When did Apple become a one product company? Seems like all that anybody is really interested in regards tomorrows WWDC09 press conference is the iPhone. Now as far as I am concerned form factor I REALLY hope they don’t change it. Not because I don’t think it can be improved (it can) but because I don’t want even the remotest reason to consider changing …… although Sands first generation iPhone is a bit beaten up now *wink*. I would probably settle for some magic with the softare that tripled at the very least the battery life and gave me cut and paste. I would be happy enough with that to be honest!
John Gruber articulates what he believes we’ll see at tomorrow’s keynote. Gruber first reiterates his predictions from before regarding the iPhone update:
I expect Apple to announce updated iPhones with significantly faster processors, twice the RAM, and twice the storage. I expected prices to remain the same as the current lineup: $199/299 for 16/32 GB, respectively. The video camera is going to be a major selling point.
And also reveals that “iPhone 3GS” is the codename for this next gen iPhone. It may or may not carry over to the official brand name and he is not sure what the “S” stands for.
Meanwhile, he offers some speculation about how much Apple might charge for Snow Leopard but does not believe the rumored “Marble” interface will actually make it into this version of Mac OS X:
But while I am convinced that Marble is a real design project at Apple, I no longer believe it is slated for Snow Leopard. A new visual appearance isn’t something Apple can spring on third-party developers at the last moment. If they plan to ship Snow Leopard soon say, by the end of August that just isn’t enough time to allow developers to update their software to look good under a new UI theme.
Finally, he is convinced the Apple Tablet is real but that we won’t see it tomorrow.
Gruber has been know to have some inside knowledge of Apple’s plans and his last-minute predictions can be quite accurate. MacRumors will have live coverage of the event at MacRumorsLive.com and we will have our own rumor roundup posted shortly. (Original Article)
As Apple’s WWDC opening keynote looms, one prominent blogger claims that Apple may embark on a new naming scheme for its next iPhone and that battery life, speed and video capabilities will be the key selling points.
John Gruber of Daring Fireball hears that the upcoming models have been given the codename “iPhone 3GS,” though whether this is simply an internal Apple moniker or the final naming scheme is uncertain. What the the “S” might mean is just as indeterminate; Gruber speculates that it may be “speed,” an allusion to the faster processor and additional RAM that have repeatedly been rumored as part of the update.
New, however, is an assertion that the upgraded models will have extended battery life. The new models will reportedly have “15-20 percent” more useful lifespan between charges than the iPhone 3G, addressing a common complaint about today’s handsets.
The writer also recapitulates expectations for other features based on his unnamed sources, which echo many other reports: he anticipates 16GB and 32GB models priced at $199 and $299 respectively, and believes that Apple will emphasize video editing as one of the most important software features.
Turning more towards speculation, he adds that cheaper iPhones are likely but that he suspects any move on Apple’s part is more likely to entail a large price cut on the existing 8GB iPhone 3G, which could drop to as low as $99 on a contract. Any genuinely redesigned product to fit the category isn’t likely so soon, Gruber believes.
While the late outline of Apple’s plans for Monday hasn’t been corroborated elsewhere, the blogger has had an accurate track record as of late, detailing Apple’s exact plans for unibody MacBooks just hours before they became official the same day. (Original Article)
It’s pretty much the eve of Apple’s big WWDC press conference, and Daring Fireball’s John Gruber is back at the eleventh hour to chime in some more on his previous (and perhaps well-informed) iPhone predictions. He sticks to his previous wagers — twice the CPU speed, twice the RAM, a heavy emphasis on a new video camera (no word on if there’s an additional front-facing one), and $199 / $299 for the 16GB and 32GB models, respectively — but additionally chimes in that the new device’s codename is… drumroll, please… the iPhone 3GS, which he surmises is probably going to be the final product name, as well. Kind of a yawner, if you ask us, but it’d sell like gangbusters no matter what it was called. As for that lowered-tiered iPhone, he’s expecting it to be the current 3G model with a price drop to $99. Also on the table is iPhone tethering, which we already know was built into OS 3.0, likely for a fee chosen by each carrier. Teasing farther into the future, he suggests “Marble,” codename for an OS X visual overhaul, and the tablet are very much real projects but that there’s little to no chance it’ll be at WWDC. No clue what the “S” stands for (speed, perhaps?), but at this point we’re pretty much counting the minutes to tomorrow’s keynote, and our clocks can’t tick much faster. (Original Article)