All in all I'm pretty unimpressed by the entire presentation. I like a lot of what they showed, and I don't particularly dislike anything, but it's all just plain boring
. Chris Martin was far and away the best part of the show!
The Apple TV is obviously still a hobby. AirPlay might be good for an iWank when guests come over, but otherwise it's not really useful. I like the price tag, but I'm really left searching for something to be excited about... and then Steve tries to say one of the main requests for Apple TV was that is was to be smaller
. Really Steve? Really?
Seems like a pretty big coincidence to me
720p only, streaming rentals only, no games\\apps. Overall impression... snore.
New iPod touch? Every announcement could be responded to with "well duh". Same goes with iPad, although I will like the ability to print wireless (but seriously, can anyone get excited about the ability to print
? I didn't think so.)
New Nano and Shuffle... well they at least look
nice. Very Apple. To be fair there isn't much room to move in the Nano\\Shuffle market. Price\\battery life is more important than features and if they made they any smaller they would just be a pair of headphones!
Game Center sounds promising, but I wish they would have announced they were buying OpenFeint and Plus+ and rolling all OpenFeint and Plus+ games into Game Center. As it stands the gaming functionality will be very fragmented which defeats the entire purpose of a social gaming platform.
Ping == boring. Some kind of iTunes to Facebook integration would have at least been a little more exciting. It's basically impossible to completely live within the Apple eco-system to make the most out of their products as it stands... now all of your friends have to as well? I don't think so Steve. A Pandora-like Genius playlist generator would have been better.
The entire presentation just felt like foundation building for the "real" announcements that will come next year.