Over at the Cult of Mac, someone asked if anyone knew the history of the WWDC and what the “big” announcements were over the past few years. Leigh McMullen posted a list, and what a list it is. However, the WWDC announcements were, not exactly Rock-Star quality.
Let’s see: we have in 2002, OS X – 10.2, 2003 were the PowerMac G5, the ‘iApps’, 2004 were the 23 & 30 inch Cinema Displays, and OS X Tiger (10.4) was previewed, 2005 the decision to switch from PPC to Intel processors, 2006 The MacPro, Intel based Xserve, and Leopard was previewed, and finally in 2007 a feature complete version of Leopard was demonstrated.
Other than the PowerMac G5 and the MacPro, I don’t see a lot of Major hardware unveilings. Will Steve-o change character and blow everyone out of the water with a Mac-Tablet? I don’t think so. I know I’m new to this, but Apple wants to sell the iPhone, and in record numbers. A tablet would get in the way, don’t you think?
After reading many, many blogs, articles and reviews about the iPhone, I have come to the same conclusion that others have: the iPhone is literally a computer in your shirt or jeans pocket, and its capabilities and growth is…well astronomical. What Steve revealed in his introduction of the iPhone last year was just barely scratching the surface of what is equal to the original blue-and-white Power Mac G3, in your pocket.
I think yes, a tablet is on it’s way…but not at the WWDC. The 3G iPhone will be the star attraction.