Macworld Expo: Apple rumor roundup

“Apple’s last Macworld Conference and Expo opens Monday at San Francisco’s Moscone Center, but the real action starts Tuesday at 9 a.m. PT (12 noon ET) with senior vice president Phil Schiller’s opening remarks — the first Macworld keynote not delivered by Steve Jobs since 1997,” Philip Elmer-DeWitt reports for Fortune.

Our top 10 favorite Macworld rumors:
10. Snow Leopard release date
9. Unibody 17-inch MacBook Pro
8. Revamped iWork
7. 32 GB iPhone
6. 64 GB iPod touch
5. New Mac mini
4. New iMac
3. New iPod shuffle
2. New Apple TV/Time Capsule
1. Steve Jobs

Below the line:
• iPhone nano
• iPod tablet

Full article here.

17 Comments

  1. matte screens!
    removable batteries!
    firewire 400!
    green blinky hard disk lights!!
    parallel ports!
    the return of the floppy disk!
    the 68000 CPU to make a comeback!

    ohhhh MW is going to be awesome!!!!

  2. This is my dream:

    Steve Jobs cartwheels onto the stage.

    Rob Enderle is invited on stage.

    Steve squres up, Enderle trie a jab, but Steve puts in a left hook.

    Enderle goes down.

    The ‘Steve is dying’ rumours are laid to rest for good…

  3. I will be surprised & disappointed if upgraded MacPros with new displays are not introduced. And isn’t this the right time for an iLife announcement? Or is Apple happy with the current iLife for another year? I’d esp like to see some iMovie changes.

    And the more I am involved with the “new” MobileMe, the less I like it. It was certainly a step down from .Mac. Make that two steps down.

  4. 10. Snow Leopard release date
    Possibly, more likely at WWDC

    9. Unibody 17-inch MacBook Pro
    Maybe a mention, but this will not likely be at a major release, just a press release.

    8. Revamped iWork
    Very likely

    7. 32 GB iPhone
    Could happen. Again, not a big enough change for a keynote

    6. 64 GB iPod touch
    See #5

    5. New Mac mini
    Very likely, assuming that it has the major changes that are rumored.

    4. New iMac
    Only if they are tossing in a quad-core option.

    3. New iPod shuffle
    Doubt it

    2. New Apple TV/Time Capsule
    Possibly

    1. Steve Jobs
    That would be fun

    I think you may see a MacPro announcement. With those new Intel chips, that could mean big enough changes.

  5. It would be disappointing not to see new iLife. We definitely need the ability to burn HD content. If Steve thinks FW is no longer needed because consumers are moving to tapeless HD camcorders, he should really be consistent and give us tools that allow us to deliver that HD content to our Blu-ray players. We don’t really need Blu-ray burners (or $35 blank discs) in order to do that; ordinary DVD+R (DL) discs will do; we just need tools to do this in the true Apple way. At present, it’s a colossal hassle, with the only cheap software for that being Toast 9 (of all tools, no less!).

    Current crop of Apple’s hardware could properly handle AVCHD files if only the software they have would properly support it. It is very clear that today, 9 out of 10 camcorders out there are AVCHD and tapeless (i.e. no FW). And 5 out of 10 retail for below $500. Steve sait that the year 2007 was “the year of HD”. It’s now 2009 and it’s time for it to be really true, Steve.

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