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The past few Apple events have resulted in many people griping openly about the Keynote Speeches. I’m not sure at what point everyone put their cranky pants on and decided that the Keynote had to hit an imaginary bar in order to give them happiness, but […]

The past few Apple events have resulted in many people griping openly about the Keynote Speeches. I’m not sure at what point everyone put their cranky pants on and decided that the Keynote had to hit an imaginary bar in order to give them happiness, but give it a break already!

Lack of Hardware Announcements
It’s the World Wide DEVELOPER Conference for crying out loud. If hardware was going to be mentioned, I’d bank on something that would be of use to the many coders in the crowd…Say a update to the Mac Pro, or along those lines. Just because during the Intel shift we got some hardware announcements at WWDC, doesn’t mean it’ll be the norm.

Leopard
This was the most bittersweet part for me personally. On the one hand, the majority of the 10 features we saw were things that have already been disclosed. Granted, we got more detail, but it wasn’t exactly news. On the other hand, we’ve got a nice new interface to the Desktop and Finder - the latter being a HUMONGOUS breath of fresh air. I don’t think it’ll exactly quell the Finder-haters, but it does appear to be a significant update, and that much is a good thing. Oh, and I definitely didn’t see the use of CoverFlow coming, and rather dig the idea.

iPhone
So it’s still on for June 29th. I don’t think people could be more excited about the launch of a product, so not much more could have come from this portion of the Keynote. Apple’s doing some work to make the iPhone programmable in the form of web 2.0 applications. I don’t know that that’s what the developer types wanted to hear, but it’s an interesting move. While not the great news that the entire phone would be open to 3rd parties, it’s at least a step in that direction.

Safari 3 beta – and Windows!
There was that jaw on the floor moment when Steve mentioned that they wanted to grow Safari’s market share beyond it’s current status. My mind went to war with itself and I couldn’t see him saying what he said next. But he did, and now I’m running the Safari 3 beta on my Dell/Windows machine at work. Interesting. Again, this may not have been the news people were hoping for, but Developer Conference! Hello! It’s software and this is the place it would most logically fall. And care about Safari on Windows or not, it was a pretty earth-shattering announcement – just because it wasn’t the kind you were looking for, doesn’t mean it didn’t happen.

So maybe the WWDC 2007 Keynote wasn’t all you built it up to be in your head these past few days/weeks/months. But it had it’s ‘ooooo’ and ‘aaaaah’ moments, we got plenty of eye candy, there was ‘one more thing’ and ‘one last thing’. It wasn’t on par with announcing the switch to Intel, but not all of them will be. I say get over it and enjoy it for what it is.

  1. because he made us wait from january to see what we’ve already seen

    He promised the world on a stick

    alot of stuff must have been cut, and moved to 10.6 pussy cat

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  2. Oh, I think there is sufficient reason to be at least a little… sad about it all.

    The eye-candy parts of Leopard were nice, but as you say – not a lot of shock. The fact so little new was disclosed was really frustrating, in particular .mac and iLife/iWork. However, I find the eye candy important. Despite what many say, that does have a very real impact on your work and how you work. I know one of the things I enjoy most about macs are the beauty of the environment, it feels better to be working in this than a crappy Windows one. And if I’m going to be sitting somewhere for 8 hrs, that goes a long way.

    As for Safari… pff. Honestly, it’s FAST but it doesn’t do much of anything else. Browsers are work horses nowadays… it may be nice to drive a corvette, but speed isn’t the only thing. I need some extensions and add-ons, I need something more robust then simple and fast. And I imagine most people on Windows who are looking for something beyond IE aren’t going to be charmed by Safari.

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  3. “He promised the world on a stick”

    When, exactly?

    People! You need to get over the idea of Apple being the entity designed to fullfil your broken childhood illusions and dreams! They are just a software and hardware company!

    I, for one, think Leopard is awesome, and everything that Apple showed us today exceeded my expectations, because I wasn’t expecting anything. I have better things to do with my life.

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  4. I thought it was a pretty good Keynote, and as a regular user I’m excited about Leopard. There’s going to be a lot of cool stuff to play with come October.

    As for Safari being “just fast”, I prefer my browsers to just be browsers. So long as they support the standards, I’d rather let the web developers add the functionality.

