Apple Predictions

A market research analyst gave some predictions on Apple today. Here are some highlights:

  • 95% chance of iPhone on Verizon, expected in March
  • 90% chance of iTunes Cloud Service
  • 5th Generation iPhone with “near-field communications” (NFC) capability

Will we see these predictions come through? Happy new year!

iTunes 8.2 adds support for iPhone 3.0; Steve Jobs Update

Apple quiety released iTunes 8.2, which adds support for an iPhone or iPod Touch with the iPhone 3.0 Software Update. The timing of this release, given that Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) is next week, makes it seem likely that Apple will release the 3.0 update during the WWDC, likely during the Monday morning keynote (10 AM Pacific Time).

Speaking of the WWDC, according to a highly reliable source of mine, Steve Jobs will make a “surprise” appearance at the WWDC, a little ahead of schedule for his return from medical leave of absence.

… Ok, I don’t really have any inside information 🙂 …  but the source is Steve Chazin, author of the Marketing Apple blog, and former Director of Marketing for Strategic Programs at Apple. In a seemingly unrelated blog post, he quietly writes a single line P.S. stating that Jobs will make a surprise appearance at WWDC. No more, no less. Very interesting.

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