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.