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  5. I just installed Safari. I could not see where one enters a web address( If its where I think it is, it did not work). I pressed a spider button and that locked my system up. I currently use Netscape 7.2 and Windows XP. Safari has not impressed me yet. I want it too.

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  6. Mail
    Rubbish, send and a email with a template to 90% of PC users and it will go straight into into their junk box never to seen again.
    And RSS is for RSS readers. NetNewsWire will never be beaten for RSS.
    And still got ugly icons

    iChat
    Rubbish, we live in a Microsoft Messenger world, until it can do all that with Microsoft Messenger every funky feature is a waist of time. Its like the dude who invent the phone. Very cool, but no good if no one else has one!

    Finder
    About time, much improved but still so much more could have been done.
    And will Quark docs have a lovely cover flow preview???????

    Desktop
    little improvement, how much stacks will get used in the real world work flow is doubtful. Its like dashboard i thinks, amazing concept but ends up not being used after a couple of weeks.

    Quick look
    Nice addition

    Time Machine
    Its won’t get used in any work of education environment and most people who have paid for a mac with a 150 GB harddrive with a £400 cheaper PC with identical spec sat beside it are not going to buy a external 150 GB harddrive to use Time Machine. it will go unused by 85% of users believe me.
    Great technology though.

    Space
    What waste of Space
    Its an icon for people who don’t use keyboard shorts who don’t use expose, who don’t use command tab, who don’t use command ` if started using spaces it would slow navigation workflow . Its good for simple people but.

    DVD Player
    Much improved, I like a lot

    Dashboard
    Improved Dashboard 2.0 what more can you say. It will still go unused by 70% of users.

    Bootcamp
    Parallels is still the daddy

    Safari
    Safari is Safari. I love it now and always will. Nice improvements, but Tab expose should been there.

    And Front Row
    One of main the reasons I updated my machine.
    Its amazing transition from the desktop to 4 beautiful icons is now gone and amazing circle navigation is now dead. Replaced by a cluttered Apple TV style menus. Very un Steve Jobs.

    So yes I’m disappointed.

    Hopefully Jobs has a secret team working in the basement creating the new revolution like 1983 with Macintosh team. Or maybe there is no Xerox parks any more for him to steal revolution from.

    Viva la Revolution

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  7. Ummm – we expect hardware because Apple has released hardware at WWDC before and is lagging in several hardware categories.

    -iPods – the current iPods are a joke compared to PMPs available from several vendors. Movies on a screen that small are horrible. After 2 years, a serious refresh is needed.

    -MacBooks – without a small laptop or ‘ultra portable’, Apple is getting its a$$ handed to them in markets like Japan. Nobody wants to lug a 5 lb MacBook around on the train when they can get a 3-4lb laptop from several vendors. If you don’t believe me – look at Apple’s sales in Japan – the world’s #2 or #3 consumer market.

    -MacMini – this line needs a refresh or repricing. Small, but too slow and too expensive for what you get.

    One gets the feeling that Apple put all of its eggs in the iPhone basket, and forgot about the people who actually use their current product lines.

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  8. So, I took a look at the new Safari for Windows. Heh. I realize it’s BETA and am praying that this is the reason they didn’t have the ability to size the window like other Windows apps. iTunes started out without the ability to size the window on all 4 sides and now it does. So let’s hope Apple just hadn’t had time to put that little feature in.

    Other than that. It’s going to be really hard for me to switch to any browser other than Firefox. I have really been sucked into Firefox with it’s Extensions. I use quite a few and really can’t do without them. It the biggest lacking feature of Safari. I don’t understand why they didn’t give folks the ability to add extensions to Safari.

    I installed it on my Mac Pro and got a bit of a fright. I rebooted (had to for some odd reason) and the machine didn’t reboot. I turned it off and back on and it still didn’t reboot. I turned it off, waited 10 seconds, then back on and it came up. I was just a tad bit nervous.

    Sure, it’s a small percentage faster, however, as others have said, I use the browser as a workhorse, not a sports-car.

    I guess we’ll have to see.

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  9. Anybody know if the new finder gets rid of one of my most hated misfeatures, .DS_Store?

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  10. Man, I strongly dislike cover flow.

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