I took a handful of pictures at Macworld, so to wrap up the topic for this year here’s a link to them.
My final thought about the event is that it was a big sack of fun to be there, but I’m not all psyched up about the “big” announcements. I shall further express my lack of psyching in list form:
iPhone: Customizable home page, great! How about opening that sucker up to third party non web-based apps? The simulated GPS locater is also nice, but why can the phone triangulate my position on the Earth but still not sync notes or cut and paste text? That had to be higher on the complaint list than, “Why can’t I stick a pin anywhere I want.”
iPod Touch: Don’t care.
Apple TV: This actually intrigued me. I like the new UI and went out and bought one today at the reduced price. The prospect of renting films finally made this device useful to me. I’m sure I’ll write more about it later.
Time Machine: Wireless router/hard drive? Veeeerrrry clever. I’d like to use one before I judge it, but I like the idea of it. Though with the recurring wireless theme Apple pushed this year, their slogan of “There’s something in the air” seemed a little on the nose ESPECIALLY with the next announcement…
Macbook Air: I’m going to wait at least a year before I consider this one. Yes, the base price is $1799 if you want the HDD model but it jumps to $3000 if you want SDD, which I would. The 64G capacity just isn’t enough to justify the price in my mind ESPECIALLY when you consider that the OS takes up around 23 of those Gigs, not to mention the lack of an optical drive. I do see computing moving away from the CD, or “Caveman Disc,” but not just yet. The Air is a strong move toward the future of computing but I feel like it’s just a tad soon. When SDD prices fall and capacities go up, I’ll plunk down my money—maybe all in nickels because I like the idea of paying for something with a bag.