MacWorld thoughts (aside of the ‘I wish I was there thought’)

Obviously the iPhone (I dub thee, MacBerry) is on everyone’s mind right now. Mine too. My thoughts are here.

I’ll be buying one, well two. My wife needs a more than phone device as well and this one having push IMAP from Yahoo is 100% what we need since her whole life is in Y! mail and calendar.

AppleTV was a disappointment to me. I’m a TiVo owner. I’ve been working on convincing my wife that an Apple based media center type set up would be great, the only caveat is that it has to have TiVo like capabilities… When I first of the iTV, I thought it would answer my prayers… It didn’t, by a long shot.

It doesn’t have DVR capabilities. No DVD Player (blue Ray, HD, or even old skool). From what I gathered at the keynote and looking at the specs all the AppleTV is, is a middleman to let you watch iTunes Store purchased stuff on your TV. I don’t want to purchase content on iTunes. I have lots of DVDs and there is still some good content on the TV airwaves, I want that. I know (from the numbers at the keynote) that lots of people are buying their TV and movies from iTunes, that ain’t me, so AppleTV isn’t gonna grace my living room any time soon, much to my disappointment.


Other news… well it wasn’t announced at the keynote but Apple is going 802.11n. They released a new Airport station, with N, and have admitted that many machines came with N capable cards. I haven’t figured out 100% if pre Core 2 Duo MacBook Pros are in that category or not.

A fairly big one; Apple Computer, Inc is gone, dead, no more. Apple, Inc rises from those ashes. Not surprising as they’re really pushing for consumer electronics as much or more than they are pushing computers. Phones, TV doo-dads, DAPs (that’s the iPod).

What wasn’t talked about:


  • iWork ’07 (which even Amazon had on their page for a minute or two) They’ve got the spreadsheet app to release, and frankly Pages needs some more features, cuz I’d love to use it if it held even a candle to Word (blech)
  • Leopard previews (which I’m glad for since I hate seeing what will be available and then having to wait. Time Machine, Spaces… I want that now! so I’m glad I didn’t get to see more things I have to wait for in my OS.
  • .Mac changes. Mostly just rumored, but come on Apple… 100 bones for a gig of space that you have to share with your email… really.


By John Wilker

I'm a science fiction writer and conference organizer. In 2017 I published my first book, 'Space Rogues', a fun Sci-Fi adventure with a fun cast of characters. I'm also the co-founder of 360|Conferences, a conference and event logistics consulting company.

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