You did ask "when annd what", and there are lots of people on Ai who have little voices whispering secrets in their ears.8)
I like the idea of a pre-Vista trump card, but I believe that it follows too closely on the heels of the iPhone announcement (which in its own way was a Vista trumper). Also, with no software nor computer-repated announcements last week (as if we really needed anything other than the phone), lots of goodies must be jjust about ready to pop out.
Personally, I don't see an octopus coming quite yet; Steve is a present-day Nemo of sorts, but I do see him going towards a few steadier products; the big ones aren't made for special events.
Group 1 (late Feb, early Mar)
- new displays
Group 2 (Apr)
- iLife update
- TV shows and movies in Japan (forget Europe!)
- new iMac
- new iPod
Group 3 (May?)
- iWork major update
- new MBP super porttable with quicktouchpad instead of track pad, othe hot things
The MB, Mac mini and some apps will be updated along the way. Possibly, Leopard will nt come until WWDC, but that is late.
Steve likes themes, and this will be a big year (he said lost is coming). I can't wait.
Group 4 (not soon enough)
- iPhone on sale in Japan