Originally posted by wnurse
they have introduced monitors at wwdc also (i'm not sure an apple monitor can be called mac related). The problem is, anything that is not ipod, seems to get lumped into the category mac and mac related. All apple products are mac related either hardware or software. I took his message to mean apple would focus more on the mac computer itself and perhaps the operating system however i can see how people can consider the monitor to be mac hardware. I consider it apple hardware, not mac hardware and apple has introduced monitors at their wwdc conference. Also they did intro podcast and new versions of itunes. Now, is that ipod related or OS X related? (both itunes and podcast can exist outside apple hardware). Apple monitors can be used without using apple computers or any apple software.
also, i never claimed that apple ever used WWDC to intro third party hardware/software.. why would they?.
Now, i'm not Mr Wu but i would not be surprised if he meant his statement as you took it. When he said mac, he could have meant everything but the Ipod.
But silly me to be confused. According to a prior post, you own me.
I don't know how much more clearer I can explain the purpose of the WWDC without repeating myself.
WWDC is a developers conference. Developers are the people who develop applications for the Macintosh platform. That means when Steve Jobs kicks of the 5 day conference with his keynote, he is speaking to the attendees of the conference which largely consists of Macintosh DEVELOPERS. And you can bet your life, that the contents of his speech are going to pertain to the interests of those who are attending the conference, the developers. Sure, it'd be safe to say that many of those developers have iPods too, but that is not why they paid $1500 to attend the conference. They came and paid $1500 because they want to learn about what Apple is doing that is going to help them in their job of developing applications for OSX. There is a time and place for non-Mac related announcements, the World Wide Developers Conference is NOT IT!
Typically, Jobs begins the keynote with a brief summary of Apple's recent accomplishments. You can expect him to announce things like how many iTunes songs have been sold. iPod marketshare, Apple retail success etc etc..
However after the summary of all things Apple, Steve moves on to the meat and potatoes of his speech which is ALWAYS largely focused on the Mac and Mac software. Since the first release of OSX, Steve's keynote has generally focused on the new upcoming technologies in the next version of OSX (apart from 2005 where he announced and explained the transition to Intel.) The preview of the next version of OSX is the number one reason developers attend the conference. This gives them a firsthand look at Apple's newest innovations and gives them the tools they need in developing their applications to take advantage of these new innovations before the OS is officially released by Apple.
Afterwards, Steve typically announces one or more of Apple's newest Mac related hardware offerings, and yes, a Cinema Display is Macintosh related. A computer screen is directly connected to the computer, right?
My point is, Wu's comments were ridiculous. It does not require any speculation or "analysis" to determine that this years WWDC will preview OSX Leopard. Apple have already publically announced they would do this.
It also does not require any speculation or analysis to determine that iPod, iPhones, or any other non-Mac related product won't be introduced during the WWDC keynote. They never are. Those types of product announcements are reserved for special press announcements or for events like the MacWorld Expo. The WWDC is a Macintosh conference for Macintosh developers. It is only logical that the keynote and product introductions will all be Macintosh related.