Macworld 2007

Macworld, San Francisco, 2007

Today is the official start of Macworld, San Francisco, 2007. Although, for most of us the real excitement starts tomorrow, with the keynote address, and opening of the exhibit floor.

I must say that I am surprised at Apple’s lack of decoration this year. In the main Moscone Hall (where the keynote will be), there’s just a single banner. It’s the same one they’ve been showing on their homepage since the 1st. Normally, they have at least 3 banners. I guess they really don’t want to give anything away this year. Or, they’re waiting until the last minute to hang the ‘real’ banners.

Anyway, what would Macworld be without predictions. I think we’re all expecting pretty big things this year. First, we have this banner that says ‘The first 30 years were just the beginning’, implying a big announcement this year, and we also have a keynote address that will be 2 hours long (9:00am – 11:00am pst tomorrow). Typically, they’re only an hour. Hopefully, they are going to announce some cool things, and we aren’t just hyping ourselves into inevitable disappointment.

I personally think we’re going to see a lot tomorrow. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if we see some kind of updates across all the products… but here’s some specific predictions:

‘iPhone’:
Yes, I’m in the camp that says this year it’s actually going to happen. I personally hope it’s more along a PDA line, and not just an iPod phone. If they announce it, I’ll be first in line to get one. Anne Marie gave me an Apple gift card for Christmas specifically for that purpose. :)

‘iTV’:
I think we’ll see a new demo, with more specifics, and possibly get a release date, but it won’t be available this month.

Displays:
I think there is a chance well see a new display, but not for the computer. The perfect companion to the ‘iTV’ would be a shiny new flat-screen, for the living room. It’s not that their current displays wouldn’t work, but the base is all wrong for your home entertainment center. I think Apple would make a display with a more invisible base (low and hidden).

Wide-screen iPod:
I’m on the fence about this one. I would like to see this come out, but I’m not sure if we’ll see it tomorrow.

Macs:
Mac minis, iMacs, Macbooks, and Macbook Pros will see a slight bump in processor speed, but no significant changes will be made. I’m firmly in the ‘NO’ camp for the possibility of black Macbook Pros. I personally would buy one, but I think Apple wants to maintain a distinct visual difference between Macbooks and Macbook Pros.

The only significant update will be to the Mac Pro. I think we’ll see a new processor, and quite possibly a new design. The current box is left-over from the G5 Powermac, and I think Apple has been planning to change it.

We’ll probably see a new processor in the Xserve, but that’s not really a consumer product, so I don’t pay much attention to it.

Mac Tablet:
mmmmm… I doubt it, but anything is possible. Given that tablets have been around for years, and no one really seems to care, I doubt Apple would go in this direction just yet. Although, I could see them doing an ultra portable Mac (Macbook mini?). I personally would love to have a Mac that is smaller than a laptop, but bigger than a PDA, for travel.

Leopard:
We’ll see a new demo, but I wouldn’t look for OS 10.5 Leopard to hit store shelves until at least July.

Software:
I think it’s a given that we’ll see iLife ’07 and iWork ’07. I also have little doubt that iWork will finally see a spreadsheet application. I think the biggest update to iLife will be in the iWeb application. I also wouldn’t be surprised if we see some kind of global media browser, kind of like ‘Bridge’ from the Adobe Creative Suite, for better media management.

I also think we’ll see updates to Final Cut Studio, but I have no specific predictions.

.Mac
We’ll probably see updates to .Mac. I think they’re going to do to iCal what they did for Mail… make a complete online version of iCal, so you can truly access (and edit) your calendar from anywhere. I think a storage bump is in the cards too. We may see some specific features for the new iWeb as well.

There you have it! Those are my official predictions. We’ll see what happens tomorrow. I would give anything to go to the keynote. :)

5 thoughts on “Macworld 2007”

  1. You’re predictions make mine look downright disappointing! Here they are anyway, we’ll have to see who’s the closest:

    – Boring sales numbers and a recap of 2006. –
    Steve knows it builds character to make the audience wait just a little bit longer. He’ll then give the numbers on iTunes movie downloads and will announce new movie studios onboard for 2007.
    – An update on iTV. –
    Steve will flesh out the exact details and there will be some surprises not mentioned at the Showtime event. He’ll give it a proper name, plus announce a ship date — possibly ‘Today.’
    – iLife ’07 and iWork ’07 will be announced. –
    iLife won’t have any new apps, but will move towards iTunes 7 in look and feel. iWork will have a new spreadsheet app called Charts. Many apps will see some sort of option for full screen use. They’ll both get a ship date, probably ‘Today.’
    – Leopard will get previewed. –
    We’ll see new features and interface updates not shown at WWDC and not seeded to developers. A ship date in Spring will be announced.
    – One more thing… *ring* *ring* –
    Steve will let the iPod phone out of the bag. He’ll demo the device, which he’ll probably take out of his pocket, and it will have a weird name that will grow on you. Service plans will be announced, preorders may be taken, but the phone won’t be available right away.
    – A quick wrapup. –
    Steve will explain how amazing all this is and slyly tell customers exactly what they should walk away thinking, while telling reporters exactly what they should walk away writing.

    We won’t see any new iPods and we won’t see a Mac tablet. I’m guessing Steve will let some of the software get shown off by other executives, while doing at least the iTV and iPod phone announcements himself. He’ll also say ‘boom.’

  2. Matt: Hmm, seems a little ‘not enough’, since the guy does actually have more time booked down for the keynote this year. I reckon we’ll also be seeing the upped mac-pros, and at least something about the iPod alongside the new ‘iPhone’ (the name is wasted on Cisco).

  3. Actually, scrap what we all just said. There’s gotta’ be something bigger than everything we’ve mentioned, to warrant

    ‘The first 30 years were just the beginning.’

    Who knows, I hope so!

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