Back in Feb. I wrote a predictions article for WWDC 2007. I thought it might be funny to write a predictions article that early. After several months, however, I still think most of what I wrote will happen. You can read that early predictions article right here.
Now, with WWDC just around the corner, I’m going to take another stab at it and see how close I can get.
Now, just for reference, I made 7 predictions about Macworld 2007, and here’s how they turned out.
- iTV (AppleTV) fully unveiled and available for purchase – Right (you could pre-order it)
- iLife/iWork 07 @Macworld- Wrong
- Leopard features unveiled – Wrong
- iTunes 7.5 released – Wrong
- No “true” Video iPod – Right (some might argue that the iPhone is “true” video iPod…but I disagree)
- iPod Market Dominance – Right
- iPhone Revealed – Right
So I got 4 right and 3 wrong. Not the best stats, but I can live with it. Hopefully I’ll do better this time…
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 GUI to be another secret of Leopard.
3 – New iLife w/iTunes HD – The new versions of iLife will be revealed 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 – New Mac Minis and Macbook Pros – With the recent update of the Macbooks, the Macbook Pros are in desperate need of CPU upgrade, and the Mac Minis are due as well. I expect to see new version of both products at WWDC if not before…
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.
If you took the time to read the Feb. article you’ll notice it’s not much different. I still feel like everything written here is a strong possibility, and I can’t wait for the Keynote (which will be providing live coverage of) to find out how close I am…
Now, I’ll bet a few of you have Predictions and speculation of your own…feel free to leave comments or links to your own Predictions articles in the comments below.