Even less so they don't tend to innovate. Apple is just a guilty as anybody, as an owner of a 3G iPhone can attest. It is better to mis a dead line or subtract support than to place on the market half baked software.
What I'm saying is that iLife is far better off a working viable product than a bug ridden piece of crap.
As to the people buying AIRs the issue is much the same but here we are talking mechanical instead of the abstract of the software world. Even with the vast improvements to the models released today I'm still rather shocked at the configuration of the two models.
I had really expected Apple to shoot for even better battery life in the 11" model. The way to the wold have been something like AMD's Bobcat based Fusion. The 13" model is pretty much what I expected processor / GPU wise but I'm not thrilled about the regression in performance. However either model is a far better choice than the old models, for people that can accept the performance limitations, which where poorly conceived.
I tend to disagree with the thought that the products aren't interesting. They may not be for me, though I have an internal debate going on about that, but they are a far better choice for many people than the old models. What is interesting though is what they suggest might be coming in the more advanced Mac Book Pros and maybe even the Mini's. An instant on Mini would be just as desirable as an instant on Mac Book Pro.
You can choose not to get excited about today releases, that is up to you, but I for one am hopeful that they are a view into the future of Apple hardware.
Originally Posted by Prof. Peabody
Yeah, I'm not saying they aren't better than the old ones. It's just that they are only ever so slightly better than the old ones.
I know several people that bought the original MacBook Air and have suffered through the last two to three years with it, the breakages, (many lost their data several times), the poor performance, and a whole lot of insults from people who thought they were idiots for buying it. It just seems odd that at the end of all that, Apple is offering essentially the same device (admittedly with some fixes for the most egregious design flaws.) It makes you feel like you were just some kind of test dummy for Apple to have to go through all that, and that at the end of it all there is no reward.
I also find it kind of amusing how Apple can have a lack-lustre event like this and yet everyone is still admiring them as if they were gods, when in fact what they have delivered is rather mild and not that interesting.
Anyone notice how iDVD is still in iLife, iWeb has *not* been updated, and the mysterious "new app" didn't materialise? They basically missed the deadline I suppose, but no one ever criticises them for it. Presumably there will be blog posts about it tomorrow or next week when everyone runs out of wonderful gushy things to say about the new Air.