If my sources are right, this new Keynote will be almost completely rewritten from the one we saw Steve debut just last year. Of course higher performance is expected to be demonstrated in this Keynote, plus the usual new transitions and flashier graphics. Nobody is talking about the biggest changes in this Keynote, but rumors abound of a possible iPhone tie-in, and even the new video iPod may be integrated into this new Keynote.
I asked if this is from the standard Keynote team, and my sources indicated that the core team is involved, but that Steve is pulling in people from "every part" of the company to assist, and to make sure that this Keynote helps show off the broadest range of Apple technologies possible.
In a new twist, when I asked whether this new Keynote would be given a standard version number or referred to by year, my source indicated that this would definitely be called Keynote 2007 -- he seemed surprised by the question, in fact. But then he indicated that he expected ANOTHER new Keynote before the end of the year! Apparently Steve is aiming to have a different Keynote for every major event he goes to this year, and he's told his team to work night and day to make sure there's always something new to show off in each one.
Others close to Steve have apparently tried to convince him that with Apple coming out with so many amazing new products this year, the impressiveness of this new Keynote itself won't matter much in the grander scheme, but Steve is still obsessed with making sure every detail is perfect. Apparently Steve was heard to say, "Look, it's me standing up there on stage, and I'm sure as hell not going to give my customers the same damn Keynote I gave them last year! We need new stuff to show them! This is a company-wide priority!"
Finally, it appears this version will EXCLUSIVELY be available over the web... when asked about it, my source indicated that MacWorld atttendees would get this new Keynote "for free" (actually, he said its price had already been put into the cost of their tickets, which I think is pretty sneaky), but that his feeling was that "only the most extreme Apple geeks would actually, say, go into an Apple Store and want to buy a copy of this Keynote." I can't say I agree! Every Keynote Steve has given us so far has been really great, and I expect this one to be no different.