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W-2 : Apple Rumour Mill – The Hamsters are hard at work

It’s W-2, two days to the Apple WWDC (Worlwide Developer’s Conference) and the Hamsters are hard at work spinning the rumour treadmill in a blurry fever of activity as Monday approaches.

Apple is being as tight lipped as ever, with only this little tidbit of information for enlightenment.

wwdcA landmark event. In more ways than one.
Apple brouchure image for WWDC ’08

What’s on the cards? Who knows. There have been a few interesting rumours circling, some more likely than others.

Here is my take, on the record:

  • iPhone 3G release rumour
    A dead cert. There will be a new iPhone released or call me a Lard sandwich.
  • iPhone 3G pictures leaked


    The photos on Crunchgear are clearly fake. There are two reasons why I think so, one a stronger reason than the other.

    1. It was pointed out that the lock button on top of the device is missing on the Product Red device.
      Good point, well spotted.
    2. But the real reason why is this photo.

    Pure Cheese

    Are you telling me that Apple’s poster boy for one of the most anticipated products in Apple’s history would turn up with a grin like that? Where’s the cool? Where’s the hip? Where’s the moody lighting? Basically, where’s the ‘I wanna be him’ factor. Nah. I don’t buy it for a second.

      • OS X 10.6 Development will be Announced
        I don’t think Apple will want to repeat their last performance in late delivery.
      • OS X 10.6 will be called Snow Leopard
        Don’t buy it, even if it’s a special “catchup” release (see below).
        OS X 10.6 Will be Intel Only – This is the most difficult to predict 

        • For: The best guess so far for it being Intel only is IMHO provided by the enthusiastic Mr. Dilger from RoughlyDrafted: Death of PowerPC who’s solidly thought out piece, while having no more evidence than any other, appears to me to follow Job’s feelings on simplicity and disdain for “legacies”. I think the days of Universal binaries and multi cpu complexity are numbered.

      Roughly Drafted – Intel Macs v All Macs < 4 years old

      • Against: Why did they buy P.A. Semi if they’re dropping Power Support?
        I think the “Landmark Event” poster gives us a clue, just like the “It’s in the Air” did last time.

      My Prediction: OS X will be split into two branches. The Mac Branch, which will be Intel only and the PPC branch which will support small, low power devices – Perhaps transitioning low power stuff to PWRficient range of Power chips from P.A. Semi.

      • OS X 10.6 will be a special, free release
        This is a very intriguing rumour. I like the idea that Apple will take a step back and address all the problems that have, quite frankly, started to take the shine of some of their more recent releases. OS X is getting shaky again, as is its reputation.
        After the relative stability of 10.3 Leopard and 10.4 Tiger, their latest 10.5 Leopard is definitely a step back in performance and stability while not offering too much in the way of immediately visible benefits.
        However, as much as I like the idea of a special release like this, I don’t see it happening. Why? Because 1. It offers no new functions that punters would pay for and 2. Apple never pass on an opportunity to milk their faithful of their hard-earned cash. 3. It highlights the errors and flaws in an current Apple product: This rarely happens.
        The main reason is is that OS X is already good enough. It’s not perfect by any standard, but it’s already better than Vista and it is the best selling OS Apple has ever released.

      I think that 10.6 when it releases will be a standard priced (i.e. full priced) and hopefully, 64 bit Intel only upgrade, simpler, leaner, cleaner and with just enough bells and whistles to make the faithful pay for it.

      • .MAC will be revamped
        I don’t really care. I’m not to fussed in the grand scale of things. As a subscriber, I’d of course love to see .MAC become more useful. Give me more storage, faster transfers and access to my bookmarks from Safari on Windows and I’d be largely satisfied. 

        • FOR: When questioned by “Waltberg” about leaving .mac to fester, Steve replied:
          I couldn’t agree more, and we’ll make up for lost time in the near future.

      Well, there are my two predictions for the WWDC ’08. The rest of the stuff is all icing on the cake.

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