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Steve Jobs To Keynote WWDC iPhone Announcement

CmdrTaco posted more than 3 years ago | from the well-of-course-he-will dept.

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Stoobalou writes "Apple's worst-kept secret will be revealed on June 7. A press release from Apple HQ has made it almost certain that the company will announce the new iPhone 4G on June 7, in our opinion, at least. The missive from Cupertino simply states that Steve Jobs will kick off the Worldwide Developers Conference 2010 with a keynote address. The thing is, Apple's enigmatic frontman doesn't turn up to these geeky WWDC shindigs unless he has something to announce that will get the hyped-up gang of Apple fanboys and girls a-whoopin' and a-hollerin'."

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Whoop! Whoop! Holler! Holler! (0, Offtopic)

methano (519830) | more than 3 years ago | (#32324940)

There, I said it. Did I say it first?

Re:Whoop! Whoop! Holler! Holler! (1)

WrongSizeGlass (838941) | more than 3 years ago | (#32325174)

There, I said it. Did I say it first?

Yes, but since he'll be revealing, um, announcing iPhone v4 you needed to be 4th in the thread to win. Better luck next time, and thanks for participating.

Re:Whoop! Whoop! Holler! Holler! (3, Interesting)

0100010001010011 (652467) | more than 3 years ago | (#32325576)

The million dollar 'best kept secret' is if there will be a Verizon version. AT&T just jacked up the prices for early termination. They think they bought themselves a lifeline with the 6 month extension with the iPad deal.

Back in the day the carrier held all the cards. AT&T wanted a multi-year agreement just to even carry the iPhone. Now Apple is in good enough of a position to say "Hey, so we want some kickass prices on iPad data plans, what will you offer." And all AT&T got out of it was a 6 month extension? Unless they signed some air tight confidentiality agreement all Apple has to say is "yeah, this is an LTE/WiMax phone" and it's more or less a given that it'll be available for Verizon and/or Sprint.

Great. :( (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32324960)

Now we'll get another two weeks of constant and blatantly stupid speculation about this announcement here at Slashdot and basically every other tech site.

Really, does it matter what he announces? It's going to end up being a locked-down piece of proprietary shit anyway.

Re:Great. :( (5, Funny)

Pojut (1027544) | more than 3 years ago | (#32325026)

It's going to end up being a locked-down piece of proprietary shit anyway.

Yes, but it will be a shiny locked-down piece of proprietary shit, so people will still buy it :p

Re:Great. :( (5, Funny)

ColdWetDog (752185) | more than 3 years ago | (#32325054)

Wrong again.

It will be a magical, insanely great, shiny, locked-down piece of proprietary shit.

Get it right.

Re:Great. :( (1)

Himring (646324) | more than 3 years ago | (#32325162)

As Jobs said in a 2007 interview: "so far, software coupled with its hardware runs better than software decoupled from the hardware that runs it." He said this sitting next to Gates ... they were coupled....

Re:Great. :( (5, Insightful)

rolfwind (528248) | more than 3 years ago | (#32325214)

Yes, but it will be a shiny locked-down piece of proprietary shit, so people will still buy it :p

It mostly does what people want. Shiny is just a bonus.

Re:Great. :( (2)

alfredos (1694270) | more than 3 years ago | (#32325264)

For me it's the little extra that rounds it up. But of course, shiny without excellent engineering (both HW and SW) doesn't cut it.

Troll mod? Come on mods. (1, Informative)

jo_ham (604554) | more than 3 years ago | (#32325780)

How is the parent a troll post?

-1 Troll is not a synonym for "I disagree".

Re:Great. :( (4, Insightful)

jackspenn (682188) | more than 3 years ago | (#32325310)

Exactly, until they don't.

Jobs is going to loose the smart phone wars just like he lost the PC wars. My phone has a better resolution, a better network, tethering app, cheaper data plan, better data service, supports Flash, can run multiple apps at the same time, works with Windows, Apple and Linux, backs up my data online, lets me put apps and icons on my home screen how I want, etc. etc. If Jobs wants to be a contender he will need to do the one thing he hates most ... give up control to users and outside developers. If he doesn't get on other cell providers this year, it is game, set, match.

Otherwise, if he keeps going the way he is, he will be left owning 2-6% of the smart phone market with his 2-6% being users obsessed with devices they believe to shiny beautiful and magical.

