Originally posted by applenut
No, I think they are getting their confidence, quirckiness, humor and friendliness back. It's a been a while and it's nice to see. It's what makes them great afterall.
I disagree. What makes Apple great is their ability to excel in design while providing good performance for computing tasks. I don't really care if the company that makes my computer is "confident, quirky, humorous or friendly" (ok, well, maybe friendly would be nice
I love Apple COMPUTERS - good value for money (IMO), good performance, great design, compatability, etc. The PowerBook is the sweetest laptop/notebook computer available. No, it doesn't have the greatest performance, and some would probably argue that it doesn't even have the greatest design, lowest weight, etc. But it's the combination of those factors that makes Apple's PowerBook so great. The same thing could be said about many Apple computer systems. The iMac G5 and even the G4 iMac and their innovation, etc.
But, right now, Apple has thrown most of its push into the iPod and becoming more "quirky and humorous." That's fine. BUT as a professional user, that's worrisome. What will Apple do once the iPod is in the hands of every single human being on the face of the planet? I personally feel as if my sector of Apple's production is stagnant and stalled. And that concerns me when considering future professional products from Apple.
2004 updates to professional products from Apple:
PowerMac = June.
PowerBook = April.
xServe = January.
2004 updates to iPod: 3! January, July and October (iPod Photo and U2).
Granted, the iPod is a LOT easier to update than the professional products, but it just seems a little tilted.
I'm done ranting now.
It's just frustrating to be a "professional" Apple user right now.