Better is NOT Perfect

April 7, 2007

WWDC07 Early Prediction: The Return of the Cube

[NOTE: This post was originally published April 7, 2007 @ 15:18 on my personal blog. It has been moved here to consolidate all my Apple-Related rants in one place.]

WWDC is still nine weeks away… which means Rumor Season starts soon! The oldest rumor of all, The Return of the Newton, came semi-true at Macworld this year with the introduction of the iPhone, and took the Apple-branded Cell Phone Rumor along with it.

I think the Apple-branded Plasma Rumor might return, in an iPod Hi-Fi kinda way. But the big one will be: The Return of the Cube.

Steve Jobs can’t build a 32′ glass cube and not resurrect this rumor.

Rumors have legs of their own, with specs showing up quickly. It’s mostly wishlists with a dash of pragmatism. Here’s my stab:

It will have 1 CPU (available in 2-core or 4-core) and have one of its two expansion slots filled with the video card. They will not be the latest bleeding-edge type slots, so the Slashdot crowd will poo-poo it, and it will cost more than a 17″ iMac, so the Digg crowd will poo-poo it.

It will also have some weird esoteric Macism that doesn’t affect 99% of users, but the tech press will echo it endlessly, like a 4200RPM hard drive or an under-clocked GPU. A thermal image of it will show up on Flikr within 48 hours.

Oh, and it will sell like hotcakes.

The name of this new cube? The Macintosh.

What’s your prediction for the Rumor Mill? Will it be outragous, like The Nike+ Bicycle or The iCar, or is this the year of The Touch Tablet Rumor?

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