Re:Great. :( (0, Troll)

Em Emalb (452530) | more than 3 years ago | (#32325356)

Yay! Good for you! You found a device that works great for you. The rest of the world also has devices that work for them and does what they want their phones to do.

For a large majority of people, that device is the iPhone.

Re:Great. :( (3, Insightful)

negRo_slim (636783) | more than 3 years ago | (#32325444)

Yay! Good for you! You found a device that works great for you. The rest of the world also has devices that work for them and does what they want their phones to do.

For a large majority of people, that device is the iPhone.

I like how they are devices now.

Re:Great. :( (5, Informative)

Pojut (1027544) | more than 3 years ago | (#32325460)

For a large majority of people, that device is the iPhone.

A 3% global market share [appleinsider.com] is your idea of a "large majority"?

Whatever you're smoking, it sounds like some powerful shit.

Re:Great. :( (1, Flamebait)

Em Emalb (452530) | more than 3 years ago | (#32325580)

Dude, that's of the ENTIRE cell phone market, globally. That's a shitload of phones.

Where's the Droid at on that list?

Re:Great. :( (1, Informative)

Pojut (1027544) | more than 3 years ago | (#32325694)

Dude, that's of the ENTIRE cell phone market, globally. That's a shitload of phones.

You're right, it is.

Where's the Droid at on that list?

Irrelevant. Stop trying to change the subject; lets focus on what you originally said.

You claimed that the "majority" have chosen an iPhone. I gave you a link that shows Apple is sixth overall for worldwide cell-phone sales. Sixth place and 3% of total sales hardly constitutes a "majority".

Or are you going to convince me that 3% is a majority?

Re:Great. :( (0, Flamebait)

Dishevel (1105119) | more than 3 years ago | (#32325968)

Don't try to make him back up his claims with actual facts! He has an iPhone! He is way better than having to stoop to using facts.

Re:Great. :( (1)

godawful (84526) | more than 3 years ago | (#32325646)

I know a citation is needed and a quick googling of apple mobile revenue percentage didn't provide what I was looking for, but, whilst only having a 3& global market share, apple makes something like 90% of the global.

That may not be the exact percentage, but it is something truly ridiculous like that.

Re:Great. :( (1)

Pojut (1027544) | more than 3 years ago | (#32325718)

I know a citation is needed and a quick googling of apple mobile revenue percentage didn't provide what I was looking for, but, whilst only having a 3& global market share, apple makes something like 90% of the global.

um...90% of the global what? I think you left a word out at the end of that sentence :-)

Re:Great. :( (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32325896)

"...global words in that sentence" ;-)

Re:Great. :( (3, Interesting)

dingen (958134) | more than 3 years ago | (#32325820)

The article you're referring to can be found here [tweakers.net] (Dutch text, but the attached image / graph is in English).

It's data from 2008 and shows that RIM and Apple together have about 3% of the market share, yet make 35% of all the profits in that market.

Even more telling is mobile data usage, which exploded since the release of the iPhone.

Re:Great. :( (4, Funny)

characterZer0 (138196) | more than 3 years ago | (#32325464)

I bet you think people who bought bellbottoms and hammer pants bought them because they worked well for them.

Re:Great. :( (0, Redundant)

Em Emalb (452530) | more than 3 years ago | (#32325558)

Haha, you're a funny guy! Are you available for Bar Mitzvah's and birthday parties?

Are you all really this dense? Have people gotten so jaded against Apple products that you can't see it for what it is? 99.9% of the people out there give exactly half a flying fuck that Joe Bob in Duluth can't develop openly for the phone. Most say "Oh look, it integrates with iTunes. Oh look, it integrates with my calendar. Oh look, I can sync my contact and everything through one easy to use gui that I'm already used to.

I really don't understand the hate, the iPhone, FOR THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE WHO USE SMARTPHONES, is a great product.

But whatever, slashdot, pile on. Apple's stock price says you're wrong.

Re:Great. :( (1)

Pojut (1027544) | more than 3 years ago | (#32325846)

I really don't understand the hate, the iPhone, FOR THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE WHO USE SMARTPHONES, is a great product.

There you go again, using that word "majority". Unfortunately, even looking at just smartphones, you are wrong [gartner.com]. Scroll down near the bottom of the article. Worldwide smartphone sales have iPhone pegged at 15.4% market share for the first quarter of 2010.

