January 9th, 2007 is going to be here before you know it. At 9am Pacific time, Steve Jobs will deliver the Macworld Keynote, and if next year is anything like the last few years, it’s sure to be full of big announcements, and maybe even a few surprises. While it’s still early to speculate…let’s face it…it’s fun to speculate, and there are some things we can predict based on what we know now about Apple. With that in mind, here are 7 predictions about what you can expect to see at Macworld 2007.
iTV – I don’t think we were originally supposed to see iTV at the “Showtime” event this past September. I think iTV might have originally been the “One more thing…” for Macworld 2007…but when the Internet lit on fire about a “true” Video iPod and a wireless set-top box, Apple decided not to have us leave the “Showtime” event totally disappointed, and gave us a preview of this interesting new device….but I don’t think we’ve seen everything it can do yet…and I’m betting that Macworld 2007 is going to be it’s time to shine.
The patent for an Apple Universal Remote has also been revealed this week. A remote like this is almost sure to be bundled with iTV, and most likely unveiled at Macworld.
I’m betting the $299 set-top box will be available for purchase at the conclusion of the Keynote.
iLife ’07/iWork ’07 – Macworld, at least in recent years, has been all about software. iLife has been a staple for the event for the past two years, and I think it’s safe to say we’ll see the ’07 versions of both iLife and iWork at Macworld 2007.
This yearâ€™s edition of iWork is rumored to have a spreadsheet program called â€œLassoâ€ to further complete Appleâ€™s version of MS Office.
Leopard â€“ With OS X 10.5 promised for release in spring of 2007, Macworld 2007 is a perfect place to fully introduce the world to Appleâ€™s latest OS innovations. A new (more Spotlight-focused) Finder, a more Unified iTunes 7-like look for the OS, and possibly even the previously scrapped â€œHome on iPodâ€ feature, are just a few of the additions to Leopard that we can expect to see during the Keynote.
iTunes 7.5- Right now Apple is looking for a “Mobile Marketing Manager”. Could this fuel speculation about an iPhone? Sure…but I think it’s much more likely that iTunes is going to add ringtones and other cell phone related media to the online store. My guess is that Macworld will bring us iTunes 7.5 with Mobile content, and much better Hollywood Studio support for movie downloads..
No “true” Video iPod – January just isn’t the right time for a Video iPod to be released. Is it possible? Will we see them sometime in 2007? I hope so, but Macworld isn’t the right time for a release of this product. A new generation of iPods was released on Sept. 12th, and the holiday buying season is gearing up now. If a widescreen iPod was going to be released, NOW would be the time to do it (and recent rumors suggest that we MIGHT see it before the end of the year)…not after the holiday buying season is over.
If we donâ€™t see the widescreen Video iPod before the end of the year, we wonâ€™t see until much later in 2007.
iPod Market Dominance – This holiday season it’s “Zune Vs. iPod”, but when the dust settles at the beginning of the new year, it’s clear which player is going to come out on top. The Steve Jobs Keynote will start off with the numbers from the last quarter of ’06, confirming that the iPod was unaffected by Microsoft’s “killer” device. [ You can find more on the reasons why in an upcoming article]
Ohâ€¦One More Thingâ€¦ – It wouldnâ€™t be a Steve Jobs Keynote without there being â€œOne More Thingâ€¦â€ to close out the show, and I think Macworld 2007â€™s â€œOne More Thingâ€ will be the long rumored Apple iPhone. Engadget, and other sites have been reporting for months that the phone is ready to go. We know they are working on it, we know theyâ€™re looking for a Mobile Marketing Managerâ€¦itâ€™s just a matter of time before the product is a reality, and I think Macworld 2007 is where weâ€™re FINALLY going to see it.
I’m confident in each of these, and I believe we’ll see them all in the Keynote. Of course, I could be wrong.
What do you think?