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Apple ~ Coding Headstarts and Macworld 2008

Apple news and rumor sites are humming along on all cylinders; what to make of it all? Looking back over the months since the launch of the iPhone what stands out is that not only did they bring new technology to the market but also weathered more than a few storms on the legal frontier. Hopefully they are learning how to choose their battles, while not losing their heads in the clouds of big corporation group think. On the other hand the media who watch Apple rarely report the goings on at 1 Infinite loop in pure journalistic fashion. There is always the need to evaluate that news in light of the bigger picture. In the end it is wise to draw your own conclusions since it’s all pretty subjective anyway.

Apple has sent out a flurry of emails urging their developers to jump on the bandwagon and get the newest round of coding headstarts which points to the steady flow of new concepts and paradigms coming from Mac OSX Leopard. Multi-touch displays, sub notebooks and possibly more portable devices are all being tossed about but time will tell how much of it will see the light of day. My own take is that Apple is mostly evolutionary in nature at this point in time but compared to what other companies are doing it appears to be revolutionary. If Apple is successful in pulling off a new multi-touch device and incorporates that into the OS then it will have become revolutionary indeed. As I have said before, many users are still in the dark about all the technology available in their machines stock configuration. Users need to increase their “geek factor” in order to take advantage of and realize that there is much more available to them. One way to achieve this is to take advantage of the many podcasts and sites that educate the user in how the OS works as well as other great software. If you have questions regarding how to get more out of your mac, by all means leave a comment and I will post my own tips. I think this works better than trying to post a big list that may or may not meet your needs.

Macworld is just around the corner and I am holding off with the predictions for the time being. Look for a rundown in a future post.

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iPhones and Beyond…

By now everyone has heard, the iPhone debuts on the 29th of June to a throng of seekers of the latest cellular experience. It’s really more than a phone and if you haven’t previewed all the features you can do so at apple.com. Since there is no small bit of coverage of the iPhone I will dispense with the usual topics and move on to what I see reading between the lines.

In large part I think the iPhone is going to perform well but there are some areas that could be problematic. In no particular order:

  • Bandwidth could cause some slow internet experience.
  • It will be tempting to theives, so insurance is necessary. [ read extra cost of ownership ]
  • Battery life could be an issue simply because it’s a problem on most portable devices.

On the positive side I hear some promise coming from Apple via Steve himself at the All Things Digital conference.

It looks like third party applications will happen at some point and that really puts the computer in a cell phone form factor. I can see things like widgets and GTD apps getting some really good mileage out of this.

Mr. Jobs also went as far as saying that he thought there were a lot more of these highly focussed devices out there or on the horizon like the iPhone and the iPod. What might Apple be producing? Maybe, a widescreen ipod with internet, a tablet device done right, perhaps some better implementation of a navigational device.

Steve and Bill went on to discuss where they thought things were going with regard to the internet which they called the cloud and whether or not we could have a low end device that would rely on the power of a big client to handle all the processing. There answers were revelatory; basically they see some things working in that way but for the real rich media stuff we’re still going to need a pretty good box sitting on our desk or lap. Although the internet pipe is getting bigger all the time it is going to take some time before it’s big enough to handle everything and be everywhere. We’re just not there yet.