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Steve Jobs, The Magician

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I believe it was Arthur C. Clarke who said that any advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. Enter Steve Jobs, stage left, at today’s Macworld Expo in San Francisco. For Mac fanatics this is the most eagerly-awaited date in the calendar; during his keynote Jobs will reveal the latest products conjured from Apple’s workshops.

Last year it was the iPhone, which will certainly be a hard act to follow. However I know that many purists were disappointed by the dearth of new Mac products then. In their eyes the iPhone is little more than a gadget; they hunger for upgrades and new additions to Apple’s range of Mac computers. Rumour is that Jobs will unveil a flash-based ultra-portable laptop but there is no way to be sure given Apple’s legendary secrecy. On the other hand the iPhone may once again steal the thunder if Jobs unveils a 3G version.

One product that won’t be featured is the Mac Pro; a new eight-core configuration was introduced last week, presumably to clear the way for the more consumer-oriented products that traditionally debut at Macworld. Similarly Apple’s iPod range also received a recent refresh so new models or upgrades are unlikely. However if the rumours are to be believed Jobs will announce that Apple’s customers will be able to rent movies from its iTunes Store some time in the future.

Further speculation is really futile though; to my knowledge these are the only rumours with any real sound basis to them. One thing is for certain – Jobs will be pulling more than one surprise out of his hat. Roll on the keynote!

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Written by macinjay

January 15, 2008 at 9:51 am

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