So, again, we arrive at that little word "majority". See that name at the top of the list? Yeah, the one that says "Symbian" with 44.3%? THAT is the majority...because it's the highest number. It doesn't matter how much it dropped in the last year, it doesn't matter if you think it sucks, nor does it matter how much the iPhone increased. The fact is, as of right now, the iPhone is not the majority of cell phones being sold, whether it's feature phones or smartphones.

Re:Great. :( (1)

Dishevel (1105119) | more than 3 years ago | (#32326002)

Quit making him stick to facts! You are just supposed to let him continue spewing out words and accept them as they are.

Re:Great. :( (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32326024)

Majority means MORE than half of the group, stupid.

Re:Great. :( (1)

DragonWriter (970822) | more than 3 years ago | (#32325938)

The rest of the world also has devices that work for them and does what they want their phones to do.

For a large majority of people, that device is the iPhone.

Only if you take a rather...interesting...view of what constitutes a "majority", much less a "large majority". iPhone is #3 globally in the smartphone market, and #3 in the US, as well. Globally, Symbian is way ahead of everyone, RIM is next, and iPhone is close behind RIM; in the US, RIM is ahead, Android is #2, and iPhone is #3.

Re:Great. :( (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32325366)

Jobs is going to loose the smart phone wars

CRY HAVOC! and let slip the dogs of war - actually, I thought Google had just done that...

Or did you mean "*lose* the smart-phone wars" ?

Re:Great. :( (1)

DJCouchyCouch (622482) | more than 3 years ago | (#32325470)

Steve Jobs might lose the smartphone wars, might not. But he's gonna make a poop ton of money in the process.

Re:Great. :( (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32325668)

Steve Jobs might lose the smartphone wars, might not. But he's gonna make a poop ton of money in the process.

Exactly - only in the PC fanboi land do you find idiots who sit around at night fapping to Conan and hoping that Ballmer the Destroyer will rule over all.

Re:Great. :( (1)

jo_ham (604554) | more than 3 years ago | (#32325492)

My iPhone has tethering (no jailbreak), and I have a choice of carriers (no jailbreak), a cheap data plan (unlimited 3G and edge included in my plan, which is cost equivalent to the blackberry/HTC/WinMob handset plans), lets me put apps and icons on my home screen how I want (although not with widgets - that is a very cool feature of Droid that I wish he iPhone had), and my phone also works on Windows, Mac and Linux (jailbreak required for sync on Ubuntu though if I want it).

It's really not all that different.

I wish I could get those Android widgets on the iPhone. Those and Google's turn by turn app (the Tom Tom/Garmin/etc apps on iPhone are nice but expensive) are making me look at Droid as my potential next phone, and my contract is up in July. Let's compare on actual differences. Of your list, the ability to multitask with third party apps, and the ability to use Flash and the screen res were the only things that set your handset apart - the others being the same or totally subjective.

Re:Great. :( (5, Insightful)

0100010001010011 (652467) | more than 3 years ago | (#32325506)

Define loose[sic] the market. Mac has "lost" the PC wars, yet Apple remains very much in the black.

Apple sold 2.94 million Macintosh computers during the quarter, representing a 33 percent unit increase over the year-ago quarter. The company also sold 8.75 million iPhones in the quarter, representing 131 percent unit growth over the year-ago quarter. iPod sales came in at 10.89 million units, representing a one percent unit decline from the year-ago quarter.

"We're thrilled to report our best non-holiday quarter ever, with revenues up 49 percent and profits up 90 percent," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. "We've launched our revolutionary new iPad and users are loving it, and we have several more extraordinary products in the pipeline for this year."

As of this year, they're in the Top 10 companies globally for Market Cap.

WHO CARES IF THEY AREN'T #1! Apple set out to make good devices and a good UI for people. They're profitable doing so.

Then again I guess Kia, BMW, Benz, Chrysler, Renault, and Fiat are loosing[sic] the Automotive Market because they're not Toyota (1), GM (2) or VW (3).

Re:Great. :( (1)

dingen (958134) | more than 3 years ago | (#32325834)

I don't think there are a lot of car manufacturers out there who consider GM a winner anyway.

Re:Great. :( (1)

BUL2294 (1081735) | more than 3 years ago | (#32325528)

I'd consider an iPhone--if I wouldn't have to sell my soul to AT&T.

