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WWDC Roundup

  As you may know Apple held it’s World Wide Developer’s Conference (WWDC) Recently. I made some predictions about what the would see at the keynote announcement.  Let’s recap my predictions and some of the other cool stuff announced at this year’s WWDC. 

  • We will see a new music service

CHECK: The new Music service will launch this month. 

MISS:

  • No video streaming service

CHECK: There was NO new video service announced at WWDC.  

  • No new TV

CHECK:  I don’t expect a new TV until Apple can revolutionize content delivery. 

  • Native apps for watch

CHECK: The things that are coming in watchOS2 are awesome!

  • Possibly native apps for TV

MISS:  This was a shot in the dark, honestly.  

  • iOS 9

CHECK:  No-brainer, right.  This version of iOS is huge for iPad. It brings split screen multitasking to the iPad. 

  • An improved spotlight search
  • An improved Siri
  • Something akin to Google Now

CHECK, CHECK, CHECK:   Apple announced Intelligence  and it is awesome. It’s location aware and it will search inside other apps. This is a huge. I was a big spotlight fan. If Intelegence brings the results as promised I will continue to be. 

  • OS X 10.11 

CHECK:  OS X 10.11 is named El Capitan and it brings some great new features. 

  • Refresh for Mac Mini
  • Refresh for Mac Pro

MISS:  It has been over 240 days since the Mac Mini release, and over 540 days since the Mac Pro release so it was worth speculating that they would be released.1

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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.