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Apple’s Steve Jobs set to kick off WWDC today

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By LC Angell

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Published: Monday, August 7, 2006
News Categories: Apple

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Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) will kick off today with a keynote presentation by company CEO Steve Jobs at 10:00 a.m. PT/1:00 p.m. ET. Jobs will give the first public preview of Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, Apple’s next major operating system upgrade. As with all Jobs keynotes, rumors are flying about what else might be announced—everything from new Intel-based “Mac Pro” desktop systems to the long-rumored iPhone. While we’ll be watching closely today for any iPod related news at the event, analysts are expecting Jobs to stick with Mac offerings. American Technology Research analyst Shaw Wu said the probability is “low” that new iPods will be introduced today. “There is always room for firsts,” Wu said. “But WWDC is a Mac event and has not been used in the past for major iPod announcements.”

Update: As expected, Apple introduced new Mac Pro desktop workstations and previewed Mac OS X Leopard. No iPod or iTunes related announcements were made.

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1

Thanks for the heads up!

Posted by ipodman715 on August 7, 2006 at 6:55 AM (PDT)

2

Can we please stop with the Shaw Wu “predictions”?  It’s really such a joke at this point.  If I want vague statements and half-assed forecasts about what’s going to happen in the future, I’ll visit the crazy psychic down the street.

Posted by A on August 7, 2006 at 8:49 AM (PDT)

3

AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH truthery at its finest

Posted by elmizzt on August 7, 2006 at 8:59 AM (PDT)

4

Wasn’t the 3G iPod unveiled at WWDC?

Posted by Moria on August 7, 2006 at 9:10 AM (PDT)

5

Well the online store at Apple.com is currently undergoing updating. Does this mean anything?

Posted by LOSTxX on August 7, 2006 at 9:36 AM (PDT)

6

So far the new Mac Pro desktop computer will be for sale via the online Apple Store.

Standard Configuration:
Dual 2.66 Xeon
1 GB RAM
nVidia Geforce 7300 (256 MB VRAM)
SuperDrive
$2499

Posted by Dennis Lloyd in Irvine, CA on August 7, 2006 at 10:29 AM (PDT)

7

Looks like Wu was correct.  Jobs did not even mention the iPod.  But that new Mac Pro is sweeeeeeeeet.

Posted by Andrew Weil on August 7, 2006 at 11:33 AM (PDT)

8

Hmm… so nothing happened with the movies on itunes thing?

Posted by Joey on August 7, 2006 at 12:03 PM (PDT)

9

Nope, nothing at all even vaguely related to iPod/iTunes.
Which makes sense since WWDC is a developer conference, ie-news for developers.
I wouldn’t want/expect the iPod to be talked about there.
The media coverage/rumours was ridiculous.

Posted by John on August 7, 2006 at 1:09 PM (PDT)

10

They did update the apple store to include refurbished 5G 30Gb iPods for $199 and 5G 60GB iPods for $299.  Not really news, but a good deal.

http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APPLE/WebObjects/AppleStore.woa/wo/2.RSLID?mco=B719E37D&nclm=Certified

Posted by franticnomad on August 7, 2006 at 2:38 PM (PDT)

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yeah that is a good deal. with a combination of the ridiculous trade-in + student discounts you’d still only get get $50 off so now the refurbs are looking better. especially since my 4g started having hd problems the other day (which i can temporarily offset by hitting it on the table - not really a long-term solution).

Posted by jm on August 8, 2006 at 7:38 AM (PDT)

12

what a ripoff…i got a media center PC, 3ghz, 1 gig ram, a better graphics card, a dvd write/read drive and a cd write/read drive for 800USD direct from HP. the ‘base’ configuration of the Mac Pro costs 2500USD, with similar if not lesser hardware. The only difference, then, is the ‘upgradability’ and ‘design,’ coupled with a different OS. Can someone explain how that warrants a price three times higher?

Posted by ahmed on August 8, 2006 at 5:54 PM (PDT)

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That guy who was talking about the mac pro and the new server was all like “we’re gonna bust the myth that macs are more expensive than other computers” and compared them to dell. Give me a break, of course macs are more expensive than PCs: they’re better computers with a better OS coupled with the fact that Apple is a monopoly. That guy is on crack. Doesnt stop me from luvin macs, tho wink

Posted by QWER on August 9, 2006 at 7:51 PM (PDT)

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