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WWDC - One Day More... Final Thoughts

This interim update is meant to provide some final thoughts and updates since the WWDC Rumor Roundup from June 15, 2003 -- almost a week ago.



The majority of rumors described last week hold true... with some additional details being provided over the past 6 days.



PowerMacs



Teasers regarding unopenable boxes and an Apple Germany invitation provided hints of things to come... with Apple themselves finally leaking information on PowerMac updates.



Unanswered in that leak, however, is the question of availability... which was a contended point in the previous Roundup. A couple of unconfirmed rumors, this week, hinted that only low-end PowerMacs would be shipping immediately.



Recent information suggests that the machines will not see full availability until at least August. In fact, machines are said to be in prototype form at this time. The new machines are also said to be at higher price points than the towers they are replacing.



A possible photo of the new PowerMacs appeared on the internet this week... but was ultimately confirmed to be fake. The photo received considerable attention due to it's consistency with the description in the 1 Infinite Cantina article -- which is still felt to represent an accurate description of the new Tower.



PowerBooks



Again -- limited PowerBook information is available... however one hint claimed no PowerBook updates at WWDC. If this is the case, PowerBook updates are still expected shortly. Rumors of 970 based PowerBooks are still considered less reliable.



Panther



The first real Panther screenshots were revealed to the internet on Saturday -- and depicted new features, including a previous undescribed Window Management feature called Expos. The long rumored Piles feature is not included.



One other "thing", simply called Xcode will accompany Panther... but no details are known what this represents.



Other...



A new web camera from Apple is still expected to accompany the video-enabled iChat.



Per a FunMac Thread, Safari v85 is already making the rounds... which may represent the release version.



The Event



- The forums will be closed during WWDC due to server demands.

- No Live stream is publically available.


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