In the weeks running up to this year’s Macworld Expo, as we’ve done before every previous Macworld, we were tracking a dozen or so hot rumors of new products that Jobs and company might unveil on the big stage.
Alas, when Apple senior VP Phil Schiller finally took the podium, we got a couple of software updates and a fairly yawn-worthy 17-inch MacBook Pro. Meanwhile, we found a whole bunch of cool product mock-ups on the Web, any one of which would surely have generated more buzz than the meager offerings the company actually launched at this year’s show.
Here are seven of the most enticing nonexistent Apple gadgets we wish Schiller had announced. Though we never put much stock in the rumors, the buzz about a possible miniature iPhone (which many hopeful observers called the “iPhone Nano”) has been pretty hard to ignore. Japanese design company Information Architects took time out to visualize what such a device might look like–and even went a step further, adding a Shuffle version of the handset that would turn your daily communications into a game of roulette.
(If you enjoy concept designs, take a look at PC World’s Ultimate Laptop to Replace a Desktop or Building the Perfect Smart Phone.)