Originally posted by Ensign Pulver
People, there will be no consumer devices, iPod or otherwise at WWDC. It's a developer conference.
New Power Macs and displays are a lock, and if a "consumer" iMac G5 is announced it will only be in the context of broadening the user base for G5 chips to spur development of G5 optimized software.
If I had five cents for every time I heard that, I could pay off my mortgage...
Listen, I know that this is going to be a Developer's Conference. That is known. However, since Apple has removed itself from MacWorld Boston, the only other time for major events in the United States is during the WWDC.
Also, let's not forget something. Even Developer's are consumers. Plus, developers are not all code geeks; they are people who create hardware, create the software, and the visionaries who drive both of those arenas.
What I am trying to say is let's not get so hung up about the fact that this is at the WWDC. It is Steve Jobs's Keynote, one of two major ones during the course of a year in the U.S.
Now, onto some more predictions:Power Mac
I think that the G5 will be upped to the following configs:
Dual 2.2 GHz, Dual 2.6 GHz, and (released in Sept) Dual 3.0 GHz. Not much else will change, not even the pricepoint. They may make PCI-X across the board standard, but that I do not know.iMac
Yes, even developers are concerned with this machine. I hope that they will become a G5, and that is what my gut instinct is telling me. G5's across the board:
15" / 17" G5 1.8 (or 1.6) GHz
17" / 20" G5 2.0 GHz
I think that they will all have SuperDrives in them now, as well as they will all have AirPort Extreme. They may even show a price reduction.
The iMac is due for a new look. I think that this may happen during this show. It is a good time to do it because Apple needs to really start rewarding all of its developer's out there; and a first-peek of the new iMac would be a nice bonus.xCode
Again, this is a developer's conference, so they need to show something more than just Tiger. xCode is probably one of the biggest innovations when it comes to the overall workflow of the development process. I hope that they include other languages other that C/C++/Obj.C/Java. Other languages like Python, PHP, Perl, etc. could use with an awesome IDE like xCode (PHP and Perl may be a little difficult, being that they are scripting languages). I think they will improve upon the stability, improve upon the feature set, and improve upon the speed of the application. xCode is not something that should be over-looked, as it could very well revolutionize the whole developmental process.Tiger
So far, I have heard some rumors, but none that have been really emphasised alot. I think that it is going to be a major release with a lot of new features. I also think that it is going to be G5 optimized (which I believe Panther is not). They may have some improvements like enhanced meta-data capabilities added to the Finder, better support for both Windows connectivity and Open Source protocols. Other than that, I am drawing a blank.975?
Now I think that this is worth mentioning. The 975 (or whatever they hell they want to call it) is supposed to be based off from the Power5 chipset. This is a huge advance in quite a short period of time. As such, I think they may announce what it is, and where it will go. I honestly think we will not see a new machine with it at the WWDC, but I think we will see its immergance during MWSF 2005.
These are my guesses; both educated, and some not quite so educated.