WWDC 2008 Rumor Wrapup: Winners and Losers

After each major event, MacRumors provides a wrapup of rumors to reveal the sources of the most accurate (or inaccurate) information.

iPhone 3G

As widely expected, Apple released the iPhone 3G at WWDC 2008 at $200 with 3G and GPS but no front-sided video camera. The specs for the iPhone had been well predicted, and, as we had warned, the evidence was weakest for the front-sided video camera.

From a spec perspective, both Engadget and Scott Mortiz of Fortune (and subsequently Cult of Mac/Kahney) accurately predicted a number of details about the new phone, including price point, flush headphone jack, case design and features. Their seemingly conflicting "thicker" vs. "thinner" case predictions could both be interpreted with some truth since the edges of the iPhone 3G are thinner but the center is negligably thicker.Fakes and Photos

iPhone case design leaks came frequently during this round of rumors, but it was the first iPhone case leak that turned out to be the most accurate. iPod Observer deserves credit for the first and most accurate case photo released.

Unfortunately, a large number of fake images were posted by a few over-eager blogs. With the increased attention surrounding Apple, sites have become quick to post even questionable photos, which comes at the cost of their future credibility.

Kevin Rose

Digg's Kevin Rose remains a wildcard with regard to Apple rumors. He was frequently the first to report on iPhone rumors during this round, and succesfully described the inclusion of GPS and a $200 price point for the new iPhone. However, he was also the first source for the video-conferencing rumor, which turned out to be inaccurate.

Import Records

One rumor that received a lot of attention came from ImportGenius, who claimed to have found international shipping notices documenting what was thought to be iPhone 3G shipments coming into the U.S. as early as March. As best we can tell, this intepretation was wrong. With a release date in July, it seems clear that the iPhone 3G ramp-up has only begun, as later reported by Barrons.

Snow Leopard

Both TUAW and Arstechnica provided accurate details about Mac OS X Snow Leopard, which was first announced at WWDC. Claims of a January 2009 release, however, were a bit ambitious.

Other Winners and Losers

XSKN, iDealChina: 3rd Party Cases - true
WeiPhone - More 3G iPhone Photos... Now in White - true
iPhoneClub.nl: More White 3G iPhone Photos - true
TUAW: .Mac Revamp - true
DaringFireball + MacRumors: Apple Buys Me.com - true

CNET: App Store to Launch at WWDC - false
MacScoop: No GPS in new iPhone - false
MacTalk.com.au: Australian Resellers Get Mysterious Boxes - hoax
Shaw Wu: Chance of Multi-touch Device at WWDC - false
Page 2: 3G iPhone Specs and Price - false
TUAW: Mac Fusion Developer Mac - false
CrunchGear: 3G iPhone with Video Chat - false

Looking Ahead

Some readers were disappointed by the focus on the iPhone during this year's WWDC, but few rumors had pinpointed any new Mac releases around this time. Intel is expected to launch the Montevina platform on July 14th, while the MacBook is expected to be revised in Q3 of this year (July-September). The fate of the Mac mini remains unknown, as it has not yet seen a revision, despite rumors of an impending update.

The most intriguing rumor remains the prediction that Apple will introduce a Mac tablet in the fall of this year.

The next major Apple event scheduled is Macworld San Francisco which takes place January 5th-9th, 2009. Apple, of course, may hold smaller media-only events in the interim.

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