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the latest and greatest

the latest and greatest

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Over the last couple of weeks, Apple has hosted a couple of events to announce their latest and greatest. Here's my rundown, just in case you haven't heard/read/watched enough commentary on this.

Video iPods: They don't do anything for me, but I didn't expect them to. I'd really been hoping that they would increase the size of the hard drive. I'm disappointed that they dropped firewire support. I'm concerned about the screens; will they scratch as easily as iPod Nano screens reportedly do? I do agree that the slightly larger screen looks nice, but I'm not [currently] interested in watching video content on such a small screen. Maybe it's that I'm not interested in any of the television shows that I could download. If they get The West Wing, though, I'll pay my two bucks per week to get that. I don't own a television, so I have to get my TWW fix elsewhere. I'd be happy to pay for it so that I could watch it at home on my server.

Updated iMacs: The speed bumps aren't unexpected. I dislike the idea of a built-in iSight because it doesn't seem like it's very customisable. It's good for video chatting (as supported in iChat AV, amongst other applications), but little else. But maybe that's all people are using their webcams for, so maybe it's a good idea.

FrontRow: Now this is interesting. I have an inelegant solution kludged together so that my server (running Gentoo Linux) is my primary media playback device. I've been considering replacing my server with a Mac Mini, and if this piece of software were available for it, I switch in a heartbeat. It should be possible for folks to completely replace their television with a computer and a nice monitor. Apple seems to be dipping their toes into this area. As a start, this isn't a bad idea -- it's a good way to get both a second television and a reasonably powerful computer. I can see this being pretty popular with students.

PhotoBooth: Cute little piece of functionality, but nothing earth-shattering. It's a logical extension of having a built-in webcam. I think that Apple should offer this as a free download for any iSight.

Updated PowerMacs: I think that this is the last gasp of the G5 (at least, from Apple). There's a lot going on in this upgrade: dual-core processors, vastly improved video cards, PCI Express. But why should someone buy this if Apple is months away from moving to the MacTel?

Updated PowerBooks: And this seems like the last gasp of the G4. I've had the chance to see these, and they look nice. This is an upgrade that I can justify buying pre-MacTel. I'm actually considering one. I'd love to have the extra battery life. The brighter screen looks much better. I've wondered for years why PBs don't have higher screen resolution, so it's good to see that they've finally upgraded to that. Now the PB can run a 30-inch Apple Cinema Display. At work, I almost never touch my desktop; I haven't owned a real desktop at home in seven or eight years. I'm seriously considering buying one of these, since my personal PB is pretty old and in need of an upgrade.

Aperture: Apple says that it's not a competitor to Photoshop, so I'm honestly not sure how this fits into the market -- especially with a $499 price tag. Apple says that it's about workflow, whereas Photoshop is about compositing. There's little known about this now, so I really don't have that many thoughts about it. Adobe has to consider this as a shot across their bow.

In summary ... If my current iPod died, I might buy one of the video iPods. I might buy one anyway, since my old iPod only (only!) holds 20 GB, and I would like to be able to carry around more of my music collection with me. The new PowerBooks are attractive, but I'm not sure if I can justify the expense. My old PB is perfectly functional, I just am seriously coveting a new machine.

  • Photobooth:
    >I think that Apple should offer this as a free download for any iSight.

    There is a KB article that implies that the application should work with all Mac (and potentially other webcams too). If only I had one of the new iMacs around here..... :-\

  • > Does that mean that the folks at MacBU ...

    Nope, it doesn't mean that at all. I was unclear in my comparison, and (now that I think about it some more) I don't think that it's a great comparison anyway.

    It means that Apple is moving into a similar space, but that doesn't necessarily mean that it's competition. It's possible to coexist in a space without directly competing. Adobe certainly has been doing this kind of thing within their own product line for years; Photoshop isn't the only offering within their line-up that allows you to manipulate digital images.

    I wonder if Apple is trying to make a move into Adobe's space. With such a high price tag, I don't think that they're after the consumer market. But maybe there's an unmet need in the professional market, and Aperture can work in concert with the Adobe line-up. I really don't know.
  • TV shows on iPods == 30% bump in standard viewership?
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