Monday is the big day in the life of Apple users, as the Apple Worldwide Developers’ Conference kicks off with a keynote address from Philip Schiller, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Product Marketing. Apple has gone on the record saying that the conference will center on the new iPhone OS 3.0 software and the new operating system Mac OS X Snow Leopard, both of which are expected to be released later this year. Rumors have been circling around this conference for the better part of three months regarding the announcements of two new iPhones, but if that’s the case, Apple is holding their cards pretty close to their vest. Until then, let’s take a look at the news and rumors for this week.
More iPhones OS 3.0 Information Potentially Leaked
BusinessWeek has a report that Apple will include a feature in the new operating system for the iPhone that allows a person to share applications. The idea is that a person can recommend an application to a friend, who can look at it and buy if they so choose. It’s a form of word-of-mouth marketing for an already thriving App Store.
Snow Leopard Release Details
The status of Apple’s Mac OS X Snow Leopard operating system has been in limbo in the rumor mill since all of the attention has gone to the iPhone. However, there are reports that the release date of Snow Leopard might be in September of 2009, which is about three months past the date Apple had originally targeted.
WSOP Satellites Dominate Mac Poker Rooms
For online poker rooms that offer Mac compatible software, the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event is all the rage at the promotion office. Sites are offering satellite tournaments ranging from high buy-ins ($650 qualifiers) to freerolls that offer an attractive prize package that includes accommodations in Las Vegas and entry into the $10,000 buy-in WSOP Main Event.
PokerStars has an extensive WSOP satellite system that has, to date, awarded over 1,000 players on the site a $12,000 prize package to the WSOP Main Event.
Not to be outdone, Full Tilt Poker is running regular super satellite events to qualify into a variety of direct satellite tournaments for a similar prize package. On top of winning the prize package, Full Tilt Poker is offering $10 million for a player who qualifies for the Main Event through the site and goes on to win it all. There is also the 100 Seat Giveaway promotion that will award 100 free seats to the Main Event via freeroll tournaments.