In the meantime, hot on the heels of TUAW and Gizmodo, here are my Macworld predictions:
New MacBook Pros, with LED backlight, optional flash storage, optional optical drives, optional built-in HSDPA (3G), available now
Ultra-slim. ultra-portable Mac with “touch” features and dock
iPhone 1.1.3 software with cut & paste
New WiFi iTunes store features
New media device, replacing and/or updating Apple TV and/or Mac mini, available Q1
New cinema displays with built-in iSight and LED backlight
“One more thing”: 16 GB iPhone with HSDPA (3G), better camera, and GPS, available Q2
Some people have suggested that Apple will introduce WiMax instead of HSDPA (3G) on the new Mac portables and perhaps on the iPhone…
As much as I’m excited about mobile WiMax (4G), there’s no real coverage in the US yet. Sprint is supposed to introduce its WiMax service (named Xohm) sometime this year – the service is supposed to be contract free, but pricing is still unknown!
Unless Apple becomes an MVNO, why would they deal with another carrier when they already have a relationship with AT&T? Then again, they also have a relationship with Intel, one of the major forces behind WiMax.
Perhaps Apple will introduce a WiMax base station along with WiMax equipped devices. Apple adopting WiMax would definitely tip the scales in favor of the standard (like when Apple pushed USB and WiFi) – so I’m skeptical, but I’m hopeful.
One thing is certain – Macworld promises to be more interesting than ever this year :)