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WWDC 2009 previewApple always manages to deliver some surprises at its annual World Wide Developers Conference. Our panel of experts sits down to discuss what it expects to see this year.
[ music ] ^M00:00:04 >> Monday, June 8th begins the World Wide Developers Conference for Apple, often known as the WWDC. It's a time for developers to gather and discuss how they make applications, and develop software for OS10. But also for all of us to hear a keynote from Apple and spread nasty cool rumors about all the crazy stuff they're gonna come up with. Joining us to talk about what's really gonna happen, Erica Ogg from CNET News, Kent German from Reviews, and Jason Parker from CNET Download. Thanks for joining me everybody. >> Sure. >> So let's start with the facts. What are we for sure gonna hear from Apple? What has Apple said, we're gonna talk about this, Kent? >> Kent: Well pretty sure we're gonna hear stuff about the iPhone. And one of the biggest things we're gonna be looking for is the official release date of iPhone 3.0. That's the software update that was announced in March that gave us cut and paste, and copy and paste, and multimedia messaging. They did announce at that time that it'll be out in the summer, but hopefully we'll hear when it actually available to iPod, iPhone owners and iPod Touch owners. >> And are we for sure there's gonna be a new iPhone, or is that just rumor? >> Kent: We're pretty sure. Yeah, Apple doesn't, never says anything until they're good and ready. So, but we have seen some pretty credible rumors on, yeah, orders at the Chinese manufacturing sites for parts. And we're hearing the that the iPhone is running out of, inventory is really low at Apple stores and Best Buy, and places like that. So we're pretty sure that we will see a new one, yeah. >> Erica what are some of the, the hotter rumors about what would be in the hardware? >> Erica: A lot of people want to see a video camera in there. >> I would like to see that. >> Erica: Yes. Some people want to see that. A lot of the rumors recently had to do with price, with size, um, ah, people have been talking recently that perhaps there was gonna be a 4 gig, 8 gig, 16 gig, and then the 32 gig. >> Did you hear about the compass? That was the other big hardware >> Erica: Right. Right. >> Rumor I heard about too. >> Erica: It's this big compass. And that would change a lot of how Google, the Google Maps feature works, and so that, that is another thing that keeps popping up in rumors. >> The other thing I heard about that was, is that it was gonna time with the social, part of a social networking thing as far as taking pictures and the location of where they're taKent, and exact direction that they're taKent in. >> Yeah, a rumor a couple of weeks ago is the revolutionary combination of camera, GPS, and a couple of other things. And, you know, other, this isn't, this is something completely new; other devices do this. But so far they're not totally integrated on the iPhone where you take a photo it gives you the, the stamp of it, and you can send it out to people and tell people where it is. Another thing about the price that [inaudible] are saying is, the cost of entry of a phone is significant in peoples minds. But the long-term ownership of the phone and the price associated with that is almost bigger than what it costs to actually get the phone. Because you know they're gonna be paying that price over a certain amount of time. A couple of analyst's have said that they might actually lower that monthly cost for certain, for certain versions of phone, and then you get, you know, limited maybe, limited internet, limited texting, whatever it might be. >> Lost in and among all of the iPhone rumors is OS10 Snow Leopard, which is really what the WWDC is supposed to be about. Jason, you're kind of following that. What, what can we expect to see regarding those announcements. >> Jason: Well what we're told is Apple has actually state that they're going to do a big preview at the end of the keynote. So we should be able to see a lot of the new stuff that's involved. There was actually leaked on the Internet a bunch of videos on YouTube showing a bunch of the, a bunch of the features and interface tweaks and stuff like that. But they were quickly pulled by Apple, which is >> Confirmation. >> Jason: Yeah, kind of confirmation. So I'm thinking we're gonna see some new stuff. >> There's also a lot of scuttlebutt out there about a tablet or some kind of netbook, like a larger form factor iPhone. Kent, you give any credibility to this? >> Kent: I would think that right now they're gonna be so concentrated on the iPhone that I think that's probably where they're gonna go this time. But I, I mean, with Apple though, you just, anything's possible. >> Erica: This is obviously been, this category's been a pitfall for a lot of PC makers, trying to like really focus in and make something viable for that area between a Smartphone and a laptop. So, you know, Apple could do something there. But like I said, they're not, they're not gonna tell us until they actually decide to do it. >> Probability level 20% lower, you think? >> Erica: For WWDC? >> Yeah. >> Erica: Absolutely. I don't think if we see, I don't think it's gonna be at WWDC. >> You're shaking your head. You think lower. >> Well I just think that they have this rumor for a tablet just about every time there's an Apple event. And with the iPhone 3.0 coming out and Snow Leopard announcements I just don't think they're gonna put all their eggs in one basket like that. >> Last question, are we gonna see Steve Jobs, [phonetic] that's the, he was supposed to have a six month leave that would be coming up around this time. A lot of people are thinking there'll be a surprise guest. >> Erica: It could be. But really they said end of June. And June 8th is clearly the beginning of June. >> Not the end of June. Yeah. >> Erica: So, you know, Phil Shuller's [phonetic] gonna be giving the keynotes. He's kind of gonna be the one in charge. Who knows, perhaps we could see Steve. But, you know, it would be just an outside chance. >> I'd be surprised. I mean Apple's already said that Phil Shuller will speak. And I can't, and I just find it, I find it surprising if Steve sort of came in and upstaged him. I mean, they're really gonna focus on the products and what Phil is announcing. So I would definitely be surprised. >> Jason, Kent, Erica, thanks for joining us and letting people get a little inside look. Of course if you want to find out what actually happens, follow our coverage. You can find it all over the CNET site at CNET.com. ^E00:05:14