What do you expect at Macworld 2008?

Macworld 2007 was huge. Many believe it was the best one so far. Will Macworld 2008 be able to top it? The expo is scheduled to debut on Tuesday January 15, with the first conference being held the day before. Among the record sales announcements and various statistics regarding Apple’s recent successes, what do you expect Steve Jobs to reveal at Macworld 2008? I would have to say that the event will be a big deal, but it will definitely be tough to beat all the crazy rumours that have been going around the blogosphere. Here’s a list of possibilities, ranging from completely ludicrous to extremely likely (more importantly though, I want to hear what your predictions are):

  • Major Studios join Disney to offer movies on iTunes
  • Renting Movies comes to iTunes
  • iPhone SDK
  • iPhone Software Update
  • iPhone goes 3G
  • iPhone Nano
  • Mac Touch
  • Subnotebook or Tablet PC
  • New Desktops
  • New AppleTV
  • New Notebook Dock
  • Software-Configurable Keyboard
  • Enterprises switch to Mac

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All Wrong: iSmell is coming soon:

Apple-USB powered Apple scented air freshener: iSmell. Comes with one MacIntosh-scented air freshener. Other Apple flavors will be available soon. They'll even be some for "Granny". Steve is going after the seniors market ... a first!

The sub-notebook is known as the "MacBook Air". That could be the banner (Air as in, being light etc).

But we'll all find out on Tuesday

Apple TV 2.0 with Blu-ray drive
iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store for Apple TV
iPod Hi-Fi 2.0 with integrated AirPort Express and video output
Preview of iPhone SDK
Cinema Displays with integrated 720p HD iSight cameras
Mac mini finally gets 802.11n
AirPort Express gets 802.11n
Blu-ray burners for Mac Pros, and MacBook Pros
MacBook Slim with 64GB SSD and external drive

Galley said,
AirPort Express gets 802.11n

The latest AirPort Extreme already has draft-N. (Seriously, how long are they going to drag out draft-N?)

Don't get me wrong....I do like Mac and it's beautiful and fun to use. As for the Fanboys.....Fanboys to me are like druggies and drag queens....they just can't fit in to this world, and they always like to think they are thinking different when actually they tend to give an impression that they want a Mac Only world...so Narrow Minded. Ha, and I have to tell you that there is this "Socialist" group in San Francisco, and guess what? They all use Mac.....lol....that's not thinking different, that's a lack of accepting others outside their beliefs.....sounds kinda communist to me.

I don't know whats coming but its always exciting to see what the Apple engineers have been working on.

I'm still desperate for a reasonably priced Mac Pro 'baby brother' - a sort of mini tower, with current modern graphics cards and some easy upgradability but more 'normal' CPU's to keep the price realistic. If I could have that, and dual boot between OSX and Windows so I could play the most recent games in Windows but use OSX for everything else, i'd be there in a heartbeat

Well what I heard is they will be launching a music on demand service that is offered over the airwaves which you can connect to. This service will allow you to listen to all of your favourite radio stations, and some new ones through a revolutionary service exclusive to Apple Products.

(So basically, they're adding an FM radio function and dressing it up in spin to make it look like some revolutionary new service when it is no different to what me and you can already get just not on an Ipod)

In any case does anyone think it's rather Ironic Apple cannot stop going on about the benefits of switching to Apple Hardware include being able to run Windows and Office yet if someone dares to try and install OS X on a PC they start to cry foul play but they see no problem in the other way around. Also kind of amusing they seem to be more interested in slagging everyone else off than anything else with their incrediblly lame I'm a mac and I'm a pc adverts.

No doubt Apple will cry monopoly about Microsoft at some stage - because of course, they don't force anything on you themselves do they, and in the case of the iPhone they don't even give you the chance to try something else. That mkes them WORSE than Microsoft.

dares to try and install OS X on a PC they start to cry foul play but they see no problem in the other way around.

Clearly you reeeeeallly dislike Apple (whereas I reeeeealy like them.. but because i'm not a fan boy, I can reply with a rational repsponse). You know why they get upset? Because Apple is first and foremost a hardware company. OSX goes hand in hand with Apple hardware. Its in their EULA for OSX that you have to install it on Apple computers! If people start loading OSX on 3rd party PC's, sales of Macs will plummet and they will be in trouble. Hence the two going together as an 'item'.

