OK, it is that time of year (now MacWorld is off Apple’s calendar anyway) to make some predictions about what lovely stuff Lord Jobs of Cupertino will be displaying to his acolytes on the 6th.
Lion, iOS5 and iCloud are a given – we have seen the posters. The new Time Capsule – also quite likely (sorry Mike), but what other fodder will come from the Jobsien nosebag?
Here’s my (and others) predictions/hopes/fleeting fantasies/depressing visions:
- Launch of a new Mac Pro with a slightly narrower form factor and handles that can be replaced with rack ears (oh please guys do this, we REALLY miss XServe)
- Licensing of the Spotify architecture – Funny how there’s no Spotify in the US yet – can’t all be a labels issue. What if Apple have licensed it’t tech for iCloud?
- Home directories in the cloud with continual intelligent syncing (Caching) to all devices
- User log-ons to iOS devices
- Terminal services for MacOS X, including an iOS app to access it.
- Apple TVs (as opposed to AppleTV)
- Unification of the various (i)stores to one app
- iWork in the cloud – HTML5/Ajax based office suite
- Run iOS apps on Mac – possibly as widgets
- Hand-over of media playback from mobile to fixed devices
- All apple devices to become touch enabled
- Lion Server is more expensive after all
- A strategy for corporate use of the Mac OS X App store is announced (unlikely I know)
- Apple transition all portable Macs to ARM (Doubly unlikely – at the moment)
- iPhone5! – Yeah right.
Feel free to discuss below!