I can’t believe it’s come around again… it seems like only yesterday I was wading knee-deep through outlandish claims and rumours regarding what new products Apple would announce at Macworld. Hands up: I’m a Mac geek. A “fanboi”, if you will. I’ve been using Macs for over 10 years now (so not a recent convert) and am now using a Macbook and a 3G iPhone. So what has caught my eye among the maelstrom of rumours this time round?
I’ve heard mention of a possible “iPhone Nano“, which would be some sort of small-form iPhone, possibly lacking 3G connectivity. Not interested. Seriously. 3G is something thay turns the iPhone into a multi-purpose tool – I find having to use it outside of 3G range a chore. In any case, I don’t think Apple would release a new model so soon after the last – they’re not Nokia, after all.
TUAW report that Apple might be taking iWork online, just like Goole Docs. This is very interesting. I use iWork quite regularly, and have recently started using Google docs (to cope with working across multiple computers for work, home and everything in between). This is something I’d buy into. iWork is an excellent package, and to be able to access your docs via the web (as part of Mobile Me?) would be great. Fingers crossed this appears.
They also mention the possibility of a refreshed Mac Mini. I’d only be interested in this if it took the form of a sort of home media server, with a link to Mobile Me so the content was accessibly remotely via either another computer or my iPhone. A big ask, I know, but let’s see what gets announced on the day.
Finally, Techcrunch are talking about the possibility of a large-screen iPod Touch – announced at Macworld, but launched in the flesh later in the year. This would almost scratch the Apple Table itch that may people (myself included) have been suffering from for a long time. I see hoe it could accomplish lots of the functionality of a netbook, but be a lot smaller and lighter. Throw in the possibility of a physical bluetooth keyboard and I’m sold. Imagine how this could link up with Mobile Me-enabled iWork!
Only a few days to go… let’s see how things pan out. Aside from the products/services announced, I’ll be interested to see how Phil Schiller fills Steve Jobs’ boots on the day. Big boots indeed.