Gotta love AT&T. Years ago, they mailed me a phone bill for 3 cents.

Re:Great. :( (5, Insightful)

dingen (958134) | more than 3 years ago | (#32325574)

Jobs is going to loose the smart phone wars just like he lost the PC wars.

Last time I checked, Apple has both larger revenues and larger profits than any other manufacterer of consumer desktop and laptop computers on the market. I'd be happy to "lose" like that too.

Re:Great. :( (1)

VGPowerlord (621254) | more than 3 years ago | (#32325782)

Last time I checked, Apple has both larger revenues and larger profits than any other manufacterer of consumer desktop and laptop computers on the market. I'd be happy to "lose" like that too.

I don't know about revenues and profits, but in terms of units sold, the top 6 worldwide are HP, Acer, Dell, Lenovo, ASUS, and Toshiba according to Gartner's 1Q 2010 report [gartner.com] released on April 15th.

Re:Great. :( (5, Interesting)

dingen (958134) | more than 3 years ago | (#32325860)

So these guys are shipping more computers and making less money doing so, which makes Apple the loser? That's an interesting view on business.

Re:Great. :( (1, Insightful)

Pojut (1027544) | more than 3 years ago | (#32325964)

So these guys are shipping more computers and making less money doing so, which makes Apple the loser? That's an interesting view on business.

Actually, if they are shipping more units and making less money, that means Apple is just ripping you off more than the other guys.

Have fun overpaying for your products! I'm glad you like getting reamed and boasting about it.

Re:Great. :( (1)

VGPowerlord (621254) | more than 3 years ago | (#32325972)

So these guys are shipping more computers and making less money doing so, which makes Apple the loser? That's an interesting view on business.

Now see, I gave data to support my point (that others have higher sales). Do you have any data supporting that Apple has higher profits/revenues?

Given that Gartner only lists the top 6 PC companies by units shipped (and yes, Apple is included, as they are number 6 on the US chart), it's not an educated guess that since HP sold at least 3 times as many units as Apple, HP also has higher profits/revenues than Apple.

Re:Great. :( (1)

ebh (116526) | more than 3 years ago | (#32326004)

"We're losing money on every unit we ship, but we'll make it up in volume."

Re:Great. :( (1)

Pojut (1027544) | more than 3 years ago | (#32325900)

Last time I checked, Apple has both larger revenues and larger profits than any other manufacterer of consumer desktop and laptop computers on the market. I'd be happy to "lose" like that too.

Considering how small of a market share Apple has, if what you are saying is true...doesn't that just mean they are way overcharging for the hardware they are selling?

I'm not sure recognizing that you are being way overcharged and liking it is a good thing to do publicly...

Re:Great. :( (2, Informative)

dingen (958134) | more than 3 years ago | (#32326018)

I don't know if Apple's market share is so much smaller comparing to Dell, HP, Gateway, Acer or any other PC manufacturer out there. But the real secret is of course that Apple is all about the "premium price point". Almost all of the computers they sell are in the $1000+ category, while the rest of the market mainly focusses on the low end.

Apple tries to gain a competitive advantage by offering better products, not cheaper ones like most other companies. You can agree or disagree on whether Apple is succesful at this, but it does lead to massive profits and revenues for Apple Inc. So calling this "failure" is a bit... strange, to say the least.

Re:Great. :( (2, Insightful)

Enderandrew (866215) | more than 3 years ago | (#32325810)

McDonalds didn't become #1 by making the best hamburger. McDonalds became #1 through marketing.

Apple has the best marketing. Don't count them out. And this is coming from a guy who owns precisely one Apple product, that I both love and hate.

Re:Great. :( (1)

DomHawken (1335311) | more than 3 years ago | (#32325920)

yes - but judging by most of the people in the office here it _really_ is the software (stupid) combined with a hardware interface that my grandmother could learn to use faster than the alternatives. Make a tube of toothpaste with a bigger nozzle, you'll sell more toothpaste...

What phone are you using by the way? Sounds lovely.

Re:Great. :( (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32325488)

No, we'll have to endure petty little assholes like you and #1027544 and the OP who use words like "fanboy" and "shit" and "proprietary" ... as if entrusting Google with your info is the everlasting saving grace of your pathetic existence.

