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Twas the night before WWDC 2013

by Kerry Dawson

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the Mac World…… That’s what it feels like this evening before the opening of WWDC 2013 in San Franscisco from Monday June 10 – 14. There has been so much rumour around this event those who are very fascinated by what Apple is going to deliver are paying great attention to this particular WWDC. The reason for that is this is Tim Cook’s real, first opportunity to deliver something exciting for all Apple users.

The thing is, we already have a slew of exciting stuff. For the pundits though, more is always better. Plus, Apple seems to have got it’s fair share of dishing over the last year yet having delivered record profits and sold ever increasing quanitities of probably pretty well everything in their product line from:

  • the Macs
  • iPhones
  • iPad
  • Apple TV
  • iTunes

More is Wanted

At 1pm tomorrow Monday June 14th at 10 am PST or 1 pm EST, Tim Cook will announce actually what will be a pretty exciting line up of product enhancements. Some are speculating that, as Apple often does, at the end, they will announce something new and grand. They might! They’ve been criticized of late for not being innovative but in acutality they remain quite innovative through the enhancement of what is already marvelous hardware and software. They certainly have bounced back from where they were ten years ago.

It will all be great

Whatever they announce tomorrow it will be welcome. In fact, my suspicion is it will be great as it usually is of recent years. The rumour mill though does have us worked up. We know as of now that they will likely be introducing a new IOS, most likely IOS 7, yet until they release it, where it comes to Apple we really won’t know what we’ve got until we see it.

There should also be a new Mac Operating System that rumour has it will be even more tied to IOS. Mac users should not fear though. It is highly unlikely that their prized OS will be consumed by IOS. Rather, it will likely implement the functionality of IOS type interface components and applications all sitting a top the best operating system bar non.

Likely New OS’s but what about the Hardware

This is where the rumour mill has gotten murkier. It does appear likely that there will be a new MacBook Air possibly with a Retina display and of course sufficient hardware capability to make it a to buy product. It already is. The MacBook Air was ahead of its time four years ago and remains ahead of its time today. If we do see a new MacBook Air tomorrow it will likely leave the competition breathing its dust as it has in the past.

And What about a new iPhone

Well the rumour mill has gone wild around this category. How about a new iPhone thisy or thaty. How about an iPhone that’s faster and more capable like a 5s or 6 or a bigger screen iPhone or a cheaper iPhone to capture more market share. We already have the best phone on the planet but Santa was good to us last year so why not this year.

Where it comes to the rumours around the iPhone we definitely have to wait till tomorrow morning to see what Santa brings us. At one moment we’re seeing mockups of the to be announced iPhone 5 whereas as of this moment the pundits are saying that will have to wait till the fall. That doesn’t mean Apple won’t do something with the iPhone lineup, I just don’t think we can speculate nor can I speculate what that will be. They are already having trouble keeping up with the demand for the current iPhone but we’re told this is a very competitive market so …… Tomorrow though we will see what’s actually under the tree.

Then the Rumours around a new iPad have been all over the Place

The iPad is probably one of Apple’s currently best selling products and no competitor seems to have come close to being able to take a way Apple’s edge on this front. The iPad 4 was only just released in November so it does seem a touch soon that another iPad, the iPad 5, would come out so soon. However, that didn’t stop Apple when they introduced the 4 only having just introduced the iPad 3 six months before.

There’s a case maker that’s betting on an iPad 5 for launch tomorrow. If it does launch, even though I have an iPad 4, I’ll definitely buy what the rumour mill is saying the iPad 5 is going to be. It’s to be a lighter, slimmer variant of the current form factor along the lines of the iPad 2. That is, it will have the horsepower and retina graphics and all that good stuff of the 4 yet it will be lightened and slimmed up. It’s already incredibly light and slim however, I did have a two and noticed the weight and thickness difference immediately. It really wasn’t a big deal but as you can probably tell I’m a little bit of an Apple nut. So this I would definitely buy.

So What’s Left

Well that’s what makes this so much like Christmas eve. It’s the anticipation around all the goodies that may or may not come but if I had to guess there’ll be lots of goodies. Apple has been definitely ahead of the curve on the AppleTV it just took people a while to catch on to just how brilliant that little device is. We might see a lot happen with that in terms of more channels and even an opening of the API so third party developers could deliver product to the device. We’ve already seen what happens with every Apple device that has been openened up to third party developers. A fantastic product has become a dyanmite product and Apple ends up owning an entire industry basically. The music industry really is Apple’s to loose and it’s not likely.

So considering that iTunes has become the powerhouse that it’s become in more than just music might we see something on that front. Possibly! Again, it’s nice to have all these little hints about what Santa will bring but we’ll only know till the gifts are opened.

The Tree looks Bare but what is that other little parcel over there

You know, Apple under Steve Jobs, was always amazing with his famous line and there’s one last thing. However, Tim Cook’s at the helm of this reindeer sled. Will he follow in his mentor’s footsteps or will his final parcel be his final parcel. Well this is for us to find out tomorrow.

To All a Good Night

Now for those who are just despising summer I leave you with Clement Clarke Moore‘s (1779 – 1863) poem Twas the night before Christmas poem published on 23rd December 1823:

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads.
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap.

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tinny reindeer.

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name!

“Now Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! On, Cupid! on, on Donner and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!”

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky.
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of Toys, and St Nicholas too.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St Nicholas came with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot.
A bundle of Toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler, just opening his pack.

His eyes-how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow.

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath.
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly!

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself!
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings, then turned with a jerk.
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose!

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight,
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!”

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