SAN FRANCISCO (TheStreet) -- Another Apple (AAPL) - Get Report launch, another "one more thing," and what have we learned? Unless you're Gizmodo and get your hands on a prototype, it's hard to prognosticate about the iPhone.
Moments before Steve Jobs hit the stage at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco today, Consumer Reports sent out a press release predicting, among other things, a bigger display, faster processor, better camera and greater storage capacity for the iPhone. Consumer Reports batted .500, with Apple flaunting the beefy A4 from the iPad and a 5-megapixel camera, but only a 3.5-inch display and the same 16 gigabyte and 32 gigabyte storage we've seen in previous iPhones. Not great, but not bad.
fared better, correctly predicting the absence of a
Steve Ballmer and the looming presence of HTML 5 -- much to
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Though the iMovie for iPhone application announcement and Face Time Wi-Fi video-chat feature worked in Rogers' favor, a new video or music-streaming service never materialized.
also was skeptical about Verizon treading on
turf or Ballmer coming to the party, but missed the call on an Apple-streaming service, which Jobs may have to address later, considering he's given the iPhone kids a new HD camera to play with.
, meanwhile, speculated that Jobs would bestow the iPhone OS 4 (now iOS4) cloud-based iTunes, $99 Apple TV and free MobileMe on his beloved fanboys. Not bad ideas, Ben, but 1-for-4 guesses and late-entry wishful thinking about a Verizon iPhone or camera-laden iPod Touch seemed more the result of playing darts while blindfolded than digging for clues.
Considering Gizmodo's find and Engadget's leaks of both a
casing and the
camera's 720p HD capability -- both of which panned out -- there was more than enough information in the ether to make some solid predictions. However, when that gangly, sneakered Willy Wonka of hardware says he's taking the stage, tech coverage can traipse into a world of pure imagination.
-- Reported by Jason Notte in Boston.
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