Re:Great. :( (1)

Pojut (1027544) | more than 3 years ago | (#32325624)

You know what the funniest part of your post is? Because I spoke poorly of Apple, you assumed that I'm using one of Google's phones (which I'm not). On top of that, we were discussing features, and you changed the subject to information, an entirely different topic.

What's the matter? Got nothing to say about the fact that, good or bad, Apple goes for the "walled garden" approach?

What does that chump have for developers? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32325040)

More lock in? Less options? A more proprietary stack? Maybe Objective-C is out, and a new language where all the glyphs are little images of Steve's junk?

Or, another shiny plastic turd for elitist consumers?

Re:What does that chump have for developers? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32325096)

More lock in? Less options? A more proprietary stack? Maybe Objective-C is out, and a new language where all the glyphs are little images of Steve's junk?

Or, another shiny plastic turd for elitist consumers?

Sounds like someone's jealous...

"hyped-up gang of Apple fanboys" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32325066)

e.g., Slashdot editors.

+1 Troll for Summary (5, Insightful)

CaseM (746707) | more than 3 years ago | (#32325072)

I share a lot in common with the many who criticize Apple, but even I can admit that the summary was a massive piece of trolling.

Re:+1 Troll for Summary (1)

jo_ham (604554) | more than 3 years ago | (#32325338)

It seems like Apple, while offering some things that may appeal to the slashdot crowd (OS X), and some things that don't (iPhone) but slashdot seems compelled to discuss them to death anyway.

I liken it to a Ford enthusiast's forum which continues to have articles about GM submitted to the feed by its members, only for those same members to talk about how they don't want to hear about GM any more.

Or a heavy metal forum that seems obsessed with talking about indie music, and moaning bitterly about how indie music doesn't appeal to them and is nothing like metal, but who won;t stop talking about it.

And I agree, you expect heavy trolling in the comments (when in the tech world are you going to find a universally liked company), but the editorial trolling is just lame.

Steve Jobs @WWDC (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32325086)

Apple's enigmatic frontman doesn't turn up to these geeky WWDC shindigs unless he has something to announce which will get the hyped-up gang of Apple fanboys and girls a-whoopin' and a-hollerin'.

Really? According to Wikipedia, Jobs has done the keynote every year since 1998, except for last year when he was out for health reasons. But hey, who cares about facts, let's just poke fun at those stupid fanbois!

Re:Steve Jobs @WWDC (1)

noidentity (188756) | more than 3 years ago | (#32325236)

That's because he's had something to announce every year since 1998, duh! Along the same lines, the sun doesn't rise unless there is something worth lighting the world for. And sure enough, there's been something every day for the past millions of years. Amazing, isn't it?

Article biased much? (4, Interesting)

UnknowingFool (672806) | more than 3 years ago | (#32325090)

In reality it is more often than not a self-congratualtory mutual back-slapping iPropaganda outing for Apple insiders and the company's tame press pack.

Normally Steve is there for the keynote address which lasts a few hours. The rest of the conference lasts 4 1/2 more days. And most of it is geared specifically for developers. The press really only shows up for the keynote and ignores the rest of it.

Shiney (1, Insightful)

confused one (671304) | more than 3 years ago | (#32325110)

RDF All hail Jobs! Bow before him now! Behold the miraculous wonder he has created now! /RDF

All that negativity about the IPhone (3, Insightful)

Petersko (564140) | more than 3 years ago | (#32325842)

I really don't understand it. I caved and got one recently. I know I'm late to the party, but the company-negotiated data plan was just too good. I don't own a single piece of Apple equipment except for that phone, and I'm very happy with it. The only thing I find a bit annoying is the crappy video codec support.

I went from happy to thrilled at this announcement: http://www.ikmultimedia.com/teaser_20100506.php [ikmultimedia.com]

Still (1, Troll)

G4Cube (863788) | more than 3 years ago | (#32325114)

We buy because it is pretty, works, and there is nothing better when you add it all up. Except for $#%%^! AT&T.

Post != RDF (1)

jackspenn (682188) | more than 3 years ago | (#32325462)

Funny how Jobs is selective.

For example he won't use Flash, because it is inferior and crashes OS X (Before it was Flash, he blamed IE).

Stay with me Apple diehards, yet he uses AT&T's network (which gives him kickbacks using money from your monthly data plan that would be better spent on upgrading their network). AT&T is inferior and drops calls.

