Everyone is getting into the game now it seems.  Now that a lackluster CES is over, all eyes are on Macworld.  The Guardian gets a few insiders to give their take on what will go down at Macworld.

All of the usual suspects are there:

  • Leopard 10.5.2
  • iTunes movie rentals/iTunes 7.6
  • SSD Drive based slim laptop, sans optical drive
  • 16Gb iPhone, $100 price drop on 8Gb – 3G was mentioned but doubtful
  • Tablet/Mac Touch/ iPad

Something we have heard very little of, but gets mentioned a few times is.. the Home Network Server.  Apple could roll out a Terrabyte home server the size of a Mac Mini that could be used for backups as well as storing shared Media across a family or workgroup.  Perhaps running a mini version of OSX Leopard Server.  It makes sense to us.

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The panel includes: Chuq Von Rospach spent 17 years at Apple, working on enterprise and IT projects, before joining a Silicon Valley startup and "can now watch a Macworld Keynote without stressing out that everything works". David Sobotta worked at Apple for nearly 20 years, leaving in 2004 as director of federal sales. Mike Evangelist worked for Apple until July 2002, responsible for Final Cut Pro, DVD Studio Pro and iDVD. Daniel Jalkut was a senior systems software engineer at Apple until 2002. He now runs Red Sweater Software. Michael Gartenberg is consumer technology analyst for Jupiter Research. Adam Engst is the editor of the TidBits site, and has repeatedly been named one of the five most influential people in the Apple ecosystem. Wil Shipley is founder of Delicious Monster Software. All Delicious Monster’s staff, except himself, have subsequently been hired by Apple. Gus Mueller is founder of Flying Meat, an independent software company that develops exclusively for OS X.


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