Predictions for Apple’s WWDC 2006

“What will Apple announce at WWDC06? There will no doubt be some surprises, but here are some well known inevitabilities, some reasonable possibilities for new apps, new UI, and new hardware, and a few commonly repeated ideas that – sorry – have no chance,” Daniel Eran writes for RoughlyDrafted.

Eran compiles a very interesting list. To wht you appetite, here’s his list of “no-way predictions,” the commonly repeated ideas that have zero chance of happening:

Red Box WINE or Windows Virtualization Not going to happen.
Use of Linux Kernel Linux isn’t even in the running.
Microkernel Removal Nothing wrong with the kernel.
An Intel-Only Leopard It will be Universal.
The End of an open Darwin project The kernel not going to stay closed.
iPod based Phone It will be a phone, not a music player that can place calls.
Self-Destructing Rental Media Exploding media is lame.
Skins on anything are not going to happen.

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “LinuxGuy and Mac Prodigal Son” for the heads up.]

MacDailyNews Note: Steve Jobs’ keynote preview of Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard is scheduled for Monday, August 7, 2006, beginning at 10:00am PDT.

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CEO Steve Jobs to preview Mac OS X ‘Leopard’ with team of Apple execs at WWDC 2006 keynote – June 26, 2006


  1. The biggest point worthy of re-iteraing is:

    • Red Box WINE or Windows Virtualization Not going to happen.

    I agree 100%, this will never happen. Though I do believe that rental media (movies) that expire is a possibility, not at WWDC though.

  2. Raster! You fail it! THIRD! ! ! ! Bwah-hahahahaha!

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    But seriously, we need portable RDF projectors. With decent battery life!

  3. No way in Hades that Leopard is Intel-only — can’t imagine where that rumor came from. Wonder if Boot Camp will be on a separate disk, though, so non-Intel folks can just hold onto it until they buy their new computer.

    Hmmm…is there going to be a live Webcast of the keynote, or delayed by how long?

  4. I’m not buying squat

    Unitl the dual Quad Kentsfields and BlueRay DVD drive and DRM/iSight integrated monitors arrive.

    Can’t watch BD-DVD’s unles the monitor is DRMed.

    Also the bugs will be worked out by then too. Hardware and Leopard. (can you say bugzilla?)

    Dual Dual Xeons are a waste of time, less powerful than a PPC Quad. You’ll see.

    I already violated my NDA enough as it is for today.

    Next time, the 6Gen. iPod video.

  5. Come on… This is WWDC, the only items that will be announced will be for developers, such as:
    1. OS X 10.5 preview (will have the MS spies running back to Redmond to update Vista)

    2. Mac Pro

    3. Possible XServe updates

    Why wuold apple release any iMac or iPod or mini or macbook updates? Why would they release an iPhone? Save the consumer stuff for a consumer conference or standalone event.

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