Interesting how he his arguement for avoiding inferior technology isn't absolute like he pretends, but I live outside his reality distortion field unlike so many Apple fanboys.

Apple running out of hype fuel? (1, Insightful)

erroneus (253617) | more than 3 years ago | (#32325116)

I think even people who once said I was being harsh on Apple are now coming around to seeing what a ridiculous and often impractical and restrictive company Apple actually is. In time, I think everyone will tire of it -- even the lay people.

Re:Apple running out of hype fuel? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32325170)

I think even people who once said I was being harsh on Apple are now coming around to seeing what a ridiculous and often impractical and restrictive company Apple actually is. In time, I think everyone will tire of it -- even the lay people.

Yeah, I mean, after ten years or dismissing Apple, the Slashcrowd has got to be right sooner or later

Re:Apple running out of hype fuel? (1)

sznupi (719324) | more than 3 years ago | (#32325522)

Apple TV?

Re:Apple running out of hype fuel? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32325746)

Apple TV?

The device the Big Cheese himself calls "a hobby?"

Re:Apple running out of hype fuel? (1)

jo_ham (604554) | more than 3 years ago | (#32325828)

They were close with the Apple TV - it is underpowered. You can do some great things with it, the broadcom HD card and a copy of XBMC.

The machine just needs a little more beef to be a really good HTPC.

Re:Apple running out of hype fuel? (5, Insightful)

osgeek (239988) | more than 3 years ago | (#32325228)

I don't know. They're selling a gazillion iPads, Apple's stock continues to move upward, and I believe that a recent /. story highlighted the fact that Apple is gaining grounds on the higher ranked cell phone providers.

Maybe the FOSS crowd is increasing in animosity toward Apple, but "the lay people" are clamoring for more as far as I can tell.

Re:Apple running out of hype fuel? (1)

DJCouchyCouch (622482) | more than 3 years ago | (#32325410)

Well, you know, Apple's been dying and going out of business for about 35 years now... I think it'll stick around for a little while longer.

Re:Apple running out of hype fuel? (2, Insightful)

pandrijeczko (588093) | more than 3 years ago | (#32325848)

They're selling a gazillion iPads, Apple's stock continues to move upward, and I believe that a recent /. story highlighted the fact that Apple is gaining grounds on the higher ranked cell phone providers.

And there you have, in a nutshell, what separates "informed user" from "fanboi"... namely that an informed user looks at what they just purchased, enjoys using it and feels he/she has got good value for money. But only a fanboi is so ardently rabid that he/she wants their manufacturer of choice to wipe every other competitor off the map, like it actually changes a damned thing with the actual product.

Really? (1)

Saeed al-Sahaf (665390) | more than 3 years ago | (#32325134)

Steve Jobs will key-note an iPhone conference??? Shazam! What's next!

Steve Jobs scratches ass! Steve Jobs contemplates mechanical pencil verses yellow Ticonderoga! Steve Jobs sleeps on a bed!

Re:Really? (1)

Anonymusing (1450747) | more than 3 years ago | (#32325316)

Reminds me of the old joke about Bill Gates: all he has to do is fart and the I.T. media will announce the release of a hot new product from Microsoft.

Re:Really? (1)

BUL2294 (1081735) | more than 3 years ago | (#32325650)

Consequently, all Steve Jobs has to do is fart and CNN will announce the release of hot new gas from Apple.

(Seriously CNN... The iPad coverage is overkill. Even CNN's own user comments complain about the company's coverage...)

Wrong! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32325682)

Everybody knows Jobs doesn't sleep.

I'm going to need some kleenex here (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32325140)

I just shot a load in my pants

I have a 3gs, I'll probably want a 4g... (1)

Overzeetop (214511) | more than 3 years ago | (#32325166)

And I don't really care that Steve will announce the phone on June 7th, except that I know that it will be out in time for me to get it subsidized by AT&T as soon as I'm eligible. I mean, if they're going to charge me every f'in month as if I'm using a subsidized phone, they may as well pony up with new hardware every 20 months.

What I really want is the successor to the Nexus One to play with side by side. The iPhone is far more useful than it was 2 years ago, but I'll go with whatever works the best*.

*Windows Mobile "7", version 1.0, need not apply. Get back to me when you've had a _working_ finger-based touch screen phone for 2 years and I'll take a look.

