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WWDC keynote to hold little surprise, analyst argues

updated 12:40 pm EDT, Wed May 26, 2010

New carriers, Mac OS X 10.7 thought unlikely

There is "little room for surprise" at this year's WWDC keynote, scheduled for June 7th, claims Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster. As is commonly expected, the major focus should be on a new iPhone, featuring better battery life, an upgraded main camera with a flash, and a new front-facing camera for video chat. Beyond this, nothing earthshaking will be announced, Munster predicts.

Apple may update people on iPad sales, and make the 3GS the new cheap iPhone with a $99 standard pricetag. It is suggested, though, that the company is "unlikely" to announce a Sprint or Verizon iPhone launching in tandem with a new model for AT&T, or even present a limited demonstration of Mac OS X 10.7. Apple has said it is placing most of its emphasis on the iPhone OS for WWDC.

"The Mac OS has not seen the same level of innovation as iPhone software in recent years," Munster comments. "With the next version of Mac OS X, we expect Apple to bring some of the same innovation to the Mac platform. Multi-touch technology, for example could be a key feature of Mac OS 10.7."

For investors WWDC is expected to be a "non-event," neither helping or hurting immediate share prices. It is the actual sales of the new iPhone that are more likely to drive stock upwards, the analyst says.






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  1. Herod

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +9

    wow

    ok debbie downer. whatever you say.

  1. coffeetime

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -2

    multi-touching

    Key feature for MacOS X is multi-touching? LOL.
    You are qualify to be a U.S. President.

  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    I hope Steve Jobs pull G. Munster's pants down...

    Who is Munster to predict what Apple is going to announce at WWDC? Has he suddenly become privy to what goes on inside of Apple headquarters? If Apple were to announce free cloud storage for users, that would be huge. Or if a special iPhone with WiFi for China was announced it could really boost sales. I'm not sure why Munster thinks he knows so much when he's been wrong so many times with his prognostications. Pay this guy no mind.

  1. DiabloConQueso

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    Apparently Munster is patrolling these forums...

    ...by looking at the number of negative votes on these posts! SOMEone doesn't like us commenters bashing an analyst... who could it be, I wonder?

    At any rate -- rumors have been circulating of Apple adding plug-in functionality to Safari, which would bring it up to speed with some of the other, potentially more popular browsers. That would be nifty.

  1. Triath.lon

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +5

    iWork


    Some of us are looking for the new iWork to be announced.

  1. ZinkDifferent

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +5

    I can think of a couple of things...


    iWork '10, to update the suite and bring it in line with the iPad components, as well as updates to the iPad versions of the apps, and iWork.com being released from beta. If (and that's a big if) iWork.com release included the ability to edit documents online, it would mark the end of docs.com from Microsoft. Doubtful Apple has that ready at this point, albeit it will be coming.

    Safari with legit plug-in support will be a needed arrow in the eventual removal of Flash from the desktop as well. It's needed for Apple to provided a supported plug-in architecture for Safari extensions, in order to provide the only extension it would care about - click2flash. Legitimizing the plug-in architecture would go a long way towards that goal, and I wouldn't be surprised if a Flash blocker wouldn't be something that Apple will provide. We'll see.

    Thes plenty of other stuff that could be shown - such as when iPhone 4 is released in the wild (the software), Apple can announce the start of the beta period for the 4.0 software for iPad.

    I tend to trust Steve when he declares that we won't be disappointed, particularly with regards to answering Google's dumb keynotes. :-)

  1. pairof9s

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    Expect a lot!

    Since these guys always get us pumped w/ over-zealous rumors which never transpire, I'd say their prediction of a limited announcement list this year means we should look forward to some surprising news! It reasons to be! ;-)

    /

  1. Salty

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Google

    I think after that keynote from Google, Apple will probably want to knock the socks off Google, I imagine even if stuff isn't ready Steve will still announce it, if only to b**** slap Google.

    iPhone 4.0 will hopefully get some unannounced features that could just be tacked on. We'll get a full demo of it.

    I could almost see them adding their own mapping service or something like that.

    I think Apple TV may get a significant update, hopefully new hardware that does 1080... though I don't know that they'll ever do much with Apple TV.

    I really hope we see new iPhone + iLife and iWork for the Mac, but I kinda doubt it. Would be cool to see iWork for the iPhone, maybe even some more iLife like features on the phones themselves. Imagine having iPhoto's adjust panel in the photos app, granted that's handled by other apps now but still.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Re: I hope Steve Jobs pull G. Munster's pants down

    Who is Munster to predict what Apple is going to announce at WWDC? Has he suddenly become privy to what goes on inside of Apple headquarters?

    Um, if he were privy to what goes on inside Apple, he wouldn't be predicting, would he. He'd be stating.

    h***, everyone here has their 'predictions' as to what Apple may or may not announce. So what?

    If Apple were to announce free cloud storage for users, that would be huge.

    Huge is relative, I guess. Not sure how that would be huge, with so many others already available. "Apple plays catch-up to Google!".

    Or if a special iPhone with WiFi for China was announced it could really boost sales.

    Why the h*** would they even announce this at all, let alone at a WWDC? That's press release stuff, at best.

  1. Geoduck

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    StockManipulation

    IMO this is the same game a lot of these 'analysts' play. They either talk up a stock so the price will rise and they can sell or as in this case they try to talk down a stock so they can buy just before some news drives it up.

    Why the FTC lets them play this game is beyond me.

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