Apple CEO Steve Jobs will deliver his Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) keynote speech in San Francisco next Monday 7 August 2006, and analysts are beginning to place their bets.

American Technology Research analyst Shaw Wu offered clients his predictions for what Apple's boss will reveal in a keynote Wu believes will be focused on the Mac.

Wu expects Jobs to unveil Apple's new Power Mac-replacing Intel-powered Mac, likely to be called the Mac Pro. "We view this as important as many of its professional and high-end consumers have been waiting for a high-end expandable Intel Mac," he wrote.

The analyst also thinks there's a 70 per cent chance that at least one existing Mac model could see speed bumps to the latest Core 2 Duo processors.

"While we would like to see Apple refresh its iPods sooner than later, we continue to believe the probability is low that new iPods will be announced at this event. We continue to see late September-October as more likely," writes Wu.

American Technology Research rates Apple shares as a 'Buy' with a $75 price target.