WWDC 2006: Unusually late, why?

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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 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.

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Jason Terhorst

Actually, WWDC usually happens in August, so it’s not “late”, so much as Apple has been switching things around lately and they’re now returning it to its usual spot. Of course, WWDC 2007 is now strangely early.

D. Ortego

Granted, August will make for an interesting and perhaps an exciting conference. With regards to more current events, there appears to be a growing consensus that April may well be a push for some new or improved products. Is there any speculation or inside talk as to what may be unveiled?

Eric

It has to be delayed for the Pro Macs to be announced. It will also give more time for the developers to be ready to announce their pro apps as Universal Binaries. The WWDC is a great place to bring new Apple Pro products out. The real question is: what will they be called? ‘Power’ is history. Steve said that they want ‘Mac’ in their product names, so I can see the iBook becoming ‘MacBook’, PowerMac becoming ‘Mac Pro’ and the Xserve becoming the ‘MacServe’. Or similar. Whatever happens, it is a great time to be a Mac addict.

Michael

To answer your Question, Apple is looking for more market share and if you noticed they are demoing 10.5 which will compete with Microsoft’s Longhorn. Consequently their both going to be available around the same time.

Apple doesn’t want to give Microsoft to early of a lead on what’s to come and it’s strategy has been to keep Microsoft in the dark. So that they have less of a chance of copying Apples next and greatest Os.

If Apple Succeeds they will have the ability to take some of Microsoft’s market share away.

After all the Transition to Intel will be done by then. So expect big things to come when apple releases 10.5 it could be far different then the one demoed at WWDC.

Ryan

Also, who’s ‘we’? I didn’t know we had a say… Apple isn’t some kind of democracy last time I checked :p

Ryan

Personally I like Leopard. And I could be full of it but wasn’t there already Cheetah?

Tommy

“Leopard” is an ugly word. If we have run out of cats with elegant names, it is time to retire this nomenclature. I suppose it will be milked dry until 10.9 Cheetah breaks ground for XI.

D. Ortego

Future Announcements: Who really knows for certain? I’ve been reading a lot of articles from various sources and my assessment is that software and hardware vendors are in a virtual standoff. Developers want a broader comfort zone for their development efforts while Apple needs more time to refine their OS load-sets for the Intel chip. As a result, Apple will no doubt have made some of these improvements in place by mid-summer with a slightly more refined OS together with improvements to their hardware offerings. SJ is already licking his wounds over the inferior 4x Superdrive in the current iterations of MacBooks so look for a new 8x drive by August if not sooner. Since the SF conference Apple has made several advances in the Intel line at a rate of about one very 28-days. By August it’s likely that Apple and its vendors will have more universal apps and a full range of MacBooks, iBooks (as we knew them) and presumably an entry level Desktop or two.
Regards, Digital-Dude©

D. Ortego

Future Announcements: Who really knows for certain? I’ve been reading a lot of articles from various sources and my assessment is that software and hardware vendors are in a virtual standoff. Developers want a broader comfort zone for their development efforts while Apple needs more time to refine their OS load-sets for the Intel chip. As a result, Apple will no doubt have some of these improvements in place by mid-summer with a slightly more refined OS 10.x together with improvements to their hardware offerings. SJ is already licking his wounds over the inferior 4x Superdrive in the current iterations of MacBooks so look for a new 8x drive by August if not sooner. Since the SF conference Apple has made several advances in the Intel product line at a rate of about one very 28-days. By August it’s likely that Apple and its vendors will have more universal apps and a full range of MacBooks, iBooks (as we knew them) and presumably an entry level Desktop or two.
Regards, Digital-Dude

Ryan

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.

caruso_g

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.

al

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?

switchtoamac

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!!!!

NCG_Mike

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.

Ryan

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 :

Daniel

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.

Eliah

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).

Fred

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.

Andrew Creek

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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