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The iPhone is what I call “Latte Tech”.
In all honesty the iPhone (Newton 2.0) is really just a mobile secretary and penny arcade in the end.
There is only so much you can do or will be willing to do on a small limited handheld device. This may be nice sitting in a coffee shop or riding mass transit but is it truly Apple’s Idea of their Flagship?
The MBA was a great idea but implemented poorly. One USB 2.0 port and a Wireless card? They should have gone for adding a FW and Ethernet port.
Blue Ray Support? The jury is still out at Apple on whether Blue Ray will become a supported build to order Option.
iPhone still does NOT support Flash. Jobs did NOT want a mobile flash or “Flash lite” for the iPhone and has been pushing Adobe to Create a unique robust flash application for the iPhone.
Still hasn’t happened and is a big drawback for users surfing the web on an iPhone.
Pricing inconstancies with the iPod Touch and the iPhone 3G. When or will that even be addressed?
What about Carbon? Carbon64 was dropped and has caused a major ripple with Apple Users who use Adobe Products.
Mac users are mad as hell that PC Users will have 64BIt Photoshop in CS4 but the Mac Version will only be 32bit and will remain 32bit maybe until CS6!
Adobe is going to have to rewrite Creative Suite in Cocca instead of Carbon and is reluctant to implement this in a timely manner (they are estimating a few years)
Big question is does SNow Leopard support Carbon APIs at all, limited, or like Leopard? This is a huge question because many of the “Big” apps written for Mac are still in Carbon and could either cause delays or troublesome times with patches, updates and incompatibles.
These are just some of the reasons why the keynote left me disappointed.
It is a DEVELOPERS conference and many of these questions are ones developers have been asking for a LONG time and instead of going over a spectrum of questions about hardware and software they over 20 minutes showing off penny arcade games for the iphone. (groan)
I find it quite ironic that “gaming” on the iPhone is being touted yet gaming on OSX and on all other Apple Hardware is a joke.
Ahh well. Fashion and trend.
I think Apple’s next product will be the Digital Coffee Cup. WHile you drink your goats milk, no-carb, high-protein, ant-acid, power bar crunchie, hershey sprinkled, honey-mint graham cracker, cheese curd, moccha-mocchoa-latte-expresso you will be able to have a voice (inside the cup) read you your email, tell you how many users have checked your Face-Book account since the last sip, look for a hair salon, get play by play replay of the local high school dodge ball game and get directions to the nearest Wal-Mart Tailor. All the while you can be jamming out to the newest trendy cover of a cover of a cover remake through bBose speakers in the handle of the cup. The gps locator will give you step by step directions to every single place you can walk to in your Nike+iPhone sneakers.
And of course all of this will be tied into the subscription service “TrendyMe” (formerly known as iTools, aka, .Mac, aka, MobileMe) so you can get a play by play of your whole day and publish this all on facebook with a tally of everything you bought so in good emulation everyone on your friends list can follow your footsteps and purchase the same exact stuff increasing the trendiness and fashion and becoming perfect mtv wannabe atuomatons for the corporate fashion world.
Oh and the iMug will be able to play Tetris as you take a sip you just wiggle your nose to move the pieces.
The iphone is nice. WHat it does it does very well BUT what it does is the same thing all the other devices have been doing for awhile. iPHone is just doing it in a better GUI way.
Push services Apple should have had years ago, the same with Exchange compatibility.
In the end the “news” from the keynote in summary was
the iPhone 3G is now as fast as the other “smart phones”
the iPhone 3G has a GPS locater in it now like most other “smart phones” already had
the iPhone 3G now supports Enterprise technologies (ie exchange) like all the other “smart phones” already did.
In other words. The iPhone has now caught up to the technology that has already been available for over 2 years that most other smart phones have already been using.
A whole keynote and the main focus of the WWDC is summed up as
“Apple finally caught up with their competitors in the smart phone business.”
I really hope Steve doesn’t get too focused on the iPhone like he did the LISA.