Re:I have a 3gs, I'll probably want a 4g... (0, Offtopic)

VGPowerlord (621254) | more than 3 years ago | (#32325542)

What I really want is the successor to the Nexus One to play with side by side.

Get back to me when you've had a _working_ finger-based touch screen phone for 2 years and I'll take a look.

2 years you say?

Announcing the Android 1.0 SDK, release 1 [blogspot.com] Posted by Dan Morrill on 23 September 2008 at 10:55 AM

Interesting how you don't expect Google/HTC to have had a "_working_ finger-based touch screen phone for 2 years?"

For the record, that date I quoted above is the date that the first Android phone, the G1 (aka HTC Dream), was announced. That was 1 year, 8 months, and 1 day ago. The phone itself wasn't released for another month, on October 22, 2008 in the US... 1 year, 7 months, and 2 days ago. It hit Europe 8 days later.

Guess you'll have to sell your Nexus One, as Google hasn't has a "_working_ finger-based touch screen phone for 2 years."

Re:I have a 3gs, I'll probably want a 4g... (1)

alta (1263) | more than 3 years ago | (#32325890)

No, he won't have to sell his Nexus one because he's not saying that he has one. What he wants is the successor to the nexus one, which will still be a few months out, and by the time it IS out, google would have had a _working_ finger-based touch screen phone for 2 years.

 

iPhone 4G isn't big (1)

Culture20 (968837) | more than 3 years ago | (#32325200)

No no no. It's real small. Ya ya ya.
Both in the literal and metaphorical sense. It would be neat if Apple were building up hype by pretending its yet another iPhone product while really presenting something completely different like Apple Solar Computing Caps with displays under the rim, or Apple iTunes for Linux. Or publicly announcing that Apple and Adobe have made up after a trip to the Bahamas and some intense couples counseling, and Flash will now be mandated in mobile Safari, not just an option.

BTW, if you want big. Go with Honeycomb.

Android already stole the thunder.. (5, Insightful)

Yahma (1004476) | more than 3 years ago | (#32325222)

I know I'll get modded down for this, but here goes...

Almost everything that Jobs will announce has already been revealed. Like the OP states, Apple fanboi's will likely hoop and hollar over anything Job's announces; however, its going to be hard for the average techie to get excited about some of the new "features" of the iphone, such as pseudo-multitasking, when the competitors such as Android and WebOS have had almost all of these features since day one.

Now with the recent release of Froyo (Android 2.2) at Google I/O, and the significant improvements brought with the upgrade, even pro-Apple sites such as Gizmodo feel that Android has Leapfrogged iPhone [gizmodo.com].

Re:Android already stole the thunder.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32325600)

Yes, but you are missing one key point:

Android does not give me an erection

Re:Android already stole the thunder.. (5, Insightful)

pandrijeczko (588093) | more than 3 years ago | (#32325728)

Don't get me wrong, I love Open and hate Closed...

I've never once bought an Apple product and have no intention of ever being Jobs' bitch...

I like Google and the stuff they do, even bought a HTC Hero phone that I'm chuffed to bits with...

But as usual, because I'm not in the USA, I've got to sit here and fucking wait with my fingers crossed in the hope that I'll see an Android 2.1 release for my phone this side of Armageddon...

Re:Android already stole the thunder.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32325762)

Gizmodo is Pro-Apple?? I find that hard to believe seeing as though Apple is suing Gizmodo.

Re:Android already stole the thunder.. (5, Insightful)

Aqualung812 (959532) | more than 3 years ago | (#32325894)

its going to be hard for the average techie to get excited about some of the new "features" of the iphone, such as pseudo-multitasking, when the competitors such as Android and WebOS have had almost all of these features since day one.

I'm very excited about "pseudo-multitasking" since it only gives the software developers what they need to do MOST of what is needed for multitasking. I love having the ability to customize my PC in a million different ways, run whatever software I want, etc. However, on my phone, I want it to work & be stable. I don't mind Apple being draconian on my phone.

As an aside, before my iPhone I had several Windows Mobile phones that also did multitasking before WebOS and Android or iPhone even existed. From what I've seen, I'll take Apple's version.

