I’ve been thinking a lot about what we might see at WWDC next week, and I don’t normally like to write posts like this.. I have no insider info, but my friends still work at Apple, and I know where they work and when they are busy and not..
But, in no particular order is my thoughts on what we’ll see at WWDC:
- The ‘secret features’ we were promised. These have to appear. Something called the secret features has to be announced by Steve. I have a few thoughts on what they might be, but I think the biggest one is going to be a new look for Aqua. Or something to replace Aqua. Things have just felt bolted on to me in the ‘shall not be mentioned’.
- Free iPhones for all the attendees. Yes, I still remember the free iSights from a few years ago. Yes, deep down I hope Steve surprises us with the ability to either get free iPhones, or buy the first 5000 without having to line up at a store. Deep deep down I hope we can pick one up with our DVD of Leopard. But then I wake up and realize it’s not going to happen.
- No SDK for the iPhone. I haven’t worked on any sort of SDK, but I’ve been around Apple and Apple developers/evangalists/cocoa api engineers enough to know that they aren’t going to have time to rush out an SDK for third party developers. I hope they have time to finish the iPhone to a good enough quality to not spoil the first day purchasers experiences.
- New enclosures for the Mac Pro’s and monitors. We’ve had these encloses for a long while, I think a good 3 years correct? I understood this at first – hey, we’re switching to Intel, but they’re still Macs! Don’t worry, stick with us. Now.. well now, here we are.. everything is Intel based, we’re on second revisions of chip sets, sometimes third. Let’s see what Jonathan Ives and his folks have been doing.
- Wednesday night is TBD. I think we are going to see Ratatouille on the big screen before the June 29th release date. Which would suck because I want to also go to the Cocoaheads meeting at the Apple store in San Francisco.
I’d be curious to hear your thoughts on what we might see.