Thursday, June 5, 2008

Worldwide Developer Conference

It's that time of the year again for Apple followers, when everything's put on the table. That's everything that we can wish for is put on the table and taken off one by one as Jobs introduces products and services at his own pace and we walk away feeling excited anyway.

This year will be no different. Heck, if Steve Jobs were to give the keynote at a seafood conference, I think most fans will feel the same. iWasabi, anyone?

So, what's on tap?

3G iPhone - surest thing. Anything less than this, well, watch AAPL tank big time.

New iPods - there's no talk or rumors out there on this one. Everyone knows Jobs plays iPod Santa at special events during the October time frame.

New Mac - nothing here either. With Intel delaying their new mobile chips until August, I don't think we'll see anything until September. But if Apple's given first grab, hey, then August it is.

Son of Newton - I really would like to see who coined this. Some sort of multitouch tablets that has been in the works for years, according to rumor sites. Today, Appleinsider is reporting a 50-50 chance of this thing coming out. I see the analyst who came out with this as an attempt to give the stock a little pop.

As I've said before, this is not going to happen. In light of all the other things that Jobs will be introducing, there simply isn't enough time at the keynote to do this. And the possibility of such a device overshadowing the 3G iPhone just doesn't work for Jobs.

And it's not going to happen in the fall/winter special event either. iPods and iPod Touchs are selling well. Look for a Macworld 2009 introduction instead.

Makes more sense right? Remember 2008 when the Macbook Air came out? Remember the disappointment? This Mac tablet/internet device will set things on fire.

So, we'll see the 3G iPhone, a new .Mac, and an introduction to the new OS (set for a Macworld release).

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