You can't compare Windows and OSX in this way because Windows is designed and SOLD as the OS that works on any modern x86 and x64 computer. Microsoft doesn't make PC's for gods sake. I could understand if they did a vendor license programme whereby you had to be an approved vendor to load Windows onto your PC (ie Acer, Toshiba, HP, etc) but then I think the computer hardware industry would be up in arms because they just killed the home enthusiast / home build market.

Seriously - I understand the point you're trying to make but if you look at the reasons why this is the case, and why it is done like this, you can't realistically compare the two products / scenarios. They're completely different.

Apple won't cry monopoly about Microsoft. You've heard it from their own mouths (well, you probably haven't) in that they know that under old leadership they went wrong when they said that in order for Apple to succeed, Microsoft had to fail - like that was the end game. They realised that isn't the case and that Apple will never be able to 'beat' Microsoft outright so the only way to compete fairly is just to run alongside them and try and make better products. I doubt Apple will ever cry monopoly against Microsoft.

Really dude. Try not to put such a Microsoft biased slant on your opinions. Credit where credit is due, etc!

Yes, I see your point, but you could argue the same about the whole Windows being bundled with Internet Explorer and Windows Media being illegal and by bundling rival products on their own operating system (Microsoft) it could harm their sales too, Yes Apple share of market is smaller than Microsoft but it doesn't make it right and they have to provide competitors products in their own, it's like saying Apple machines must come pre-loaded with Microsoft Software, I can't see that happening can you?

Meanwhile on the Mac apple are pre-loading ITunes, Quicktime and nobody is batting an eye and Apple are saying that they should have control over what they bundle with their own operating system and not have to bundle competitors products, then a few days later someone from Apple comes out and says that Microsoft should not be able to do the same and should give customers a choice, when they are not giving their customers any choice.

One thing that really annoys me about Apple is last week we had a customer who needed X11 installing, for every version of Max OS 10.3 and earlier you can download it from Apple's website, but for 10.4 you need to get it off the CD? Can someone explain to me the logic of that?.Apple's explanation was that it is due to priacy? That kind of sends a message out, well we care deeply about 10.4 piracy but less so about older?

Chicane-UK said,

Clearly you reeeeeallly dislike Apple (whereas I reeeeealy like them.. but because i'm not a fan boy, I can reply with a rational repsponse). You know why they get upset? Because Apple is first and foremost a hardware company. OSX goes hand in hand with Apple hardware. Its in their EULA for OSX that you have to install it on Apple computers! If people start loading OSX on 3rd party PC's, sales of Macs will plummet and they will be in trouble. Hence the two going together as an 'item'.

Sales would not plummet. People still like apple hardware. They like the style of it. The hardware would still sell. However apple would then make a fortune off of all the software they would be selling. There is a huge market out there and apple is only in a fraction of it. Microsoft does well only selling software. Apple can do both and make even more money.

Meanwhile on the Mac apple are pre-loading ITunes, Quicktime and nobody is batting an eye and Apple are saying that they should have control over what they bundle with their own operating system and not have to bundle competitors products, then a few days later someone from Apple comes out and says that Microsoft should not be able to do the same and should give customers a choice, when they are not giving their customers any choice.

The reason why Microsoft are (or at least were) always in the spotlight for monopolistic practices is because up until very recently, you had very little choice when it came to home computers. Think back to around 2000-2001.. Yeah, the Mac was out there but wasn't seeing particularly huge adoption in the home and Linux was still decidedly rather hobbyist but starting to see some more mainstream adoption in the enterprise. OS/2 was dead. Realistically Windows PC's were all you could buy for home, and everyone was competing to put products out in the home PC market - so when Microsoft boldly decided to (for example) make their web browser the defacto default browser (despite dismissing the internet as a non-starter a few years previously - then realising they had missed the boat seriously) thus crapping on Netscape in the process, it was no wonder that anti-competition people started getting involved. They used their dominant position in the market to complete annhilate a competitor in an anti-competetive way. You could look at it and say "They were just giving their users more value" but in that sort of position, you just can't get away with those sorts of things.

It's the same with any company who does this sort of thing. I think (?) it was AT&T who got busted for anti-competitive behaviour because at one point if you wanted telephony services in your home in the USA, you had no choice but go to them - so they could get away with pretty much whatever they wanted.

