Each January, Apple
Maybe you don't, which is fine. There's no doubting, however, that Apple's momentum is strong. This morning's Macworld kickoff marks the latest attempt to maintain it. What's on tap, you ask? That's anyone guess. Apple, you see, doesn't do the traditional PR dance at Macworld. Instead, it closely guards the content of the day's announcements, which leaves the rest of us to ponder reams of speculative reports.
So, in this somewhat offbeat edition of the Foolish Forecast, I offer you my picks for the most obvious, most surprising, and most silly predictions for Jobs' keynote:
The obvious pick: Hello, Mactel. Indeed, there's near-universal agreement that Apple will roll out a new, slimmer iBook powered by an Intel
The sleeper: The iMovie video store. Rumor site ThinkSecret reported something like this in its own show preview, but I believe it's been in the works for much longer than anyone realizes. Think about it. For years, Apple has hosted movie previews at this QuickTime-powered site. Now that it has struck deals to bring TV and music videos to the new video iPod, can movies really be that far behind? All that would be needed is a more-roomy player. (100 gigabytes, anyone?) Don't be surprised if it, too, debuts this morning.
The announcement you won't see: A Mac TV. Yeah, I know, Apple is quickly becoming a consumer electronics company, and reports of a branded Apple TV are abundant. That's no reason for Jobs and Co. to stake a claim in the market. Sony
Take another bite of Apple:
- Last year, fellow Fool Seth Jayson wondered whether Jobs had finally jumped the shark.
- The year prior, I wondered whether the iPod fad would flame out. Oops.
- Has Google
(NASDAQ:GOOG)inadvertently become Apple's best friend?
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Fool contributor Tim Beyers thinks all the arm-waving over the Mac is fun but that, in the end, there are bound to be surprises. Which is nice, isn't it? Tim didn't own shares in any of the companies mentioned in this story at the time of publication. You can find out what's in his portfolio by checking Tim's Fool profile. The Motley Fool has an ironclad disclosure policy.