What will the World Wide Developer’s Conference have for us this year? Last year people were hoping for the iPhone, the True Video iPod, New Displays, New Mac Pros, New iPod Nanos, and Blu-Ray support.
What did we get?
New Mac Pros, and a Preview of Leopard.
I think our expectations should be similar this year, with a completely Leopard focused presentation…well…mostly…
1 – Multi-Touch in Leopard – Leopard is going to be the main focus of WWDC this year,and I think one of the big surprises left in Leopard is the inclusion of the iPhone’s Multi-touch navigation. Now, I’m not saying that Apple is going to abandon the mouse at WWDC. Far from it, but I think Multi-touch will be included in the OS, and there will be some products there that support it.
2 – New GUI for OS X – We all know that the Aqua interface, while still quite nice, is getting a little long in the tooth. At WWDC expect the next generation FUI “illuminous” to be another secret of Leopard.
3 – New iLife w/iTunes HD – The new versions of iLife will be released with Leopard – possibly even as a part of Leopard itself, and will all feature HD support…including HD downloads from iTunes.
4 – Blu-Ray Support – Blu-Ray support and playback in Leopard, and Blu-Ray drive options on all higher end Macs.
5 – Leopard/iPhone integration – I don’t think we’ll be seeing too much about the iPhone at WWDC this year, but we will see how extensive the integration with Leopard is…and I expect it will be very much a part of Leopard. I don’t think it’s a co-incidence that WWDC is happening before the iPhone even comes out.
6 – Leopard Officially Released – After the presentation of Leopard is over, it will be available for purchase immediately.
One More Thing…
7 – Ultra Portable iMac w/Multi touch screen – I don’t believe we’ll ever see an Apple tablet (made by Apple at least) but I think the time is right for a device like that to premiere. The UPiMac wouldn’t be much different than the current iMac…just thinner, lighter, and attached to a removable dock when on the desktop…but it would be portable for taking around the house to use where ever you wanted – freeing you from the confines of the desk, and giving you the freedom to use Multi-touch for a completely new UMPC experience.
Feel free to leave your thoughts, and your own predictions in the comments below.