This morning, while working on other things, I watched the Quicktime playback of the WWDC keynote.
Wow, look up “underwhelmed” in the dictionary, and I think you would have seen the Leopard Mail demo. All those developers were really excited that they could use stationery to add flowers and pictures to their outgoing emails. I could tell. They were just showing it on the inside. Same with “notes.” Like I always say, if it’s one thing those geeks want…it’s eye candy.
The MacPro looks amazing. I’m relieved that I’m not in “buy now” mode, though. Two days ago you could get an Apple pro desktop from Apple for under $2K. Now the default is $2,400 and the best you can do is strip it down to $2,174 by going for a smaller hard drive and slightly slower processor. Talk about all or nothing. I certainly didn’t appreciate the comparison to similarly decked PC. That’s not the point, people. You are not going to convince me to buy a BMW or Mercedes by pricing out a Porsche with the same features. At that point, to that customer, price isn’t the issue. If my budget for a desktop is under $2K, as it is for many except hard-core gamers, eliminating options is not good. Your economy car doesn’t necessarily have to be comfortable, it just has to be there if you have less than 5% market share and that bothers you. If you’re willing to say, “hey, we’re Porsche and we don’t care what Toyota is doing” that’s another story. Pick your angle and stick with it…can’t play both sides.
Leopard does look cool. I hope my G5 has enough juice to run it when it comes out. I like the screen sharing in iChat. Time Machine looks great (how much compression? How big an external drive will I need to back up data plus endless revisions?) Mail 3.0? ::yawn:: The world uses Outlook. That isn’t going to change any time soon. Talk to me about how I will be able to exist seamlessly in that world and still play with the froo-froo frills. Until then, wake me when it’s something worth talking about.
It’s nice to be able to go to the Apple home page again. I’ve been avoiding it (going directly to apple.com/support when needed) because of those annoying commercials set to auto-play on the front page. Note to Apple: Let me drool over Leopard and MacPro in peace and quiet…I really don’t need to announce to the office (or house) that’s what I’m doing, okay?