So what did I think of the new announcements from Apple? Well I was pleased to see that my predictions of podcast support, both audio and video, in iLife ’06 were true. I also am very interested to give the new iWeb app a spin, but for me I am not so sure how useful I will find it. The first part of the Keynote moved terribly slowly. I was waiting in great anticipation for the “BIG” announcement. I can tell you that when Steve said new Intel Macs I was thrilled and then immediately crushed when he said they were new iMacs. No new features, just new processors. Didn’t they just put out new iMacs a few months ago? I think Apple is going to have some seriously pissed new iMac owners to deal with. Is this two revisions since May? Don’t get me wrong, Core Duo Intel based iMacs are a great thing, but I would have preferred a Mac Mini or better yet new Intel iBook. Of course at this point I knew it wasn’t over yet, since the fateful phrase we all know and love had not been uttered yet. And then it came…. “Oh, and one more thing”.
The MacBook Pro. YES. New Intel based Pro Mac laptops. SWEET! These things are seriously cool and have horsepower up the wazooo. Just check the specs page and you will see what I mean. I was getting a bit worried that this MacWorld was not going to live up to the hype and it almost didn’t. Now I only wish I had an extra $3,500 bucks lying around. Apple is ready to go with a new Intel native OS X update (10.4.4) and all iLife offerings in Universal Binaries. The Pro apps are getting updates soon and you can get a DVD with all the updates for $49.00 USD. Adobe and Microsoft say their updates are on the way and Steve claims the Rosetta performance on the new machines is “great”. I wonder if what he considers “great” is the same as what I consider “great”? I’ll let you know when I get may hands on a real system at the Apple Store.
Overall I would say this is nat as big a MacWorld as I thought it would be. I am still disappointed we didn’t see a Mac PVR system and the iWork ’06 update is pretty much a nothing update if you ask me. I know I won’t be upgrading. Personally iLife ’06 is the biggest news in my world. I can’t wait to try the new Podcasting features. I will try to get a post-MacWorld cast up soon. Stay subscribed.
Mac Geek out.