WWDC: Where Rumors Become Reality
iTunes-to-iPhone Direct Video Downloads
Currently, you can't download purchased video content from the iTunes Store through your iPhone. But tweaks in the recent release of iTunes 8.2 have lead some to believe you'll soon be able to order movies and TV shows without syncing to your computer.
A recurring theme with this year's iPhone predictions has been the possibility of a magnometer or compass coming to the iPhone. I'm not sure why you would want a computerized compass. But I suppose it's a cool idea.
New OS X Features with Snow Leopard
Apple has promised to hand out copies of the next iteration of OS X to developers at WWDC. When Cupertino first introduced Snow Leopard at WWDC '08, it said the Snow Leopard upgrade was largely about under-the-hood changes. Since then we've heard rumors of a visual overhaul, and images of the new Mac OS have been popping up with increasing frequency. Expect a new visual look to OS X next week, as well as some interface changes.
Take a patent for iPhone videoconferencing and combine with a supposed iPhone 4G front bezel and you get iChat for the iPhone. This is a dream feature for many iPhone fans, and -- next to a Steve Jobs appearance -- is probably the least likely feature on this list. Nevertheless, there is some evidence to support videoconferencing on the iPhone, which makes it a likely bet for the future -- if not at this year's WWDC.
Next Monday, we'll find out if my Apple predictions were spot-on or completely off target. Don't forget to check out PC World's coverage of the WWDC keynote address at 10 a.m. Pacific Time on Monday, June 8.
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