The world is about to change… again

At 1600hrs GMT (40 minutes from now), Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple, will give his annual keynote address at the San Francisco Mac Expo. There has been soooo much hype surrounding this year’s event that it’s really difficult to ascertain which of the rumours are true, but some of them keep cropping up again and again. I’ve been holding off buying an Apple Mac until today’s keynote speech, just in case they unveil something really revolutionary, so this is quite a big deal!

As far as I can ascertain, the main new products that are rumoured to be announced are as follows:

1) A “headless” iMac – A fairly low-spec but very aggressively priced barebones Mac computer without a screen.

2) A flash-memory iPod – 1GB of solid state storage, no screen, but tiny in size and relatively cheap.

3) iLife 05 – a revision of all the iLife apps, including iMovie, iPhoto and Garageband.

4) “Asteroid” – supposedly a hardware breakout box for use with Garageband, allowing users to plug in multiple guitars and microphones simultaneously.

It’ll be interesting to see if any of these rumours turn out to be true! It would seem that the flash iPod and iLife 05 are pretty much definite, but the other two could be complete fiction. If they do release the headless iMac, it’ll have to be pretty special and/or cheap to convince me to buy one. I suspect that nothing announced today will steer me away from either a G5 iMac or PowerMac. But I could be wrong!

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