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.]


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

    I dunno, maybe Apple will finally open up some iPod API’s.

    Maybe we’ll see an advanced new form of iPod, with widespread appeal to developers.

    We’ll all know soon enough.

  2. Damnit, whatif, you stole my post! Your exactly right, though I posted the idea months ago on MDN. Apple needs to create support an SDK for iPod development, which would absolutely explode the iPod ecosystem (in the same sense as the Cambrian explosion — This would lock in the iPod market even more securely and lock out the competition (Zune and the other losers).

    And of course, that would make any additional iPod hardware announcement properly fit into the main theme of WWDC.

  3. Apple won’t release Mac Pros with Leopard installed. Tiger will ship on the Mac Pros for several months before Leopard is released. This way, the early Mac Pro adopters will also pay for the $129 upgrade once Leopard is released.

  4. I want Steve to get up on stage and demonstrate voice recognition on a Mac.

    There’s no big reason, it already exists and has been there for years, but I just want him to successfully do it and show that it works on a Mac, but when Microsoft recently did it for Vista it all went hilariously wrong and they had to make up implausible excuses about noise from the crowd – who we could hear were silent until they started laughing at this latest failed demo.

    It would just be a great way for him to demonstrate the difference between Apple’s ‘it just works’ approach and Microsoft’s ‘we hope it might work one day’.

  5. I want Steve to get up on stage and demonstrate voice recognition on a Mac.

    Why merely demonstrate?

    Steve should drive his whole keynote via VR, in over-the-top proof that “it just works”.

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  6. Steve is going to save his ‘surprise’ arrows for MWSF, and will do nothing to interfere with focus on Leopard.

    WWDC is not the right venue for radically new products that aren’t related to the OS.

    What we will see at WWDC is Leopard demo’d (but no release date), a Mac Pro (nee: Power Mac) and possibly a Mac Serve (nee: xServe).

    Leopard will be king here because: “It’s the OS, Stupid”. It’s just that simple.

  7. Macrumors said at the end of the article they’ll be live-blogging the keynote…will Apple make the keynote available on their website later in the day, like they do for the MacWorld keynote?

    (I’m hoping there’ll be some decent conferences this year at MW07, so I can justify a conference pass just to get the keynote again…)

  8. Ah…Just checked in for WWDC.

    iPods? I doubt it. As I’ve said, Apple has no problem getting the press to pay attention to an iPod announcement and they don’t need to go “off message” at WWDC. About the only iPod thing I could see would be something like an 8GB iPod nano–fairly minor bump. Have 2, 4, and 8GB iPod nanos for the price of the old 1, 2, and 4.

    New Displays are a possibility–I brought a colorimeter just in case–but the more I think about it, the less likely it might be. One of the alleged big new cool features of Leopard is resolution independence. So I don’t think Apple wants to push new high-resolution displays before Leopard because they’ll look tiny on Tiger. So new monitors might wait. But there are a lot of good reasons for Apple to do something with their monitor line-up (price being the most obvious).

    One reason I could see for a new set of monitors would be the Macintosh Pro (Please Apple–spell it out!) in a non-metallic case. Apple makes great hay over the fact that the monitors look like the computers–metallic monitors, metallic computers. If the Macintosh Pros use some form of different case, I’d suspect that Apple would retool the monitor housing as well to make the sure they match.

    As for the Macintosh Pro, I wouldn’t be surprised if Apple showed it and announced shipping dates. While the leading software for the Macintosh Pro (Photoshop, Xpress) won’t be available until next year, Xcode is available now. And developers buy lots of “Pro” machines. Will they be shipping at the conference? It wouldn’t surprise me in the slightest. Will Apple discontinue the PowerMac G5? Nope. They’ll have a little section in the store and keep selling them until Photoshop and Xpress ship. Figure that at next year’s WWDC, Apple will have a ceremonial burial of the PowerPC chip.

    iPhone? I doubt it, but I would love it if they did ’cause my cellphone went tits-to-the-sunshine last night, so I am cellphoneless in San Francisco. Way frustrating. If Apple built it this week, I would so be there.

  9. The only 2 sites with live updating that I am aware of thus far are…

    Ah, whatever happened to the good ol’ days of live video streaming? I’d even settle for a 15 minute delay. I’m wondering if their servers and services couldn’t handle the streaming video in conjunction with the simultaneous flood of software updating and info/store hits.

    Steve, do live streaming and charge $5, appling it to your favorite charity.

  10. I believe the rumor that iChat is going to be talked about *a lot* over the next year to be true. I’ve posted on previous threads in the past that they need to release a Win version to make it a viable standard. I believe Apple will be going head-to-head with Skype in 2007. iChat is going to see many major enhancements in the next 18 months. If they time it right, I believe Apple could lock-in iChat as a standard (or at minimum a competing standard). This is just too big of an arena for Apple to ignore. Not sure if it will be talked about in-depth at WWDC, but I think it will be a topic – and one that will grow momentum rapidly.

    iChat is going big-time in the coming year.


    If I’m wrong, I will happily accept ridicule, slander, hate, and flames.

  11. Ahhh! It’s like Christmas!

    i don’t know what will be harder to do: Fall asleep tonight or wait patiently (not looking at any of these sites) until the keynote’s posted on the QuickTime site!

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