10 Things Steve Jobs Won't Announce at Apple's WWDC

 
 
By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2010-05-24 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

News Analysis: Steve Jobs will be taking the stage at the Worldwide Developers Conference. Although Apple has yet to say what its CEO will discuss, there are some things that he likely won't bring up.

Apple announced recently that Steve Jobs will be taking the stage at the company's Worldwide Developers Conference on June 7. Apple stopped short of announcing what he plans to discuss at the show, but that hasn't stopped the rumor mill from cooking up all kinds of ideas on what the Apple CEO might unveil. An iPhone 4G certainly seems likely, but will he talk about a Verizon iPhone? Will he finally allow Flash onto the platform? At this point, it's anyone's guess.

That said, there are some things that Jobs likely won't talk about during his address at WWDC in June. Trying to figure that out can be difficult. Apple is a notoriously secretive company that enjoys surprising the media and consumers. Regardless, it's worth a try. After all, he can't talk about everything, right?  

Here are some things that Steve Jobs probably won't be talking about when he takes the stage at WWDC.

1. Flash support

Now that Google has announced that it will support Flash in Android OS Version 2.2., the pressure of whether or not Flash should be coming to iPhone OS is back on Apple. But Steve Jobs doesn't care. He has said time and again that Flash just doesn't have a place on iPhone OS. For its part, Adobe has made the case that, since the vast majority of games and movies on the Web run Flash, the standard is a necessity in the iPhone. But Steve Jobs disagrees. He believes that Flash is a security hazard and something that he can eliminate by going with HTML 5.

2. Tethering

Using iPhone tethering as a means to connect a computer to the Internet has been desired by users for quite awhile now. And although AT&T has promised it, the company has yet to give the go-ahead. That likely won't change at WWDC. Unfortunately, AT&T has a real problem with users accessing its 3G network from a laptop through a phone. And considering how successful the iPhone has become, it's getting harder and harder for AT&T to take the leap and allow iPhone owners to start using the smartphone as a tethered modem. Don't expect to hear much on tethering at WWDC.

3. A Verizon iPhone

All the Apple talk recently has surrounded the possibility of an iPhone running on Verizon's network to hit store shelves this year. Although the possibility of it is certainly greater than it has been, it's doubtful that Steve Jobs will announce it at WWDC. So far, Apple has made its relationship with AT&T awfully tight. And recent reports suggest AT&T's exclusivity deal with Apple lasts through 2012. If that still stands, there's no chance that a Verizon iPhone will be made available anytime soon.

4. Multitasking on all iPhone models

When Steve Jobs announced iPhone OS 4.0, he said that multitasking will be making its way to the iPad and iPhone 3GS. Unfortunately, it won't be available to iPhone 3G or earlier models of the device. Since then, owners of the older devices have been (rightfully) upset by Apple's decision. They contend that they should be able to have multitasking like everyone else. For its part, Apple has said that it's trying to get those who own older devices to invest in new hardware. Plus, it can't be expected to support outdated models indefinitely. That doesn't sound like a company that's willing to bring the best features to every user.



 
 
 
 
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Submit a Comment

Loading Comments...

 
Manage your Newsletters: Login   Register My Newsletters























 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rocket Fuel