Or, in plain simple English: what we already know so far.
With WWDC just about a week’s time away, rumors of new devices, especially new iPhone models continue to sweep the interwebs like it does come every other Apple season, the other being MacWorld.
Here’s one of the later pieces to appear. Spies have managed to capture, in clear view, this year’s banner for WWDC. It says: One year later. Light-years ahead.
If you look closely enough, it’s covered with the many iPhone application icons – which tells the obvious – the slogan describes the long road Apple and the iTunes App Store has covered since it opened its virtual doors almost a year ago in July 11, 2008. As of this writing, the App Store’s over 45,000 applications on offer, and 1 billion downloads later, is obviously the best success story for 2008, and if not one of the greatest software platform success stories ever. This banner alone tells us that there’s more beyond venturing into places where no iPhone has gone before. Keep your eyes peeled.
On the iPhone, there’s been a series of leaked blurry photos, displaying several of the rumored features, such as auto-focus camera and digital compass. Another set compared the quality of photos taken using existing hardware against the new rumored hardware – with signs of obvious significant improvement in image quality. One should take notice immediately of the nifty autofocus feature in the new hardware’s – move a little blue square with your finger to set camera focus. Apple 2.0 has all the details, check it out here.
There also seems to be rumors of the new iPhone having a matte backing instead of the current glossy, finger-print magnet. I find this a blessing, after having to deal with finger prints on my older iPods. What about the Apple logo? Yes, the groups of people who chose to remain anonymous has said that the logo might glow and act as camera flash. I am buying this rumor – it’ll look awesome, don’t you think?
Aside to these developments, one things quite sure is that iPhone OS 3.0 will most likely make its debut come WWDC. It was announced way back in March and is currently in the form of Beta 5. The recently-concluded Push Notification beta testing for iPhone 3.0 that Apple run with its developer sets this fact even further in stone.
Keep your calendars booked. WWDC 2009 starts next Monday, June 8 2009. Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing will be presenting the keynote for the event. Stay tuned.
P/S: For a limited time, Lonely Planet will be giving away their San Francisco City Guide iPhone application, a $15.99 value. If you are attending WWDC this year, make sure to grab a copy and plan out your trip to beautiful city of the Golden Gate. Here’s the iTunes link: Lonely Planet San Francisco City Guide