A recent report by T3 (via 9to5Mac) suggests that 3rd-party hardware add-ons called Appcessories for iPhones and iPads will soon be making their way into the Apple Stores. Bandar Antabi, the vice president and head of special projects at Jawbone speculates that Apple could well expand its retail experience with “a new section dedicated to app-connected hardware” in the near future.
Citing from the source:
Appcessories are going to play a significant role in the future of smartphones and applications. We will begin to see more and more companies integrate applications with accessories and other devices that can complement your smartphone experience. […] There is a lot of motivation for retailers to create specific appcessory sections within their storefronts to better promote this growing range of products.
As crazy as the term Appcessories might sound, the idea of app-connected hardware itself sounds pretty appealing though. However as 9to5Mac notes, “T3‘s track record is not so great”. But who knows, Apple might actually be thinking about this as they have promoted similar hardware in the past, dedicated to the iPod lifestyle.