Re:Android already stole the thunder.. (1)

godawful (84526) | more than 3 years ago | (#32325954)

Not to be a total skeptic, but are we sure Gizmodos attitude with Apple may have changed due to the whole 4g prototype deal?

something else to expect too (3, Interesting)

postmortem (906676) | more than 3 years ago | (#32325244)

There will be some made-up with no real world significance benchmark or statistics how iPhone OS is superior to Android.

Ex. Mac mini now 5x faster in graphic than previous generaiton with intel onboard graphics.

At least fans will believe it.

Re:something else to expect too (5, Insightful)

jo_ham (604554) | more than 3 years ago | (#32325628)

[citation needed]

Can you show me some examples of past "made up benchmarks" that make you expect them?

Lab benchmarks are pretty staple for the tech industry - they are not unique to Apple, and all are conducted with benching suites that often don't reflect real-world use. The same sort of people who take them as gospel are the same sorts of people who look at the benchmarks for the latest GPUs being tested at tomshardware.com.

and I... (5, Funny)

Em Emalb (452530) | more than 3 years ago | (#32325258)

Lock eyes on you from across the room
Wander on over while the rhythms boom
Take you in my hand and skip the clerk's name
There's need here for the silly game
Make my way through the hipster crowd
The Apple store is the sky and I'm on your cloud
My fingers touch your screen and the angels cry
Zoom in close as the pinches fly

Leave this place, go back to the mall
My lips first touch outside in the hall
Is the whole night what we've got in store?
Whisper in my ear that you want to update more
And I jizz in my pants

No surprise at all ? (2, Interesting)

Rastignac (1014569) | more than 3 years ago | (#32325358)

No surprise this year. Jobs himself: check. New iPhone model: check. New firmware version: check. All is "déjà vu" ! The only possible surprise would be "OS4 for iPhone2G" (they said "no !"; now they should say "yes !").

Re:No surprise at all ? (1)

vlm (69642) | more than 3 years ago | (#32325738)

No surprise this year. Jobs himself: check. New iPhone model: check. New firmware version: check. All is "déjà vu" ! The only possible surprise would be "OS4 for iPhone2G" (they said "no !"; now they should say "yes !").

Oh, I'd be pleasantly surprised by a 64GB nano, I'd rush out and buy it as my 16 is too small. I'd be pleasantly surprised by a lowered ipad price. I hope its not just all "phone" news.

Iphone total price with contract has dropped from around $3000 to around $2500 or so. Still way too steep for me. I'm not asking too much for a modest $50 to $100 off the price of an ipad, I hope.

Oh, and one more thing... (4, Funny)

marcobat (1178909) | more than 3 years ago | (#32325456)

There is no going to be a iphone 4G, we had to let go all of the engineers involved in the project because of leaks... :-)

Apples biggest problem with Android is (4, Interesting)

hsmith (818216) | more than 3 years ago | (#32325548)

Apple is on a yearly release cycle (For both the major SDK and hardware) - while Android has new devices released every month, hell even more than that - and a SDK that is constantly evolving (Good or bad)

The next year will be the "year of android" but Apple needs to tee up a home run next year (Unless there are unannounced features for the 4th generation iPhone).

Hopefully the iPhone will see some sort of "Services" architecture like Android's SDK - as a developer that is the real "Multitasking" that needs to take place.

Android Scamdroid. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32325904)

As an android user I have yet to see any app or the os do anything as elegant as the iphone. I can't wait to switch to iphone when verizon picks it up. Anyone bragging about how android is better then the iphone is fooling themselves.

And now... (0, Flamebait)

PopeRatzo (965947) | more than 3 years ago | (#32325922)

The thing is, Apple's enigmatic frontman doesn't turn up to these geeky WWDC shindigs unless he has something to announce

He's going to announce that he had a healthy, solid poop this morning.

When my daughter was 2 she used to announce that all the time. "What a big girl!".

Incredible (1)

McTickles (1812316) | more than 3 years ago | (#32325986)

Yet another press rele ^D rumours about some Apple product... How is that news anymore? It happens every other day now, I know quite a few people are starting to be sick of Apple's marketing, let alone their policies. It will come to a point where Apple fanboys will accept to buy an iDildo shaped on Mr Jobs's member just because it is "shiny and new and EVERYONE HAS ONE" Also, what is the justice system doing to stop Apple A.K.A Foxconn from killing their employees as part of the iPhone market^D leaks...
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