Originally Posted by lundy
Would you people please remember that not everything is mentioned in the keynote? I don't know where this assumption comes from, because almost every year the speed bumps and minor upgrades always come either in the last 2 weeks of January or in February.
That is all well and good but the problem is that the keynote sucked big time. There was little offered up hardware wise that people would take an interest in. As I see it the NAS is about it. People still see Apple as a hardware company and the concentration on software at any sort of keynote is a big mistake in my mind. Especially software that is hardly breathtaking in its coverage.
- There will never be iPod talk in January; those are updated before the holiday season. Even if there were a 16 GB update to the iPod, it isn't important enough for the keynote address. Time is limited.
Time - are you crazy they started 15 minutes late! Something, I don't know what, had this whole keynote all screwed up. Maybe they had real hardware, for real users, in the wings and found a last minute glitch or two. I really don't know but there certainly was not lack of time at this keynote.
As to the iPod Touch / IPhone let me put it bluntly, 8GB is not enough on an Apple Cell Phone. It does keep people from buying. The only good thing here is that I'm kinda hoping that they have something planned for the SDK debut. I just have to wonder if Apple will make its numbers for iPhone considering the current rate without enhancements to keep the average user happy.
I make sure I used the word average to as that is exactly what I see my self as. It doesn't take long to fill 8GB with little bit of music. a lot of pictures, and a few other files.
- Updates and speed bumps to the mini and the MacBook Pro, if any, will happen as a press release or not even mentioned at all. Steve spending time talking about Penryn is a waste. Processors always get faster. Not newsworthy. More RAM, bigger HD, different GPU, latest Intel processor. Yawn. iMacs are brand-new. Even if they get Penryn it is not something to announce at MacWorld.
I will simply disagree here as the above described updates are of greater interest than what was delivered in the keynote. By a long shot.
They had 3 new products - Apple TV, the NAS, and the MacBook Air, plus iTS video rentals and MS Office 2008. There is no time to talk about the MBP getting a Penryn processor. It will get it when it gets it.
The RDF must have a strong influence on you. Lets see the Apple TV gets a software update, not really new if you ask me. The NAS is new and frankly the only thing that deserved time at the keynote. Video rentals are again software and a rehash of previous technology. And finally we get the Vacuum, likely the greatest example of mass control of the human mind in history. A product of no substance that everybody goes goo goo gaga over.
All in all I'm not impressed at all with the keynote and my opinion is not singular. That is reflected in the trouncing the stock is taking right now. To bad for Apple share holders but wisely I'm not one of them. Hopefully they can pull a rabbit out of the hat soon.