Today was a travel day so please excuse the tardiness of this post. I just landed in Reno/Tahoe and checked in for a weekend of snowboarding before Expo.
Anyway, the weekend before Macworld Expo in San Francisco is typically when details about Apple's planned announcements begin to leak and today is no exception.
iLife and iWork '07 were mistakenly posted on Amazon.com earlier, albeit with zero details, so the proverbial cat is out of the bag on them. Although they aren't huge surprises, I'm sure that someone on the Amazon Web team is feeling the wrath of Steve about now.
One key iWork '07 detail that has emerged, courtesy of Think Secret, is that Apple plans to add a spreadsheet application to the iWork '07 suite:
the application, referred to internally as Lasso and expected to be titled Numbers or Charts, will offer more than 200 hundred functions and full support for importing and exporting Microsoft Excel documents.
Personally, I was hoping they'd call it "Sheets" but hey, that's me.
It also looks like Apple may be offering free lyrics for all your iTunes tracks courtesy of Gracenote:
Gracenote maintains the CDDB that enables iTunes to automatically look up song information when you insert a CD. Gracenote has completed licenses with all 5 major music publishers. Gracenote expects the first publicly-available lyric service to launch in early 2007.