Apple is holding its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) today in San Francisco. While lots of Macheads (didn't want to say Mactards...oops, I just did) are excited about the updates to OS X, most of the world is focused on two things: the return of the iconic Steve Jobs and the announcement of a new iPhone. Before the WWDC keynote kicks off at 10AM PST. Let's go through some of the rumors floating around:
Rumor: Steve Jobs will make a brief appearance at the show to announce that he's returning from medical leave, ready to lead the company to a new era of "insane greatness".
Raymond Says: It would be awesome if he made his return in a Jedi robe, similar to the one BioWare's Dr. Ray Muzyka wore at E3 2009. For Apple fans and Wall Street analysts, Jobs return is a huge boost to the company. He is -- by far -- the most charismatic executive in technology and the company's stock fluctuated due to rumors of his ailments.
Rumor: The new iPhone will have a better camera, extensive video capabilities (including video editing and possibly WiFi video conferencing), twice the RAM, and a significantly faster processor. It will come in 16GB and 32GB models.
Raymond Says: Considering how far ahead Apple is in the consumer smartphone market (in North America, anyway), it doesn't have to announce a major upgrade at this time. Still, these additions are welcomed and exciting for a lot of customers. Even though the Palm Pre has been getting positive reviews and Google promises several Android phones in 2009, the iPhone has a huge lead. If all these rumors are true then its dominance will surely continue. I'd even be tempted to switch to the craptacular (in the places I travel to) network that is AT&T.
Rumor: The new iPhone will be called the iPhone 3GS.
Raymond Says: Meh.
Rumor: There will be a cheap 4GB iPhone that will be available for $99 with a two-year contract.
Raymond Says: This is even more significant than new features and capabilities. $99 is an appealing price that many people can afford. Having a "cheap" iPhone would be huge for the company. I'm not sure about the 4GB model though; recent rumors suggest that Apple will simply offer its old models for a low price.
By the time you read this, the keynote will be kicking off. Which of these rumors are you excited about? What features do you want in the new iPhone? Are you interested in a cheapie iPhone? Leave a comment and let me know (please)!