Most of the chatter seems to fall around updated iOS and OS X designs, but it’s unlikely that Apple will do little that’s groundbreaking. After all, nobody wants to upset a few hundred million customers they same way Microsoft did. So, what’s new? It’s easy to figure it out. Here’s how.
Reading Tea Leaves
First things first. We’ve read of constrained supplies of Macs leading up to the WWDC event, but where there’s smoke there may not be evidence of fire.
MacPro models on Apple’s Store don’t appear to be constrained at all, and still offer availability to ship within 24-hours.
MacBook models were refreshed just months ago, so maybe Apple is preparing a new MacBook Air line. Despite the warnings of limited supply, MacBook Air on the Apple Store remains available to ship within 24 hours.
So much for those rumors of constrained supply. Speaking of rumors, here’s a big one from Josh Lowensohn of CNET regarding the MacPro.
Think beefy or beefed up Mac mini. Instead of the gargantuan aluminum case of the MacPro, online rumors have the new MacPro relying on Thunderbolt technology instead of expansion slots.
Also included in the speculation are dual GPUs but no Firewire 800 and all wrapped inside a smaller, faster, lighter, but far more powerful and newly designed package, sans SuperDrive.
Smaller, Faster, Lighter, More Power
Speaking of smaller, faster, lighter, and more powerful, isn’t that what pretty much everyone expects to show up in the next version of MacBook Air? Some are calling this wild speculation, while others say it’s the latest rumor out of Cupertino.
I say rubbish.
Smaller, faster, lighter, and more powerful is the road Apple is driving on these days, so where’s the insight? Longer battery life? Even that’s expected. So are improvements such as a higher resolution iSight camera.
Where’s the Retina display for the MacBook Air line? In fact, where’s the Retina display to replace Apple’s aging 27-inch Thunderbolt display? It’s due for a refresh, too.
WWDC is about developers, apps, iOS, and OS X, so I’m not expecting any exciting or insanely great products to be launched, other than an improved MacBook Air line, which is due.
Besides, didn’t Tim Cook say this?
Our teams are hard at work on some amazing new hardware, software and services we can’t wait to introduce this fall and throughout 2014.
I don’t want to be more specific, but I’m just saying we’ve got some really great sutff coming in the fall and across all of 2014.
Alright, released is not the same thing as launch which isn’t the same thing as announce which isn’t the same thing as introduce, so it’s possible Apple has something insanely great and new for WWDC up the corporate sleeve, but, nah, I don’t think so.
If whatever it is that’s coming is all that and more, it would deserve it’s own show ‘n tell. New MacBook Air line? Sure. Why not? New MacPro line? That’s a maybe, but the signs don’t point to it yet.
Anything else? No. This is a show about iOS and OS X but it could be a good opportunity for Apple to introduce updated iOS and Mac apps– to be launched in the fall, of course.