Its different for Apple. They are the underdogs still (in the home PC market at least) - if you want an Apple you have to go out of your way to buy one, thus you have the choice not to buy and instead buy a Windows PC. If the roles were reversed and Apple dominated the market, i've no doubt that the anti-competition people would be climbing all over them with their business of bundling iTunes and Quicktime, etc!

Hyperthetically speaking, if Apple dropped MP3 support, the anti-competition people would probably nail them because they'd be putting millions of iPod users in a sudden position where you had no choice but use their music format, thus being anti-competitive!

The pressure is definately off Microsoft these days. They're still the "default" choice for a home PC but they really aren't the only choice any more.

There's something in the air is about the new upcoming HD Apple TV. Enjoy something besides slingbox. Now only if Apple will be nice and let remote streaming to windows mobile and the iphone. Then I will buy in. Wait and watch...

I don't expect a OS X license free from Apple hardware.

I think this time, as the high capacity iPods are still wheel and click, Apple will give them some touch technology.

As these devices already have Wifi capabilities, I expect Apple to release wireless sync feature to beat Zune.

A community like zune.net?

Tablet Mac

High capacity iPhones

Aluminum macbooks

More power hogging iTunes

I guess the above are not an issue to manufacture at all considering the technology advancements in last year and if the announcements are only from the list above, I would say Macworld 2008 is a big waste of time!!

I seriously wish all the rumors to be true and hop apple will price them reasonably.

As these devices already have Wifi capabilities, I expect Apple to release wireless sync feature.

There's something that's feasible and matches their little teaser.

Oooo let's see, some overhyped, overpriced fashionable crap, some shady underhand business tactics, and smug. Lots and lots of smug. Same as every year I guess.

But tell me this, if Apple puts all its money into looking good, and it does, why does Macworld have such a consistently awful logo?

A version of OS X that you can run on regular PC hardware without having to shell out for that overpriced Apple stuff.

Apple's OS needs to stay on Apple's hardware. They aren't capable of supporting the wide variety of hardware configurations present in the Windows/*nix world.

Relativity_17 said,

Apple's OS needs to stay on Apple's hardware. They aren't capable of supporting the wide variety of hardware configurations present in the Windows/*nix world.

They don't have to support it. Windows doesn't. It's up to hardware vendors to provide drivers for their products.

Just look at how many machines you can get 10.5.1 running on now, all without support form apple. On hardware it wasen't designed to run on. With some official drivers from hardware vendors it would run on alot more machines too.

A version of OS X that you can run on regular PC hardware without having to shell out for that overpriced Apple stuff :suspicious:

needlegun said,
A version of OS X that you can run on regular PC hardware without having to shell out for that overpriced Apple stuff :suspicious:

Why would he do that? Does not an elegant OS such as Mac OS X deserve elegant hardware built around it? You wouldn't want cheap PC garbage running sweet, sexy Mac OS X which by the way has a Superior UNIX foundation now would you? Didn't think so, that doesn't make much sense.

internetworld7 said,

Why would he do that? Does not an elegant OS such as Mac OS X deserve elegant hardware built around it? You wouldn't want cheap PC garbage running sweet, sexy Mac OS X which by the way has a Superior UNIX foundation now would you? Didn't think so, that doesn't make much sense. :huh:

lol cheap PC garbage? Have you seen anything outside your little Apple cave? Go look at recent Dell XPS, HP, Alienware, Sony, and other brands. I also like how you capitalized "superior" to highlight your stupidity.

As for internetworld7: You could, for about 3 years. OSX86. End.

internetworld7 said,

Why would he do that? Does not an elegant OS such as Mac OS X deserve elegant hardware built around it? You wouldn't want cheap PC garbage running sweet, sexy Mac OS X which by the way has a Superior UNIX foundation now would you? Didn't think so, that doesn't make much sense. :huh:

lol

internetworld7 said,
Why would he do that? Does not an elegant OS such as Mac OS X deserve elegant hardware built around it? You wouldn't want cheap PC garbage running sweet, sexy Mac OS X which by the way has a Superior UNIX foundation now would you? Didn't think so, that doesn't make much sense. :huh:

you do realise the actual hardware is basically the same, it just has prettier cases.. and really get over the superior linux crap... please it is just getting annoying......

Nothing I care about.

Apple TV that can play more than two formats.

