some people can never be wrong in public enough
to shut them up once and for all, here’s what I expect to hear when Steve Jobs takes the stage at the
Worldwide Developers Conference
in just a few short hours. These predictions are complete guesses, and not particularly educated ones at that. They are not based on information from Apple insiders, outsiders, or anyone who has ever driven by Apple headquarters. In fact, to ensure the purity of these predictions, I haven’t read any Apple news for the last six months just to keep my mind clear—which has made it more difficult than you might imagine to work for
But hey, if we can get a couple of Steve Jobs keynote predictions out of it, then that’s a sacrifice I’m willing to make. So in my best
It’ll run on both PowerPC- and Intel-based machines, I think. (Of course, I climbed out on
that particular limb
already, didn’t I?) Apple will just offer a preview during this keynote, but will promise a full release sometime in 2007—let’s says spring 2007 just to add a mild degree of specificity. The bulk of what gets discussed will be enhancements to existing features—Mail, Safari, Spotlight and the like—though there will also be significant attention paid to Boot Camp integration, allowing Intel-based Mac owners to boot into Windows if they so choose. On that note, I think there might be some focus on Mac gaming—how dual-booting will benefit it and maybe some other under-the-hood improvements targeted at game developers. Call it an inkling, if you will, or a supposition. Or wishful thinking.
But that’s not the only hardware announcement I’m predicting.
Steve Jobs will be joined on the stage by a slew of Mac developers, singing of the joys of developing apps that run natively on Intel chips: And one of those developers will be a big-time company who will announce a concrete release date for the Universal Binary version of one of its flagship apps.
So who’s it going to be? Adobe? Microsoft? Hey, I don’t have any problem being wrong in public, but I do like to try and avoid being ridiculously wrong.
Anyhow, that’s what I expect to see at this morning’s keynote. Feel free to point out how wrong I am in the comments thread below. And be sure to check back at 10 a.m. Pacific when
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