updated 12:25 pm EDT, Fri May 23, 2008
Piper on WWDC predictions
The 3G iPhone will be the focus of the WWDC keynote on June 9th, but it will not dominate completely, say analysts with Piper Jaffray. The new phone is expected to be the highlight of a speech by Apple CEO Steve Jobs, but predictions also say he will spend a portion of time reintroducing the App Store, and the iPhone 2.0 firmware, which should contain a number of features that have yet to be announced. Some developer accounts have pointed to GPS functions, Safari YouTube support, and contact search.
Beyond this Jobs is expected to speak about Mac OS X Leopard, and possibly debut redesigned MacBooks and/or MacBook Pros. The chance of this is rated at 60 percent, as both notebooks have remained mostly unchanged externally since 2006. The Pro in particular is said to resemble the PowerBook G4, which was originally launched in 2003. If Apple does not reveal new notebooks at WWDC, the probability of an announcement is expected to hit 80 percent before the fall, when many students will want new computers.