I would also like to throw my $.02 in here and point out that Apple employees sign a NDA (Non Disclosure Agreement) and Apple frequently reads these and other boards looking for leakers.
They even make Developers agree to such things
From the developer agreement.
Confidential Information. You agree that all information disclosed by Apple to you that relates to Apples products, designs, business plans, business opportunities, finances, research, development, know-how, personnel, or third-party confidential information, will be considered and referred to collectively as Confidential Information. Confidential Information, however, does not include: (a) information that Apple makes generally available to the public; (b) information that you can demonstrate to have had rightfully in your possession prior to disclosure to you by Apple; (c)
information that is independently developed by you without the use of any Confidential Information;
(d) information that you rightfully obtain from a third party who has been given the right to transfer or disclose it by Apple; or (e) any third party software and/or documentation provided by Apple and accompanied by licensing terms that do not impose confidentiality obligations on the use or disclosure of such software and/or documentation, for example, software governed by the GNU General Public License (GPL). You agree not to disclose, publish, or disseminate Confidential Information to anyone other than those employees and contractors working for the same entity as you who have an existing ADC membership. You further agree to take reasonable precautions to prevent any unauthorized use, disclosure, publication, or dissemination of Confidential Information. You agree
not to use Confidential Information otherwise for your own or any third partys benefit without the prior written approval of an authorized representative of Apple in each instance.
This is why we are so skeptical when we hear an apple rep disclosing a SIGNIFICANT new feature in the OS.
Bootcamp came as a total surprise.
Hell, the ability of OSX to run on Intel hardware was a persistent rumor for years. The codename had been Marklar.
There is a long tradition of the mac fanatics trying to read the tea leaves.
A good movie to watch:
Pirates of Silicon Valley
Once again, welcome and keep those keen ears open!