wwdc 2007 review

June 12th, 2007

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So the Big Nerd Apple Event has come and gone (and Tony might have/or might not have got wacked) and we’re all left with so many questions:

  1. Why no iPhone SDK? The mainstream press is buying Steve’s (deft!) spin that “Web 2.0 is the SDK,” but developers aren’t. And wasn’t Stevarino just saying a week ago that “custom client app + the internet computing cloud = The Future”?

    I just picked up a Nokia N800 and as you may have read I’ve had a lot of fun grafting linux apps onto the thing; more on that later, but compared to gee-whiz nerd-factor of compiling a BitTorrent client on a handheld flash device, playing with that Maps widget on the iPhone is going to get old really fast. (Portable Google Maps is probably going to be more useful, however.)

  2. I like John Gruber’s take on Safari for Windows — “it’s all about the Google referrals” — and I am vaguely happy it’s existing. Safari 3 for Mac OS X is certainly nice and fast, and works with Google Docs (yay!). But again, I just wish it were extensible like Firefox, because right now Safari on Windows’ primary function and differentiation is to… what? Show how smooth and dark Mac OS X font rendering can be? Don’t get me wrong — I’m happy it exists. But I’m confused as to why it exists.
  3. No .Mac upgrade? It shambles on like a zombie. Shoot it in the head!
  4. Leopard’s big seekrit feature: CoverFlow? Yeah, I guess. I don’t use it in iTunes and I don’t expect I’ll use it to flip through all 15 of my PDFs. I was really hoping for a more extensive virtualization implementation; most of the Mac users I know are bonkers for Parallels, so if Apple was going to snap up anything, I’d sure rather it have been Parallels than CoverFlow. No offense to the hard-working CoverFlow devs.
  5. Leopard’s second biggest seekrit feature: Dock Stacks? Yeah, nifty demo, but better than folders… how?
  6. No iMacs? No iPod? No hardware at all? C’mon. In that case, they should have at least held off on the LED Mac Book Pros (which are kind of underwhelming in their own right).

All in all, a disappointment, and the stock reflects that (a little). I know Apple’s hot on that whole “skating to where the puck is going to be” thing, but I just don’t see the puck at all on some of these.

~Jeff

7 Responses to “wwdc 2007 review”

  1. cubeXpert says:

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  2. Joshua says:

    Steve wants to make sure that the iPhone makes the right splash, I think.

    But seriously, for the reasons Jeff outlines in the article above this, it’s amazingly *not for me*.

    Oh, Tog, where are you?

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