Wednesday, 10 September 2008

The truth behind Kevin Rose's sources - and other keynote washup bits

Well, Kevin Rose pretty much scooped the entire event, huh? Thus ensuring a new fickle following of Mac fanboys for Diggnation in the run up to future keynotes. The rumored October 14 Macbook event is likely to deliver a big spike in traffic for Revision 3's servers.

So where is Mr Digg getting his dirt? That's the question that Steve Jobs is presumably pondering right now. According to Rose himself, he has two sources - one that gave him the iPod nano photo, and the other that gave him iTunes 8 info. He seems much more concerned about protecting the latter source than the former. This, combined with Steve Job's aside that iPod accessory partners sometimes announce products earlier than he'd like, leads MacPredictions to conclude that one of Rose's sources works for an accessory manufacturer, whilst the other works for Apple. Both sources are clearly really good, so providing that Apple doesn't manage to silence them, Rose is the king of Apple rumors for the time being.

Upon reflect, I have to concede that Shaw Wu was on the money again, anticipating a somewhat disappointing keynote. Don't get me wrong - I think that the new Nano is awesome, but the truth is that even without Rose's leaks, there would have been few surprises at this event. Perhaps the most surprising thing was the numerous mentions of John Mayer, despite his recent high profile defection to Blackberry. But this was clearly all a parting gesture, since Jack Johnson is now Steve Job's number two crooner (Bob Dylan will surely always reign supreme).

MacPredictions did reasonably well. We clearly were off the mark with the whole Blu-Ray thing. Wishful thinking perhaps. But the last minute Nano mockups were on the money (albeit based on the Rose leak). We even guess right about the whole accelerometer shake-to-shuffle feature.


  1. Very interesting observations, but what a yawn the keynote event turned out to be. The iPod Touch 2 is amazing and is such a superior tool to the Nano and Classic models that, apart from cost, you'd have to wonder why anyone would want to buy any other iPod. Of course, the iPod touch is far more than a music machine. It a comprehensive entertainment tool and its interface makes the click-wheel device seem archaic. I just wonder whether this time next year the iPod Nano will need to morph into a Nano Touch? The Classic will surely die as SSD memory capacities go up in volume capacity and down in price?

    (What i'd be interested to see now is whether the MacBook line-up will morph into a single range with Pro being a designation for high end specs not a different case design. I'm expecting a line-up of three aluminum laptops all offered with the same range of low to high-end chips. Also the glass touch pad rumour won't go away. So what's up?)