The day has arrived! WWDC ’10 begins today with a usual Keynote presentation from the head of Apple, Steve Jobs. Typically this is the time of the year when Apple announces a new iPhone. After the leak of what ended up being a real iPhone, back in April, we can pretty much expect what’s going to be announced today when it comes to the newest device. Here’s what I’ve gathered about the new iPhone, which I think will be called, iPhone HD:
– After a close up inspection of the leaked iPhone, it turns out it had a whopping 960×640 display! Wow! That quadruples the current iPhone resolution.
– It will 99.9% have a front facing camera.
– It will 99.9% have a flash on one if not both sides.
– It will run Apple’s new A4 chip that they use in the iPad which is super fast.
That’s about all there is to say about the form factor of the iPhone. I did think of something on my own today. With a front facing camera, it probably makes sense that the iPhone is a little more boxy…so that you can set it on a counter, or table and use it as a video recording device. With a rounded edge of the iPhone 3G and 3GS, a front facing camera would be impossible to stand on any surface.
Along with WWDC, there will probably be a few announcements of other products. After acquiring Lala, a cloud-based music streaming service, Apple will more than likely introduce this to the iPhone and probably iPad, and iPod touch. I never have any issues streaming audio over 3G, so I will be very excited about this possibility. With the introduction of a new HD camera and display, people are going to need their internal storage for these high capacity files.
I also think that Apple TV is going to be updated today. From what I’m reading on the net, the Apple TV is being completely revamped, and will be the size of an iPhone, just without a display. If this is true, it’s obvious that Apple will be eliminating internal storage on the Apple TV, or at least drastically reducing it, and allowing the Apple TV to stream from cloud-based storage. Apparently the price point is going to be $99, which will definitely give me incentive to purchase one.
And what about that pesky old thing called Mac OS X? Analysts are saying that it’s unlikely there will be a preview of 10.7 (as there usually is every year) because so much of Apple attention has been geared towards iPhone and iPad development. Okay, I don’t need a preview, but a name for the cat they are using as the code would be really fantastic to say over and over again to myself. Mac OS 10.7 – Kitty Cat!
I’m sure we’ll see an upgrade to Safari tomorrow. I don’t really care about this because I use Google Chrome.
And in what I am hoping for the most, even more than an iPhone, is the upgrade to MobileMe! I am a huge MobileMe endorser, but didn’t renew my subscription in February, mainly because I wasn’t enjoying paying $100 for services that I can use for free (Gmail, Dropbox, Back to My Mac). The rumor is that Apple will be announcing a couple new features with MobileMe, as well as announcing that it’s FREE! I have a feeling there will be a catch to this. I doubt anyone can just go sign up for it. Probably new iPhone and iPad users get it for free, which I would be totally okay with.
Steve Jobs emailed a user and told him that he “won’t be disappointed” so hopefully that means that WWDC ’10 is going to rock my socks.
I’ll be back later today with a check list of what came to reality and what didn’t. Fingers crossed!