Once again, the folks at Apple won’t be making their presence felt in this year’s Mobile World Congress. But that doesn’t appear to be affecting their chances of grabbing the most headlines following this yearly event, to be held at Barcelona, Spain towards the end of February.
Previously, Apple’s iPhone 4 emerged victorious in MWC 2011, winning Best Mobile Device accolades. This happened despite Apple not being officially part of the event. And with the new iPhone 5 possibly months away, it looks like most of the attention at MWC 2012 will be focused on tablets.
Samsung is speculated to be previewing a new tablet, with its very own Exynos 5250 processor, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS and 11.6-inch screen with 2560 x 1160 resolution.
On the other hand, the iPad 3 is still expected by most to be out sometime in March. As far as new smartphones are concerned, we definitely won’t be seeing any Galaxy S3 at the MWC, as recently confirmed by Samsung. The new Galaxy smartphone might see a late second quarter/early third quarter release date, just like the iPhone 5.
So how will Apple be stealing the scene and the MWC-related headlines?
Even with new versions of the iPad and iPhone yet to see the light of day, Apple remains the main point of comparison against new handsets and tablets released or previewed. There is also the possibility Apple will be previewing the iPad 3 in a special event to take place around the same time as MWC 2012.
That alone might be enough publicity to draw some of the attention away from Barcelona, if such an event does happen.