When Apple Computer CEO Steve Jobs takes the stage Monday for his Worldwide Developer's Conference keynote, it'll be hard for him to top last year's performance. At that time, Jobs captivated the computer industry with his announcement that Apple was switching to Intel processors--when he confirmed reports of the historic change, gasps filled San Francisco's Moscone Center. This year isn't shaping up to be quite so dramatic, but with Apple and Jobs, one never knows.
A few things are expected from most Apple watchers: a preview of the latest version of Mac OS X, which Apple itself said would be coming, and new hardware based on Intel's Core 2 Duo chips. Apple has yet to take its Power Mac desktop to the Intel processors, and it's expected to unveil those powerful systems. Apple has not said much about Leopard, the next-generation release of Mac OS X. The company announced the name at last year's confab and said then that it would be available late this year or early next year.