With the World Wide Developers Conference just around the corner, many Mac users are gearing up for new products from Apple. On the top of the list is Snow Leopard, the newest version of OS X. We all expect Apple to demonstrate Snow Leopard at WWDC, and reveal a firm release date. We also expect Apple to show the third-generation iPhone.
With those satisfying but obvious rumors out of the way, what can we expect in the way of surprises this year? Here’s my list of ‘maybes.’
- Updated MacBook and MacBook Pro. This would be a minor update, just slightly faster processors. But Apple may surprise us with integrated 3G modems for cellular data connections, and a new GPU option.
- Blu-ray support. Even before Snow Leopard arrives, a new version of iTunes will include Blu-ray capabilities, allowing you to play Blu-ray videos within the iTunes environment. Of course, you’ll need a third-party Blu-ray player, until Apple starts selling Macs with built-in Blu-ray devices.
- Macs come to Walmart. Walmart is rumored to be expanding its electronics section in response to the failures of Circuit City and other electronics vendors. Along with this expansion would come new brand-specific areas within Walmart stores. Walmart already sells iPhones and iPods; if the company added MacBooks and iMacs, it would want them in its stores in time for back to school promotions, making the WWDC a good time and place to make the announcement. It would also please developers who are looking for more avenues to increase sales.
- At least one Steve Jobs sighting. Steve won’t be making an official appearance, but I would not be surprised to see him, along with a small armada of Apple management, holding sway at a press conference with selected news outlets after the first day’s events.