The curiosity and expectation of the past are not there. Everything seems already written when one thinks of what will happen tonight (Italian time) here in San Francisco at WWDC. We know that the new iPhone will arrive, we know how it is made, we know what will be inside it (iPhone 4.0) and we also know there will be an outline made, probably, of some small hardware news. One would be tempted to wonder why we came here 9000 km from Italy, doing what Macitynet has been doing for almost 15 years now, to show for yourself and give an account of something that everyone already knows; one wonders what we can say new and original compared to what we have not already written dozens of times in recent days thanks to careless employees, grabber patrons, unscrupulous sites and Asian forums beyond control. Answering with the mind would be too easy and probably, as with all the things that happen in and around Apple, what is easy is also risky.
We think we know a lot about the iPhone HD (as it will probably be called), but we certainly don't know everything. We have a precise idea of how it is done outside, but, for example, we do not know what is inside, and therefore how it works. Will video chat, which will certainly be one of the strengths, be supported by a mobile version of iChat? What will its performances be? How will we use it? How will it integrate with other applications? Will the video conference be managed exclusively for the operating system app or will it also be usable in other contexts and other applications?
The screen of the new iPhone certainly at higher resolution than the current one but the camera? What resolution will it have? What will be its quality? How to operate with the LED flash appeared in some images? Will you be able to make movies of higher quality than current ones? Will they be high definition so as to put the iPhone in competition with consumer HD cameras that are proliferating everywhere?
What about the battery? What will Apple's response to the criticisms, which are never too explicit but which certainly are the main reason why several users continue not to use iPhone as their main phone, of limited autonomy, too limited? The component that we have seen in photography much larger than the current one but will it be able to really increase the duration of use of the iPhone? And how much?
But hardware is not the only aspect on which questions and doubts are pinned. Those who follow Apple's things closely wonder if there is anything in store for services too. For several days, there has been rumors of a free opening to all iPhone and iPad users of some fundamental MobileMe functions that could bring added value to devices, bringing Android phones that have free Google services available. Will we have push mail, albums and calendars for everyone? Did Apple then predict anything in iPhone and video related services?
But the iPhone will certainly not be the only element that could reserve surprises. Many people think that, for example, iPhone Os 4.0 does not know everything. We certainly don't know anything about video chat and the software connected to it, we don't know anything about the video recording at increased resolution or the speed it can have on an A4 processor (even if seeing iPad something you can imagine). We have not seen the operating system running on a real device but only on emulators, we have not seen it applied live on iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS.
And if we leave the world of the iPhone, which will also be at the center of the keynote, and move on to other aspects, we can ask ourselves other questions about the computers that Apple could introduce tomorrow (Mac Pro most likely but also Mac mini and perhaps a renewal of the iMac) or on Safari 5.0 of which Macgeneration has presented the features. It is possible that Apple takes advantage of the opportunity to reiterate some fundamental concepts of the strategic lines of the last few months, from the support to HTML5 against Flash, to the mobile strategy based on devices that descend from iPhones in contrast with the world of netbooks that inherit form factors and philosophy from laptops. We also look forward to hearing a balance of iPad sales and a count, yet another, of the applications available on the App Store (a banner in Moscone announces that the 200,000 mark has been exceeded).
In short, there is more than some reason to be here and to follow our direct Monday from San Francisco; not everything, indeed perhaps little, ends with the new iPhone that only the appetizer of a complex system and yet to be revealed which represents the meal of this WWDC 2010.