The new Apple announcements

It was WWDC day today, and new products were announced. Here’s my take:

Mac OS X: Indifferent. This was like, the 100th rewrite of Finder. It remains to be seen if Quicktime will be any faster with the new hardware acceleration. The $29 upgrade price was good though.

iPhone: I wanted a true 16:9 OLED screen at 4″ and 640×360 resolution. That would fit almost on the same size iPhone as the current ones (because of the 16:9 instead of 16:10). I also wanted a VGA video-call camera. Maybe next year.

Macbook Pros: I might opt for the new 13″. It was very interesting seeing Apple bringing back Firewire, as there was a huge bitching about the lack of Firewire by HDV prosumer and fw audio users for the last year’s model. The backlit keyboard is a very good addition too. However, compared to the other candidate for my next laptop, the MSI U200, it’s heavier, has a lower res, and it costs double the money. I haven’t decided yet for which of the two laptops I will be going for. I prefer a Macbook, but does it worth the extra $800? I am not so sure.

I wanted a new AppleTV too, one that can decode 1080p and allows for third party codec plugins.


Soundtweaker wrote on June 8th, 2009 at 7:16 PM PST:

WWDC ho hum. The Iphone just gets voice commands now?
Its been on Nokia phones for like 7 years.

The S stands for speed? Isnt every new model suppposed to get faster? This should be a requirement and not a feature.

At least Apple still keeping up with the deceptive lies.
Now they are starting with the childish jabs at Win7.
Typical Apple.

memson wrote on June 9th, 2009 at 1:38 AM PST:

Screen size will not change because it’ll screw up all the apps. I would presume that Apple gets more revenue through apps than movies on the iP[h|]o[ne|d Touch] platform at the moment.

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Eugenia wrote on June 9th, 2009 at 11:04 AM PST:

Oh, I know of these problems. But if Apple had designed their API correctly, with true resolution independence in mind, that wouldn’t have been a problem.

Brendan wrote on June 9th, 2009 at 11:47 AM PST:

I thought the big deal about Snow Leopard is Grand Central and the speed boost we are going to get in FCP.

I don’t know if you have access to a recent mac or not but I bought a mac book last year and now have a mac pro as well. I have been using windows for many years and this time last year if you told me that in a year I would be using a mac 99% of the time i would have laughed. Of course everyone has different uses / needs from their pc but I can’t recommend a mac enough.

I’d like a new iphone 3gs but the cost of upgrading in the uk is ridiculous! looks like i am going to miss out this generation of the iphone due to the exclusivity (and power) that Apple handed to O2 (way to go Apple!).

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Eugenia wrote on June 9th, 2009 at 11:53 AM PST:

I have been using Macs since 2001. I have a Powerbook and a PowerMac here, so it’s not something new to me. It’s just that I want the products I buy to be the way I want them.

Brandon wrote on June 11th, 2009 at 12:46 PM PST:

Can the new 13 inch macbook pro handle final cut studio? I know my macbook can’t.

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Eugenia wrote on June 11th, 2009 at 1:32 PM PST:

Should be able to, why not?

nutela wrote on June 14th, 2009 at 2:34 AM PST:

Hi Eugenia, nice to see critical views which make sense! The resolution independence is a good one, yeah Apple what’s up witch that?
My guys is they’ve grown so fast that they don’t have time for such daring features but I don’t know about OS X tech much although I guess they should be rather close….?


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