Originally Posted by Lemon Bon Bon.
The Mac 'exclusion' is somewhat disappointing. But let's face it, 10.7 is probably some ways off if history is anything to go by. And when it crash lands, let's hope it's something special. But Snow Leopard is excellent. She'll keep for a few years yet.
And Mac sales are looking after themselves. They're smart, evolved designs that give the user the best 'whole widget' simple, elegant while powerful computer experience in the whole industry. Sure, it's been a while since we've had anything radical...or is it? The iPad is the most radical Mac yet. And it's far better value than the Mini! It even comes with its own screen and keyboard!
...Apple are betting the company on the iPhone 'OS' and the iPad. They don't want to make the same mistake as they did the last time re: 1984 and the Mac. They've got a chance to reach critical mass and stay there in the 3rd Great Age of Computing. It's highly likely that Steve is well aware of the 'Micrsoftonian' threat from Google's phone clone army. Ergo, developer support, pushing the iPhone OS and related hardware to the limits is the priority. And iPhone and iPad sales are nowhere near the zenith of sales either. They've yet to truly explode...and when they do, god knows where the Appel stock is going. Past M$ for a start, I guess.
To be honest. The Mac is old news. There's a computer paradigm shift going on...represented by Steve's new babies...iPhone and iPad. You can kinda see where things are going. The Mac gets to take a back seat? Or like the Lisa before it...has it evolved into something else?
Lemon Bon Bon.
At last, someone (else) with some clear vision!
It's obvious to me, too, that WWDC is the time and place to turn up the heat on promoting iPhone OS. It's a really golden opportunity which at least most of the attendees must recognize, as well.
I'm not concerned about the viability of Mac OS X, as evidenced by Snow Leopard and the rumored new Mac Pro's. That "spinning plate" will keep spinning nicely on its own for a while.
This is Apple's chance to cultivate its iPhone OS "garden" of developers which it needs, the choicest fruits from which will significantly fuel the adoption of iPhone OS products well in advance of any potential competition--hopefully in important areas of enterprise, corporate, government, education, etc.
I don't think there's any danger of Mac cannibalization, as iPhone OS products were designed to complement, not replace them. If anything, there will be even more of a halo effect from iPhone OS products to BOLSTER future Mac sales.
This kind of bold, industry-if-not-Earth-shattering strategical planning is possible ONLY with the inspired leadership of Steve Jobs. It takes an individual such as him with vision and drive and big brass cojones to pull it off and drive and direct a large company's concerted team efforts over the long term.
Long live Steve Jobs! Hip, hip, hooray!