I published my WWDC 2012 Keynote Predictions a few days ago, lets see how well I did:
- Sales: [0/1] Instead of the boring “we sold a lot”, they went emotional, “we helped a lot”. Nice, but not worth the 10 minutes as it made them hurry the laptop announcements.
- Hardware updates [2/4]
- No Mac Pro updates (Correction, they did bump the Mac Pro, just silently, but not to the new E5 CPU’s)
- Lovely Macbook Pro updates
- Lovely Air updates
- And the new Retina Macbook Pro (I was so wrong there)
- OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion: [3/3] As expected, we got a release date, no radical new features (except dictation and power nap), and we did get Facebook.
- iOS 6: [¾] Beta, check, new maps, check, updated Siri, check. Did not expect the nice updates to the phone app and the new passbook app, but these do seem incremental.
- iCloud: [½] Expected more features and got them, shared photostream and cloud tabs stand out. But not all of MobileMe has been replaced.
- Apple TV: [1/1] No mention, as expected
- Apple applications: [2/3] Expected iCloud updates for iLife and iWork (actually was expecting new versions, but the updates are OK). Did not expect any Pro updates like Aperture.
- Steve Jobs: [0/1] No mention
- No “one more thing”: [1/1] Check
And on the meta:
- Liveblogs: [0/1] Expected failure, they worked great.
- Missing magical features: [1/1] Check, lots of complaints about no retina on the Air, no iPhones (duh!), no Siri SDK, no Apple TV.
- Share Price Drops: [1/1] Check
- Not as good as a Stevenote: [0/1] Crickets, phew, glad to be wrong about that one.
So all in all, out of a possible 24 points, I got 15 right. Pretty average for a set of uninformed keynote predictions.
The winning announcements:
- The new retina MacBook Pro, I want one.
- Retina versions of Photoshop and Aperture, just wow
- Mountain Lion next month
- iOS 6 maps look just lovely