WWDC 2008 keynote bingo
Hot phone, cool Leopard.
This edition of WWDC keynote bingo presented some challenges. In the past, there’s been more than enough rumor and unfounded hype to fill the board. This year, the near certainty of the 3G iPhone combined with the absence of any remotely credible reports of other exciting announcements has made square selection a struggle.
The bigger problem (if you can call it that) is that, in the past decade or so, Apple has fulfilled almost every long-standing product fantasy. A modern OS, crazy new case designs, x86 CPUs, a set-top box, a hand-held video player, a phone, a Newton successor (n.b., “successor,” not “clone”), a sub-notebook…what’s left, really?
Well, there’s the xMac, I guess (don’t hold your breath). Then there’s the Mac tablet, though even that one’s lost some of its luster in a post-iPhone world. For OS nerds, there’s a new kernel, file system, and similarly esoteric stuff—hardly keynote-worthy. Then, of course, there’s the Amazing New Thing That No One Expects, but that doesn’t really help make bingo squares.
In the end, I found enough to cover the board by sticking to three themes: iPhone stuff (yes, “3G iPhone” gets a square), the next major release of Mac OS X, and the rumored .Mac changes. Still, I think we as a community need to come up with some new Apple-related pipe dreams.
Another problem was that my bingo board design idea didn’t lend itself very well to making an actual bingo board. It was more of a “poster idea,” really, so I’m offering it in both forms. You can download the usual bingo board, and you can also download the board background image as a separate file. Both are in PDF format, as usual, for easy printing. If you’re attending WWDC and you’d like to perhaps print out a few copies of the “poster” and surreptitiously pin them up around the conference corridors, you might fool a few of the iPhone-spawned WWDC newbies into mistaking them for some weird part of Apple’s official marketing materials.
Finally, as I’ve shown the card around I’ve been surprised at how few people get the reference. In case you’re not as irretrievably immersed in all things Apple as I apparently am (or if you’ve just blocked out all memories of Apple in 1990s), the poster design is a play on the infamous “Pray” cover from the June 1997 issue of Wired magazine. (It’s actually infamous, I swear! Wired even revisited it recently with its own follow-up story and cover homage.) Further analysis of the image is left as an exercise for the reader.
Anyway, to the downloads:
Hover your mouse over the image below to see the poster version.
Bingo card and poster created by John McCoy
(Mouse-over to see the poster version.)
For a refresher course on the rules, please read the inaugural WWDC bingo post from 2006. To learn why there’s only one card, see the MWSF 2007 bingo post. Remember that this game is about what happens during the keynote only. It doesn’t matter what Apple releases or announces through any other channels. The only thing that matters is what happens on that stage during the keynote.
The requirements for each square are listed below. Note well: for the purposes of this entire board, “Mac OS X 10.6” refers to the next major version of Mac OS X, whatever its version number or designation. Good luck!
3G iPhone - An iPhone with 3G wireless capabilities is announced.
ZFS - The ZFS file system is mentioned or appears on a slide.
New touch-screen product - A new Apple product with a touch-sensitive screen is announced. “New” means a new name or a new form factor. An iPod Touch with a significantly larger screen would count, for example.
Twitter - Twitter is mentioned or appears on a slide or in a software demonstration.
.Mac rebranded - The .Mac service gets a new name. To check this box, the .Mac brand name must be entirely replaced. It cannot live on alongside a new name.
iPhone colors - An iPhone is offered in two or more appearances. Yes, black, white, gray, etc. count as colors.
iPhone gets thinner - A new iPhone product that’s thinner than the existing iPhone is announced.
Mac OS X 10.6 != $129 - Mac OS X 10.6 will be available at some price other than $129. (Free counts.)
“One more thing…” - Steve Jobs says there’s “one more thing.” A slide containing the phrase is also acceptable, even if Jobs does not actually say it.
No new displays - No new Apple external display products are announced. (Rioting encouraged.)
64-bit Finder - The existence of a 64-bit version of the Finder is acknowledged, either directly or by implication.
Google - The word “Google” is spoken or appears on a slide.
Existence of Xserve acknowledged - The Xserve or Xserve RAID is mentioned by a presenter, listed on a slide, or even just appears in a photo, illustration, or screenshot. (Note that this square was not checked last time, preventing a bingo win.)
Mac OS X 10.6 is Intel-only - Apple announces that the next major revision of Mac OS X will not run on PowerPC Macs.
Resolution independence - Mac OS X’s resolution independence features are mentioned.
Sub-$300 iPhone - It is announced than an iPhone will be offered for less than $300. Subsidized phones count, but refurbished phones do not.
Mac OS X 10.6 timeline - Some sort of timeline is given for Mac OS X 10.6, even if it’s as vague as “2009”
Mac market share touted - Good news about the market share of Macintosh computers is presented.
“Boom” - Steve Jobs says the word “boom” while demonstrating something.
Scott Forstall - Scott Forstall appears on stage.
.Mac overhauled - The .Mac service is presented as being significantly revamped. (This is independent of any rebranding.)
New MacBook Pro - The MacBook Pro product line is revised in any way.
Mobile Me - The phrase “Mobile Me” is spoken or appears on a slide, with or without the space between words.
Native 3rd-party iPhone app demo - A demonstration of an iPhone OS application written by a third-party developer.
This article originally appeared at Ars Technica. It is reproduced here with permission.