A New iPhone Means New APIs

Gene Munster:

As indicated in today’s press release, we believe Apple will focus on the new version of Mac OS X, Snow Leopard at WWDC. While some investors may be expecting Apple to launch redesigned iPhones at WWDC, we do not anticipate the launch in early June. Rather, we expect Apple to host a special event in late June or early July to launch a family of iPhones.

That’d be goofy. Last year’s iPhone 3G was announced at WWDC in early June, so why wouldn’t this year’s? Plus, if there are any new hardware features — like say a video camera or magnetometer — that means new APIs, and if Apple wants to have WWDC sessions for the new hardware-specific APIs, they have to announce the hardware first.

Munster is an analyst for Piper Jaffray who is supposedly an expert regarding Apple. But he’s such an ignoramus that he isn’t even expecting a new iPhone to be announced at WWDC — probably the easiest and most obvious Apple prediction of the year.

Wednesday, 13 May 2009