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Friday, May 25, 2007

Some Predictions for the next Apple Announcments!

(Taken from www.applegazette.com)

1 - Multi-Touch in Leopard - Leopard is going to be the main focus of WWDC this year,and I think one of the big surprises left in Leopard is the inclusion of the iPhone’s Multi-touch navigation. Now, I’m not saying that Apple is going to abandon the mouse at WWDC. Far from it, but I think Multi-touch will be included in the OS, and there will be some products there that support it.

2 - New GUI for OS X - We all know that the Aqua interface, while still quite nice, is getting a little long in the tooth. At WWDC expect the next generation GUI to be another secret of Leopard.

3 - New iLife w/iTunes HD - The new versions of iLife will be revealed with Leopard - possibly even as a part of Leopard itself, and will all feature HD support…including HD downloads from iTunes.

4 - Blu-Ray Support - Blu-Ray support and playback in Leopard, and Blu-Ray drive options on all higher end Macs.

5 - Leopard/iPhone integration - I don’t think we’ll be seeing too much about the iPhone at WWDC this year, but we will see how extensive the integration with Leopard is…and I expect it will be very much a part of Leopard. I don’t think it’s a co-incidence that WWDC is happening before the iPhone even comes out.

6 - New Mac Minis and Macbook Pros - With the recent update of the Macbooks, the Macbook Pros are in desperate need of CPU upgrade, and the Mac Minis are due as well. I expect to see new version of both products at WWDC if not before…

One More Thing…

7 - Ultra Portable iMac w/Multi touch screen - I don’t believe we’ll ever see an Apple tablet (made by Apple at least) but I think the time is right for a device like that to premiere. The UPiMac wouldn’t be much different than the current iMac…just thinner, lighter, and attached to a removable dock when on the desktop…but it would be portable for taking around the house to use where ever you wanted - freeing you from the confines of the desk, and giving you the freedom to use Multi-touch for a completely new UMPC experience.

1 comment:

Steve Ressel said...

Well, Steve Jobs did say something about 2007 being the year everything changes or something to the effect of 'lottsa new'. We do have iPhone and aTV now, but is that quite so drastic a change? A couple new steps.

So I believe Jobs IS working toward the mutli-touch displays or notebooks. It would certainly simplify the notebook by eliminating touchpad and keyboard, if handled like the Han demonstration back in January 2006. Thus notebooks become a screen, and input ports, and probably a disc.

The coming of a multi-touch display for desktops moves the entire computer industry into a different realm. TVs are no longer 'back there' but encouraged to be right under the hand. Keyboards and mice are mostly pushed away, as are art tablets I assume. A computer-monitor-mouse-keyboard-speaker system becomes Computer-Monitor-Speakers. And iMac becomes a screen! (everything else is built in)

I am hoping Apple does the smart thing for connecting internet functionality to the layman by releasing iWeb 2 with WYSIWYG and perhaps iWebPro to put the power of site building in the hands of small business and regular Joe's without need for lots of language understanding or programming.

We'll see. I always have the feeling our hopes are greater then reality can become.