Just a warning, Pete won't be able to respond to your questions, if I can help out with any of your queries I will.
Shahzeb, you may be disappointed. Apple could surprise us, but the conventional wisdom is that a separate launch event will unveil the new iPhone.
Excellent question. I think a lot of people would be nervous if iOS 6 further marooned people with sub-4S hardware (as it is, Siri doesn't work on the earlier chipset).
A lot of hobnobbing and coffee complaining? :) We'll run down the state of play in terms of rumours, and you can all weigh in.
As I wrote today (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/technology/ranking-the-apple-rumours/article4246122/), the expectations for today fall into several sub categories of software and hardware launches. It's been strongly hinted at that there will be hardware announced today, but as usual Apple will confirm nothing.
We're in the Moscone Center for #WWDC12. The keynote begins at 10 am PST (1 pm EST).
Pradeep, there's been a lot of speculation about the Pro, and perhaps the iMac, getting Retina display technology that we got our first taste of from Apple with the new iPad. In both cases one suspects the form factor and chipsets would have to be altered to manage the processing power, not to mention the massive batteries (in the case of the macbook).
The rumors inspiring the most emotional debate are whether there'll be a TV and/or new iPhone. What does everyone think?
There's also a lot of talk about a new maps app - iMap? - that could replace Google Maps on iOS DEVICES
Maps is, to me, the one rumour that has the most supporting evidence.
I think even Google knows that's going to happen, their event last week touting the updated 3D seemed very 'don't forget about us after Apple blows us up next week'.
A fair point, but tying a third-party software competitor deeply into its operating system was always un-Apple-like. So, I think they've been working on it for a while, let me dig up the links on the mapping company's they bought ...
Yes, and that's the other big "hope/rumour" of the last few weeks - Siri... will she leave the boundaries of the United States, will she work on iPads, TVs, etc.?
I'd be inclined to believe that if Apple really is going to nuke Google Maps, it wouldn't do so unless their own product was in some way better. Granted, that's hard to imagine because Google Maps is pretty good
Who here uses Siri? More and more I find my main use of Siri and the dictation service is to type out boring messages I can't be bothered to mangle with my thumbs.
I like using Siri to send text messages but find that it chews through data quite quickly
Ah... all that translating my mumbles and shipping them back as text. Hmm.
He also said he would double down on secrecy... which is either an indictment of the current rumour mill, or a warning that he's going to surprise us, or some other completely disconnected possibility. Sigh, Apple.
Hey Shane. I've started using Siri to set meetings and calendar reminders for myself. Most of the time it's faster than manual, which is the key incentive for me. Though I admit I'm always a little embarrassed to be seen talking to my phone in public. Especially when it misunderstands and I have to repeat myself over and over.
Wouldn't it suck if the only new hardware introduced are iPods?
Perhaps a seven-inch iPod Touch? :)
Good news! Only an hour (or so) until Tim Cook puts all our guessing to rest.