If tonight were like any other night preceding an Apple event, I would be going to bed dreaming of what cool new gadget is being released when I roll out of bed in the morning. So why is this one different? It probably has to do with the fact that they are just revising something that has been out for quite awhile now. Granted if they do manage to put video conferencing capability into the new phones, it will go a long way towards making it more interesting. Rumors of GPS integration have been floating around, and if they prove true, could also add a lot to the iPhone. I will check out the live feed of the event, but it will be to see what they are adding in the firmware update for the iPod Touch, and see if there is a surprise product that wasn’t expected. There is a good chance that they will talk about OS X’s new revision which is is expected in early 09. One of the more interesting things I have heard, is something that is being developed called Sling Player Mobile and will let you access all the channels you get at home on your iPod Touch/iPhone anywhere you have a WiFi connection. This would be great at airports, cafes, etc and it will be cool to see if they can pull this off and bring us something truly revolutionary. Come morning, I will be right where any true Apple fan is, which is in front of my computer watching the live feed on http://www.macrumorslive.com at 10:00 am PDT. This time, though, I am not going to expect too much and hopefully then it will not disappoint.
UPDATE: Show went about how I expected. They talked about the new software, free for iPhone users and $9.95 for iPod touch owners (Didn’t we just pay for the last software update?). There was alot of talk about apps and games for the iPhone/iPod Touch. Everything that got introduced with the new iPhone had been rumored before the event started. It runs on 3G, has built in GPS (cool feature), is faster, and comes in white. The best thing they announced was the price which comes in at 8GB for $199 and a 16 GB version for $299. There was some other stuff involving the new “Mobile me” but this seems like a revamp of their current online component. The phones would definitely be of interest if the coverage was better in my area and I didn’t already have a 16 GB iPod Touch.
I got a chance to actually watch the WWDC presentation and being able to see it made a few apps stand out a little. There are some cool apps for Ebay, Typepad for blogging, a news application from Associated Press, and probably my favorite called Loopt. I can’t explain it as good as this video so check it out Loopt demo