Apple Mac to take spotlight at WWDC, probability ‘low’ for new iPods

“His faithful followers will be listening carefully on Monday when Steve Jobs strides on stage to address the masses of Apple Computer Inc.’s fans at the company’s annual worldwide developers conference,” Rex Crum reports for MarketWatch. “Apple’s co-founder and chief executive doesn’t speak in public often — he doesn’t even take part in quarterly conference calls with analysts — so when he does take the stage, his words often carry more weight than might be expected in a forum ostensibly dedicated to people who design Macintosh-based programs.”

“Analyst Gene Munster, a veteran Jobs-watcher with Piper Jaffray, says it’s almost certain Jobs will tout a so-called Mac Pro machine to replace the PowerMac, and some sort of new server hardware. He said that Intel’s release of the Core 2 Duo chips line makes the developers WWDC conference an ideal stage for introducing a new product,” Crum reports. “Indeed, Jobs is likely to give a “Mac-centric” keynote address, said Shaw Wu, an analyst with American Technology Research. ‘We view this as important as many of (Apple’s) professional and high-end consumers have been waiting for a high-end expandable Intel Mac,’ Wu said.”

“Additionally, Apple has already said it would demonstrate Leopard, the next upgrade to its Mac operating system,” Crum reports. “Wu said that even though Apple devotees may crave seeing something new on the iPod front, the probability is ‘low’ that the company will launch a new iPod at this conference. Past practice suggests any new iPods are more likely to come out sometime in either September or October, he says. ‘There is always room for firsts,’ Wu said. ‘But WWDC is a Mac event and has not been used in the past for major iPod announcements.'”

Full article here.

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28 Comments

  1. After looking at several sites posting the Banner, I noticed that while the macbooks, macbook pros, and the PowerMacs were there, I did not see the mac mini anywhere.

    Hopefully, there is a new mac mini media center under one of those covered signs…

    While my hopes are high, I doubt it since this is a developer conference and Jobs rather sell us TV content rather than let us record it ourselves.

  2. this is a PRO conference. It is for developers. The other 51 weeks in the year are for consumers (Mac mini, iPods) so take a deep breath and recognize the conference for what it is.

  3. Developers! Developers! Developers! Developers! Developers! Developers! Developers! Developers! Developers! Developers! Developers! Developers! Developers! Developers! Developers! Developers! Developers! Developers! Developers! Developers! Developers! Developers! Developers! Developers! Developers! Developers!

  4. I really wanted to sell my loaded G5 Quad before now, but sigh. I guess I’ll have to wait a while longer before I have the latest & greatest again… And somebody gave me an authentic & valid, shrink-wrapped Windows XP too! Now I’ll never get to see what everybody has been complaining about. I’ve only used Apple OSes for 25 years. Sigh.

  5. Nothing buy Leopard news at WWDC.
    No hardware new releases, nothing.

    These hardware things, if any, will be announced later.
    Most likely modest upgrades of iPods in Sept.
    Upgrades in Macbooks too.
    New PowerMac (and other things) in January SanFran MacFest.

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