One of the great things about being out of the loop is that it’s safe. I can say anything I want because I know nothing. Yes, I am under many NDAs with Apple, but it’s about stuff so boring that you wouldn’t care if I told you, which I wouldn’t do anyway. So it’s harmless to share with you what I think is going to happen at Macworld SF 2005.
First, Steve will announce changes to the iApps. Why do I say that? Well, it’s been forever since we’ve seen much activity outside of iTunes. In fact, it’s been one year. And the previous announcements were one year before that. Do you see a pattern here? So I boldly predict that we will see updates to some existing iApps, plus a few new ones. And a word processor is not out of the question.
Now let’s go to the living room. Microsoft is already there (ick!). So is HP (not ick, but not Apple either). Our friends in Cupertino have developed strong digital audio tools, decent photography stuff, and very good video apps. QuickTime is absolutely amazing. Plus they have the best OS and wireless connectivity in the biz. Put it all in a box with a big ass hard drive, add a remote control, and plug it into an HDTV — or maybe a Cinema Display…
Also, something is going to happen with the iPod. I’d love to see a new and improved version of iPod photo. A flash iPod could be fun. A Bluetooth or WiFi iPod? Hmmm. Probably not, but a guy can dream, can’t he?
Finally, Steve will announce something that’s totally off my radar. I know this will happen for two reasons. First, he’s on the inside and I’m not. Second, it always happens, no matter how smart I think I am.
See you in San Francisco. If you see me there, please say hi.