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Apple’s announced the dates for this year’s World-Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) and it’s coming in later than usual this year: August 7 through 11. Normally, WWDC will fall somewhere around late May to mid June (not always, but usually) but the date has become fluid over […]

Apple’s announced the dates for this year’s World-Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) and it’s coming in later than usual this year: August 7 through 11. Normally, WWDC will fall somewhere around late May to mid June (not always, but usually) but the date has become fluid over the years because Apple has used the opportunity provided to announce new products. This year, though, WWDC is really late in the summer, which leads me to the question “Why so late?” Anybody have any hard facts, unfounded speculation or rumors about why? Let me know in the comments.

  1. I have been hearing rumors that Apple will release an anwer to oragami. I doubt it would be something like that but you never know.

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  2. I am not sure why but I would guess that it is because they plan to complete the transition to intel at WWDC and it is going to take till then to get processors suitable for Powermacs and Xserves.
    I would venture to guess that Leopard will not involve much for the developers since it will most likely ship in December or January and that would not leave much time for the developers to get things integrated into their products.
    My best guess as of now is, WWDC will bring an end of the Intel Transition, Leopard with a much improved Spotlight, Widget Syncing with .Mac, A rendered interface for OS X that appear to be the same aqua but will scale up to or down to any resolution and an end to brushed metal since it really would be harder with the rendered UI.

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  3. As I see it (and this is pure speculation) there are two major potential reasons:
    WWDC stuff (Leopard) won’t be ready by June.
    They’re releasing hella stuff in April, and want some time between that and the next major release.

    Could certainly be both of those reasons, but I’m betting at least one of them is the case (and I’m hoping for the second one, of course).

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  4. I would guess they’re trying to keep a wrap on Leopard, since Leopard will be going head to head with Vista. The less Microsoft knows about Leopard the better.

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  5. Eliah,

    agreed.

    I’m thinking Leopard stuff to make Vista look like a joke (again). And April 1 will probably something interesting making it reasonable to assume they want to wait a while to get something else good going for WWDC. Why have two awesome shows within a couple months when you can drag it out and have the hype machine go thru the roof :)

    Hopefully that recent magsafe connector incident doesn’t cause any issues or anything :

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  6. It could be as simple as they want WWDC later as they won’t have much to show in Paris… meaning that the desktops will be announced.

    I’m likely to go to WWDC this year as it’s been a few since I went. I just wish they held it on the Eastern Seaboard so I don’t have to travel half way around the world.

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  7. I think it’s related to the PowerMacs and Xserves. It will present a great opportunity for Apple to tell the market that the transition has been completed months ahead of schedule.

    Go Apple Go!!!!

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  8. Could have something ot do with Intel’s scheduled release of some more processors that Apple may want to use… Is that vague enough? Seriously, Intel has announced that they are scheduled to start shipping some new processors around the end of July, I think it was.

    May not be a coincidence… Intel desktops or xServes, anyone?

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  9. I think it should be quite simple. Intel will present its new processor for june, if I well remenber, as announced. So I think the delay should be for something using this new porcessors (conroe?), probably the xServe too.

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  10. That sounds real good too. But why transition to the macbook in january then instead of waiting for the new line of cpu’s? If this is the case then it seems more likely they would have transitioned the ibook instead, giving it the ‘old’ processor and keeping the powerbook around until the new stuff is available.

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