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Rumor Roundup: Apple’s Final Macworld

Small Apple LogoThis year’s Macworld Conference and Expo will be Apple’s last year in attendance. Even though CEO Steve Jobs won’t be giving the keynote, excitement is still going strong, and there doesn’t seem to be a shortage of rumors either. (Here’s a recap that we’ll continuously update prior to the event)

New iMacs

READ → Back in October there were claims that Apple’s all-in-one iMac would be getting a speedbump prior to the holidays which turned out to be incorrect. Still, an iMac refresh or speedbump is expected. Digitimes, which has become a fairly accurate source of information lately, has reported that new iMacs are expected in January. Whether they show up Macworld or not, is still unconfirmed.

A Strong Cloud-Computing Push

READ → 9to5 perhaps brings the most solid track record to this year’s rumor roundup. They’ve kicked things off with some rumored updates to iWork and iLife. Apple may be taking a portion of these applications to the cloud, integrating deeply with Mobile Me and diversifying the offerings they have in the web-app space. Speculation has grown prior to the event, as people are unsure how Apple’s stability in this space has been measured after last summer’s shaky Mobile Me launch. Interestingly, MacBlogz has been able to confirm the information along with some pricing info, and an overall perspective on how Apple may present the new information. It’s also important to note that Phil Schiller debuted Apple’s latest foray into cloud computing, Mobile Me.

32GB iPhone

READ → Back in early November, MacBlogz received an anonymous tip pointing to a 32GB iPhone to be released in January. “That rumored red iPhone… It’s not happening. The only iPhone news I know for certain is that it’s getting bumped to 32GB in January,” the tipster explained. The 32GB iPhone rumors have been around for a while. Information surrounding Apple’s aggressive hoarding of NAND flash also lends itself to the release of higher capacity handhelds. Recently, all iPhone retailers have been making more aggressive plays at cheaper pricing, but it remains Apple’s jobs to innovate the device itself. Additionally, MacRumors clarifies a few points regarding this information and what is technically available.

Snow Leopard

READ → Many believe that Apple will at least show off a demo of Snow Leopard next week. MacRumors was first to make public a slide from Apple’s Director of Engineering of Unix Technologies Jordan Hubbard presentation. The slide explains that Snow Leopard is expected to ship in the first quarter of 2009. A Macworld release date might be premature, however a demo is entirely possible. Website TheGaurdian.co.uk also expects Phil Schiller to demo Snow Leopard at Macworld.

Mac Mini

READ → Wired kicked things off regarding the Mac mini. Being a credible source themselves, they explained that a trusted person told them about the Mac mini and that is “a lock.” They expect Apple to unveil the Mac mini and kick-off Macworld with the announcement. Additionally, Apple Insider reports that the upcoming Mac mini will get dual display support, while Ars Technica leaves that confirmation up in the air. TUAW explained what they thought were upcoming design changes for the Mac mini, but the information doesn’t seem very concrete, as a contradicting report points out.

17″ Macbook Pro

READ → Even though Apple left out the 17″ Macbook Pro from the latest round of notebook refreshes, it is still believed to be receiving the same unibody enclosure as its little brother. One report came in pointing out that quad core chips were ready and priced accordingly for this update. Apple Insider thinks that a delay was affecting the release of the notebooks, however Apple may have been waiting for additional internals in order to separate the 17″ Pro models from the rest of the line. Additionally, 9to5Mac has released some interesting information. According to their sources, the 17″ Macbook Pro will indeed be unveiled during Macworld, and it will have an interesting new twist surrounding the battery. They explain that Apple may have changed the Macbook Pro’s design to include a built-in, non-user replaceable battery. “The news is that Apple is making a super slim battery pack for the 17 inch MacBook Pros that will last much longer than current models,” Seth Weintraub explains. MacRumors has also heard whispers confirming the new battery.

MacBlogz will be at Macworld this year providing lots of exclusive coverage of the entire event. If there’s anything you would like us to cover at any point during Macworld, drop us line and let us know… We’ll check it out and get it up. As for live-blogging, we’ll point you to some of our friends that have cooked up some custom live-blogging solutions for the keynote.

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10 Comments to “Rumor Roundup: Apple’s Final Macworld”

Rick @ January 3rd, 2009 at 6:39 pm
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Here’s my scoop:

- iPhone gets mentioned, probably storage bumps, but that’s it
- Snow leopard gets mentioned, maybe demoed, but for sure not released
- iMacs no way
- Macbook Pro maybe
- no new product category
- nothing revolutionary

and Yes, I am very confident that Steve Jobs will be in attendance.

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corey @ January 3rd, 2009 at 8:03 pm
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No I-mac??? WHY? WHEN?

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Larry E. @ January 3rd, 2009 at 9:38 pm
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I think the Macbook Pro 17″ is more likely actually. I can’t see the iMac getting touched.

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Smoke @ January 3rd, 2009 at 6:45 pm
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Web-Apps are a lock I think. Mac mini too.

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geek @ January 3rd, 2009 at 7:27 pm
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Unless Jobs is dead, look for Steve to make some sort of appearance even if it is via video, its an ego thing.

Heck Dick Clark (who I think is really dead) made it to new years!

All kidding aside, look for Steve to leave his mark on what will be Apples last part of Mac World. However look for apple to host their own type of carnival in the future.

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tsiona @ January 4th, 2009 at 4:31 am
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GEEK i agree with you 101%

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