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WWDC 2016 Predictions

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It is the time of year for pontificating about the company from Cupertino, CA. Apple’s World Wide Developer’s Conference is set to start today. (You can catch the live stream here.) Many times leading up to this conference there is an electricity in the air and people waiting with bated breath; this year… not so much. Almost every prognosticator is saying Apple will not reveal anything exciting this year. Here is what I expect:

Siri Update

Developers will finally get to add Siri functionality to their application.

Apple Music Update

To build upon the current subscriber base there will be a refresh to how the music streaming ap looks and new features.

No New Hardware

WWDC is a software conference. So, any hardware announcements will surprise me.

New OSs

OS X, tvOS, watchOS, and iOS will get new features and new functionality. Also look for new ways for developers to monetize their applications on all platforms.

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Rumors say the folks at Cupertino are feeling nostalgic and will rebrand the operating system for their personal computer to MacOS.

Check back tomorrow to see how accurately my predictions are.

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Apple Announcement Predictions Recap

A couple days ago I made some predictions about today’s announcement. Lets look at my predictions and see how accurate they were.

1. iOS 6 (I know big shocker) Included here, however is any new additions to iCloud functionality that will be announced for the rest of this year. Like a new streaming service, etc, et. al.

This was a gimme. iOS6 was previewed at WWDC this year. So, I counting it as right. There were many enhancements to the OS. I do not recall seeing a streaming service. +1 if you are counting.

2. The new iPhone. I think the 6th generation of the iPhone will be named “the new iPhone.” and it will be the elongated form factor with a larger screen that is circulating on the internets. Like this one

New iPhone; Check. The sixth generation of the phone is the named iPhone 5. So, +1, -1.

3. a new iPod Touch. Since, I expect form factor change in the iPhone Then, I expect at minimum a refresh of the the current iPod Touch model. Possibly a redesign for iPod Touch as well(although I’m not expecting this.)

New iPod Touch! last year’s model is the same price, and this years is $199? Really?

4. Refresh of  iPod Nano (possibly running a version of iOS)

New iPod Nano! This is a device looks great! Multi touch screen, Enough room to watch a video. Bluetooth support. This  is a home run as a media player. Home run, Apple! +1

5. tv runs iOS 6

Total Miss. No tv at today’s event. -1

Bonus Points: I do not think there will be an announcement of a the so called “iPad mini” or a full blown tv unless it is a teaser. Unless Tim Cook says “One more thing.” I do not expect to see a new product from Apple. I think if they mention a new product it will be to direct attention to a product specific launch event. Further, I don’t think we see an “iPad mini” until we see the next generation of iPad. I don’t think we see an full grown tv until Apple can revolutionize content delivery. But, I’m also secretly hoping that I am wrong.

No tv, or “iPad mini” at today’s event, and No One more thing. So, can I count this as +2? with bonus points that’d be an A+ if you’re grading 😉

I am excited about the new apple products. I can’t wait to see them in person. Can you say evaluation unit, Apple?

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My Apple Announcement Predictions

It's Almost Here

The invatation from Apple says “it’s almost here.”The Yerba Buena center in San Francisco  is decorated. The big announcement from Apple will take place on Wednesday. So, I’ll take a stab at predicting what we will see on stage.

Using the invatation and the Yerba Buena center’s decorations a guide I think we’ll see 5 things, and they are all iOS.

  1. iOS 6 (I know big shocker) Included here, however is any new additions to iCloud functionality that will be announced for the rest of this year. Like a new streaming service, etc, et. al.
  2. the new iPhone. I think the 6th generation of the iPhone will be named “the new iPhone.” and it will be the elongated form factor with a larger screen that is circulating on the internets. Like this one
  3. a new iPod Touch. Since, I expect form factor change in the iPhone Then, I expect at minimum a refresh of the the current iPod Touch model. Possibly a redesign for iPod Touch as well(although I’m not expecting this.)
  4. Refresh of  iPod Nano (possibly running a version of iOS)
  5. tv runs iOS 6

I do not think there will be an announcement of a the so called “iPad mini” or a full blown tv unless it is a teaser. Unless Tim Cook says “One more thing.” I do not expect to see a new product from Apple. I think if they mention a new product it will be to direct attention to a product specific launch event. Further, I don’t think we see an “iPad mini” until we see the next generation of iPad. I don’t think we see an full grown tv until Apple can revolutionize content delivery. But, I’m also secretly hoping that I am wrong.

I’ll post post an update after the announcement to see just how accurate I was.

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Goodbye Mobile me

good bye mobile me
So long, old friend.

It was fun while it lasted.

We had Mobile me from launch (as we do many apple products). Mobile me was the host for our family website. The closing of Mobile me made it necessary for us to find a new host. Mobile me’s closing also gave Hardie the opportunity to redesign our website.

Let us know what you think.

Do you like the new site? What feature would you like to see implemented?

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