A consumer desktop tower that can be upgraded along with availability of mac video cards. Something that doesn't use xeon's and FB-Dimms.

Release OS X to legally run on any PC.

Upgraded video card in Mac mini. Increase the height by an inch and you can get real video card in there. Not that onboard crap.

warwagon said,
a more entertaining keynote than the one given by bill gates?

You can definitely count on that! Bill is a geek and Steve Jobs puts the 'C' in Cool.

warwagon said,
a more entertaining keynote than the one given by bill gates?

I've never found Bill Gates' keynotes interesting. I saw him speak at my school a few years ago and while it was an amazing experience and I'm glad I went, the speech was far from enthralling. Steve has a charisma about him, the "Reality Distortion Field", if you will, and his keynotes, no matter how interesting the content, always seem to be a hit. Of course, there are exceptions, but these are rare.

internetworld7 said,

You can definitely count on that! Bill is a geek and Steve Jobs puts the 'C' in Cool. :cool:

Well yeah, since Jobs has always been more of the snake oil salesman at Apple as opposed to a real techie. It's not like it wasn't Woz that built the first Apples. Job is good at marketing. So is Bill, but he actually knows tech too.

krasch said,

Well yeah, since Jobs has always been more of the snake oil salesman at Apple as opposed to a real techie. It's not like it wasn't Woz that built the first Apples. Job is good at marketing. So is Bill, but he actually knows tech too.

I'm sorry, I don't compute.

"a more entertaining keynote than the one given by bill gates?"

Don't hold your breath. The only thing Steve's "keynote" will leave you with is an overwhelming yet unexplained need to spend money on some shiny new thing you don't need.

internetworld7 said,
You can definitely count on that! Bill is a geek and Steve Jobs puts the 'C' in Cool. :cool:

umm cool.....he aint cool....

(It appears there is a bug when you attempt to edit your post that completely wipes out the post when you click the "Save Changes" button, hence the double post)

What I expect and what I hope are two different things but what I hope is that Steve Jobs is announced to be the next President of The United States! :nuts:

But what I expect is a new ultra slim, ultra portable MacBook, major improvements and updates to be announced for Leopard and many new cool products and enhancements to current products.

I'm glad I got my new toy just before this MacWorld last year in November. A brand new shiny MacBook running Mac OS X Leopard with 4GB RAM! (Yeah, I know I rock) Who knows, they may introduce a new MacBook Pro with an 8 core processor supporting up to 16GB of RAM! Wooohooo.

Last but not least, I expect Steve Jobs to speak about the Macintosh's Superior Unix Foundation.

1. 13.3" MacBook Pro
2. Refresh of all laptops with the weird Vista-like "Gloss/Glass" feel, upgraded awesomeness
3. Something big related to iPhone
4. OS 11?
5. Steve Jobs donates money to help others. <- Unlikely but hey, he has competition from Bill.

OS 11? But Apple just released Leopard. Besides, it wouldn't follow the rough release timeline. At the beginning OS X versions would come out every 12-18 months. Then with Leopard it changed to every 24ish months. They won't release another upgrade for at least a year. If anything 10.5.2 is coming.

Slimy said,
Wireless headphones :P

Hey, it's you again! Haha...

Wireless headphones would be AWESOME news. All iPods now equipped with Bluetooth and A2DP, and come standard with Bluetooth headphones/earbuds/headsets/something else. It's without a doubt the easiest way for Apple to throw themselves way ahead of the rest of the pack...but it would kinda put a very abrupt stop to their iPod silhouette ads, since there'd be no more wire to dance around with.

Andy-Roo said,
All iPods now equipped with Bluetooth and A2DP, and come standard with Bluetooth headphones/earbuds/headsets/something else. It's without a doubt the easiest way for Apple to throw themselves way ahead of the rest of the pack...

No way. That would be so new. Like nobody have ever thought about bluetooth headphones before.

rev3nant said,

No way. That would be so new. Like nobody have ever thought about bluetooth headphones before. :rolleyes:

It has never been implemented large scale and succesfully. It would throw them ahead of the pack. That's what Apple does best

einsteinbqat said,
2008
There's something in the air

It's carbon monoxide and other hazardous fumes from the destruction of countless iPods that broke after a few months or got replaced by undiscerning consumers after the next 'big new feature' was announced.