WWDC 2010 Keynote Predictions

June 4, 2010

Just looked on the calendar and June 7th is literally, right around the corner, so it’s time to trot out the usual predictions and wishful thinking for Apple’s WWDC.

Haven’t heard much to change predictions from a post I wrote about a week ago, but here’s what I’m expecting:

1) New iPhone 4G. The most likely prediction, what with halted iPhone 3G sales and AT&T’s new data plans with the telling start date of June 7. The new iPhone should have several new features:

2) Subscription-based iTunes, music stored on the web. Am now thinking this cloud thing may be more extensive and with Apple’s own angle that makes sense to users.

3) MobileMe: Free. Some have noticed their account type changing to “Full Member.”

4) Apple TV. Really hope that the reason for few past updates is because Apple was working on a completely new product. Will trot out the same ideas:

Steve’s D8 talk made me more hopeful something is in the works here. Saying they hadn’t figured it out and that nobody wants a box could be a Jobsian distraction, much like saying nobody reads anymore and then adding ebook functionality to the iPad. And I don’t think Apple is going to give up the living room without one last volley, particularly after Google’s pre-announcement that they intend to do something there.

And based on other rumors, here’s two more possible announcements:

5) Updated Mac Mini with an HDMI port. Supplies are running low.

6) Preview of 10.7. Funny how easy it is to overlook OS X with all the other stuff Apple has going on.

I’d say 1 is a no-brainer, 2, 3, 5 and 6 likely, and 4, less likely but probable. Looking forward to seeing how wrong this all is come Monday.