It’s fun to make predictions about new technology, particularly with secretive Apple, Inc. With the demise of Think Secret, the rumor mills have been not as active as normal during the run-up to next week’s Macworld Expo. We’ve seen rumors of tablets, smaller Macbooks and 3G iPhone’s but I don’t think we’ll see any of these things next week. I believe this Macworld will be all about the Mac and not much about the iPhone and iPod.
But I could be wrong as Apple has just announced new Intel Penryn-based Mac Pro’s and Xserve’s so what else might they have up their sleeve ready for announcement next week?
Let’s keep with the Mac theme for a moment and run down the obvious suspects. They will more than likely bump the processors and other features of the current Macbook Pro line-up; ditto for iMacs. The Macbook line will also probably see more of a recognizable change than just internal components but I don’t think it will turn into a flash-based, ultra-portable or tablet that some have speculated. No, I think it will be something radical: a return to the past.
Back in the mid-1990′s, I had a Powerbook Duo. What I liked about the setup was a regular monitor, keyboard and external hard drives housed in a docking station that the Powerbook fit into like a huge floppy disk. When on the road, it was a small, ultra-portable with a tiny monochrome display but it got the job done; I loved it.
What I think will be the biggest story next week is a return to this form factor but with the portable based upon 32 and/or 64GB of flash memory. It seems the folks at Gizmodo have dug up some interesting news along these lines earlier today.
The only other thing I think might be announced is the discontinuation of Apple TV and it’s replacement by a $399 Mac mini with DVR functionality. The rumored iTunes movie rental store would make more sense and another hobby for Steve and Company would be retired.
Well see for sure in 5 days. Stay tuned.