Monday, June 7, 2010

Apple WWDC Update(s)

Posted By on Mon, Jun 7, 2010 at 2:00 PM

Note: This blog will be updated throughout the day with rumors, hearsay, and baseless speculation regarding Apple's WWDC.

10:08a: Looks like my hunch about how Apple might handle the next iPhone release after such a massive leak may be accurate.

It would be a great way to effortlessly acknowledge the elephant in the room and poke a little fun at themselves. Should be fun to watch.

10.45a: After hearing a rumor on Twitter, I found out...

A number of users have reported that their eligibility for an iPhone upgrade has been updated, allowing them to buy Apple's next-generation iPhone as soon as it goes on sale, fully subsidized with a 2-year contract agreement. (Via AppleInsider)

This seems like a really smart move for several reasons.
1.) With all the other smart-phone options available, Apple wants to hang on to as many iPhone users as possible by putting a shiny new device in their hand, for next to nothing with a 2-year contract.
2.) It gets the more casual iPhone user in with the early-adopters. Usually it's just the hardcore Apple fanatics that get new devices when they first go on sale. Apple is hoping to give regular folks a taste of the excitement this time. They'll make fanboys of us all.
3.) It gets the old phones off the network. If the new one does something the old one can't, it's best for everyone if more people have the newer version. I see this as a sign of a major leap forward in functionality.

11:30a
Photos of trackpad peripheral leaked.

When the iPad was first announced, one of the things I was most excited about were the possibilities for the multi-touch display. I've been thinking of it as the "wizard factor," meaning that once you've got the hang of the various pinches, drag/drops, and swoops, you feel like a wizard when you're using it.

This seems like it would work just like the screen of an iPad or iPhone, just without the content displayed behind the touch surface.

1:45p Gizmodo's iPhone 4 Guide, including specs.

It seems like my earlier inclination that a major function would be unveiled that would only work between two of the new iPhones was correct. Video calling is a new feature and it only works between an iPhone 4 and another iPhone 4

1.58p No Hodgman-as-bartender video, but....

“Stop me if you’ve already seen this," he said, referring to the leak of the phone by Gizmodo. "But believe me, you ain’t seen it." (via LATimes)

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