Hopes High for Macworld

This week, the Macworld Conference and Expo returns to San Francisco, and, for the first time since the 2002 show in which Apple's pre-show boast of, "Beyond the rumor sites. Way beyond" turned out to refer to a flat-panel iMac, I'm feeling excited about the announcements that the Black Mock-Turtlenecked One might hand down in his annual Expo keynote.

It's not that I expect Apple to confirm my June 2005 prediction that the firm would unbind OS X from Apple-only hardware and take on Microsoft in earnest in the client and server operating system space. While such an announcement would certainly be exciting, it seems that Apple's 2007 iPhone success has confirmed the belief of Steve and Co. that as long your hardware is sufficiently insanely great, you don't have to play by the same rules as rest of the computer OEM crowd.

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