Apple Computer WWDC 2006 rumors roundup

“With the 2006 Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) quickly approaching, the Mac rumor scene has been buzzing with rumors and reports. As usual, MacRumors provides this Rumor Roundup as a summary of major rumors circulating around the Mac Web before the big event,” arn writes for MacRumors.

MacRumors covers the following rumors and the speculation about each from various outlets:
• Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard)
• Mac Pro (Power Mac desktop/workstation replacement)
• iPhone
• iPod+iTunes: iPod nano, “true” video iPod, iTunes Movie Store
• Xserves
• Displays
• Other updates

Full article here.

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

33 Comments

  1. Forget iPhone. Will not arrive before 2007 earliest… But what about a proper media center with DVD-burner, dual-TV-tuner and wireless functionality? Thats what I am waiting for!
    First post!

  2. I don’t really see what iPod has to do with Developers. So to me, it doesn’t seem logical..

    However, there was an iPod on the WWDC banner…

    10.5 MacPro, Xserve, they all make sense…

  3. Amazing Apple can keep the lid on their product offerings as much as do. Do they lock their employees in a closet at the close of business?

    Rumors…rumors…rumors. “I want the facts Ma’m, just the facts.” Rumors listed here are rather weak. How about some photoshop type pictures to add substance to this creative guessing game?

  4. “I don’t really see what iPod has to do with Developers.”

    That’s easy. Leopard will only ship on new, wireless 100 GB iPods thus ensuring huge iPod sales through to the winter holidays.

    Very clever, Steve!

  5. Jeff,
    Not entirely true. Macrumors.com got it right about the Intel switch the day before WWDC last year.

    I think the changes to the underpinnings of 10.5 will be a bigger deal but won’t be talked about much by Uncle Steve in the keynote. He always shows off the consumer-oriented flashy features but it’s the geeky stuff that gets me hot and heavy.

    Can’t wait – it’s Christmas Eve today, folks!

    Ampar,
    “Eventualista” – great one! Giving you credit for that one each and every time I use it.

  6. Thanks, Cubert!

    “Do they lock their employees in a closet at the close of business?”

    shhhhhhhhhh! ! ! (Yes, but they get to sit on piles of stock option certificates which is surprisingly comfortable.)

  7. You people need to think big.. I mean Apple-type big….

    Imagine a complete telecommunications system using a Vonage-like system for video phone AND television. The core component, a central data center, need only be connected directly to your cable/DSL modem… much like Airport on steroids. It would work via Wi-fi to all of its components such as media centers for audio and video recoding/playing, computers and an iPhone that automatically switches from in-home wi-fi to cell phone when out of range. This way there are no cell charges while at home. 911 calls can be made as the base unit transmits its own GPS location.

    Apple could greatly simplify all of a home’s and business’ communication needs. Such a wi-fi base station could support multiple independent wi-fi (iPhone) cell phone numbers, computers, and media centers. RendezvousMedia would instantly network all types of devices, not just computers. It would even work seamlessly with other RendezvousMedia networks over the internet making all types of combinations possible such as programming video shows at home from a computer at work… watching recorded videos from anywhere to anywhere.

    With the power of its bandwidth management, the new iPhone video phones would be no larger or complex than existing cell phones, would be as smooth as any other QuickTime streaming, and incorporate all of the functions of the iPod w/ wi-fi file transfers. No need to store large video files, they can be streamed from your own computer or media center device. All data would be safe using Apple’s existing AES-128 on-the-fly encryption.

    If Apple provided the iChat-to-landline/cell phone as a service of .Mac THEN I might consider continuing my $99/yr subscription.

    Apple already has the technology in place to stun the computer and telecommunications industries by bringing them together in Apple’s usual seamless style.

  8. a lot of people keep mentioning that there will NOT be an iPod nor an “iPhone” released tomorrow because WWDC is a developer conference NOT a consumer conference.

    HOWEVER

    what if apple opened up the iPod to developers? for games, utilities, etc… Perhaps something in XCode (for Leopard) to quickly develop iPod apps?

    and for the “iPhone”. a blackberry type device could easily be seen as a business/developer type product. businesses use the blackberry to increase productivity among employees. i could see developers being very interested in using an iPhone to increase their productivity. AND perhaps the phone would be open in XCode in a way to easily create apps/utilities as well.

    just wondering.

  9. Predictions:

    Apple announces 10.5 is ahead of schedule, and will be available Sept. 1st (along with new Mac Pros).

    Software to run Windows apps will be bundled. Performance touted as “better than native”.

    OS X 10.6 announced, availability in late 2007.

    A regional run on Charmin occurs as MS collectively goes brown.

    Wouldn’t it be sweet… ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

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