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Steve, listen to a guy who teaches people iLife one on one everyday. Please take this year off and think hard about the iLife suite. I’ll forgo the year in exchange for a free downloaded update for more features/fixes to ’06. Here is why: 10.5. 10.5 […]

Steve, listen to a guy who teaches people iLife one on one everyday. Please take this year off and think hard about the iLife suite. I’ll forgo the year in exchange for a free downloaded update for more features/fixes to ’06.

Here is why:
10.5. 10.5 presumably is the middle child in a series of fine operating systems. Vista is coming out soon, and it’s a good chance Microsoft is going to push it’s hardware partners to promote it. A product Microsoft has put close to a decade into developing isn’t something they will not pay attention too.
Right now there is an edge into gaining some ground; Boot Camp and Intel help a lot, as well as the attention put into the Mac software up to this point(not just Apple there…). Perhaps but hard to prove, is the few million iPods sold over the last couple of years giving a bit of a boost in sales.

iLife ’06 is great in many aspects. As Thurrott said, unmatched in the PC world is iLife ’06. Apple could do us a favor and take this year off to work on just catching up to what this thing can do for us. Honestly, many .Mac members are not using the full capability of the service and I think a year of rest would help them find out just how convienient and fun it is to use.

We expect you to put out ’07 in six or eight months, and it will have iWeb 2 and more bling bling than Snoop D-O-Dubble-Guhzizzle. So do what is unexpected, give us a break on the upgrades! I would rather see Apple extend things than see iLife ’07. Where can you go on the web and get free or low cost themes for the iLife apps? People look to Apple for these, and are let down when they find that what the package comes with is all Apple provides. Why not create a portal on apple.com that hosts additional things for iLife such as themes, loops, and graphics?

  1. Steven Teskey Saturday, June 3, 2006

    I totally agree, it’s not cool to have to upgrade every year, just so we can get a couple new features and a shiny new box. I’m tired of having to throw my hard earned dollars away like they’re out of style. Hopefully apple will take this to heart (doubt it) and extend updates for a long while.

  2. Michael Collins Saturday, June 3, 2006

    iLife ’06 won’t have a very nice ring to it when Apple’s trying to sell new machines in 2007. Especially once we get into the ’07 holiday shopping season. Jobs realizes this. Until Apple stops naming iLife by the year, expect to see yearly updates.

  3. Michael: Good point.

  4. I’ll consider it.

  5. Here is the deal… Ilife is relatively cheap for what you get. Most companies charge you much more for similar capabilities but only come out every 3 years. Apple charges you roughly 1/3 or less of what it would cost you for those applications on a PC but they charge you that every year. I think it is a great idea.. Wish I could buy photoshop for that price and pay a yearly small amount vs. one large sum and no updates for 3 years. I kinda like getting new things yearly… Makes it fun. Go Apple!

  6. Nobody is forcing anyone to upgrade anything. When Apple comes out with iLife ’07, your version of ’06 will continue to work.

    Maybe you need some time off from upgrading. That is an okay choice and one that many will do.

    As for Vista and its partners, I wouldn’t worry about it. It will only get closer to equaling features we OS X users have had for quite a while now but in the ease of use of the Mac.

    Leopard a middle child? I wouldn’t bet on it. And you watch. I don’t think Apple is hiding in the bushes waiting to see what Vista will do. They will bring it straight on.

  7. Julian Bennett Holmes Saturday, June 3, 2006

    I totally agree with nerradv.

    If you feel like you’re thowing away your money each year, don’t buy it!

  8. I’m currently using iLife’05, and I’m not planning on upgrading until ’07 is released.My plan is to upgrade every other year.

  9. Steve don’t even consider this request. There is a lot more yo can do to iLife, so keep it up. In fact, merge iWork and iLife together and add an iLife manager, along the lines of iTunes, release an iNumbers and iData as a Pro package. No point maintaining all these different SKUs.

  10. You don’t have to upgrade.

    If you like working with iLife 2006, keep using it. It also is already Universal so you can upgrade to an IntelMac and still use iLife 2006 at full speed.

    I, myself, want Apple to continue upgrading iLife. This brings in more features and usibility and power such that iLife gets closer in usefulness to the professional applications. I find that highly desireable.

    What gets to you is the “2006” label.

    Whenever someone uses a year in the label of their product, consumers feel psychological pressure to upgrade when a new year come out.

    It’s all psychological.

    You’ll still be able to use iLife 2006 in 2010 – if you keep your computer that long.

    I still have a 2001 Titanium Powerbook G4 running Mac OS 9, running 24/7, rarely crashing. It goes on and on and on. (The only thing that crashes it is if I use Microsoft’s Internet Explorer).

    Wouldn’t it be surprising to know that Windows XP is actually Windows 2003? It’s been the same now for the past 3-4 years! Talk about lack of an upgrade!

    If you want to stand pat with your version of iLife, do so.

    I, myself, want upgrades and more upgrades. Yeah! Looking forward to 2007! Make it snappy, Apple!

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