Originally Posted by gigi
YESSSS it's own search engine, I think this is the thing Apple have no choice to go in.
Apple totally has the choice to not. Just like they didn't create their own ISP for MobileMe etc, they didn't create their own cellphone company for the iphone.
Truth is, Apple would be better off not getting into the search engine business. It would be following not leading and it could put them into more DoJ danger because it would only make sense to make it the default on Safari etc and that could be seen, particularly with the phone os, as anti trust
There are many things Apple can do at WWDC that aren't big brand new things but improving on what they have been doing.
some features of MobileMe going free while others stay paid, or even the price just coming down.
updates to ilife/iwork
updates to the pro App suites
updates to the Mac Pro
updates to the Apple TV
an update to itunes to use the tech gained by buying lala.com
new free apps for the iphone os done indie style like ibooks so you can use or not as you like (and they can improve without needing a total OS update)
and so on.
all of these are useful, come be pretty darn amazing etc even though they are just 'taking a breath' moments. but what is the harm in that. They have released some killer stuff with the ipad and this new phone does appear to be rather amazing. So now would be the perfect time to circle the wagons and clean up some stuff. Improve what is already on the table rather than clutter it up with more new stuff.
And who doesn't like to see their existing stuff get better. Don't we often see gripes about Apple launching and forgetting stuff. Like the Mac Pro, like the Apple TV.
Originally Posted by DJinTX
I get the feeling that we won't hear a peep from Apple about the ATV at WWDC. At this point, Apple either has to kill off the ATV, or go for complete reconstructive surgery. I think they will opt to make it really great to compete with the GoogleTV, but something liek this surely will get it's own press event, say in September/October?
I tend to suspect that they have already been doing this reconstructive surgery but no one was paying attention cause it's just Job's "hobby" and not something "important" like a laptop or the iphone.
I also suspect that Mr Eric knew that something was up for this summer before he left and announced his TV when he did in an attempt to beat Apple to the punch. Trouble is that like the ipad v courier et al, Apple will announce with release (perhaps even immediate) while the GoogleTV gave us a demo of something for 'later'
Originally Posted by DJinTX
So, with that said, I don't think they will ever dive into delivering a DVR. I think they will focus on streaming.
Agree. Sort of. I don't know that it would be streaming or timed downloads. But I do think they will do something. However I disagree that it will be via Hulu etc. Going that route is as big a bag of hurt as Blu-ray. You are dependent on someone else's contracts for content and the terms. If they change something, you lose.
I think that Apple will continue to focus on itunes and having their own contracts for content. Get more shows up, old and new, get more movies. More stuff in HD, even work on a 1080p file that isn't outlandishly huge. More rental options, lower prices, hopefully convince the studios/networks to allow a subscription service even if just the SD files for now. Something that is one fee for the whole buffet. One version that was going around was a 24 hour timed download (a kin to the rentals) but you could have as many as you want and repeat as often as you want. From the whole library. Say $30 a month.
Originally Posted by AsianBob
Only problem I see with this line of thought is that Hulu doesn't post the episodes right away.
No one does. Google won't likely either.
The issue is the studios and networks. See their income is 100% tied to the very outdated Nielsen system. That means on the air broadcasts. So they will not allow anything that could possibly cut into that. they have not yet embraced the idea or found a system to incorporate things like itunes and amazon into the show funding equations. So they stick with the old. And will probably until someone takes a stand and sues them over it. Something crazy like declaring the whole system censorship. The lawsuit would likely fail but the blogs etc would be on fire over the issue. So it might still shake things up