So I was working super hard these last couple of days, so I could only keep half an eye on the Macworld Stevenote as it was happening. Digging the stuff, as usual. A few things that got me:
The new Time Capsule, aka “Airport Really Extreme We Mean It This Time”, aka “Apple iSAN”:
Far cooler than you may think. Now you’ve got cheap network addressable backup. Rock. The Fuck. On. Are backups sexy? Well, no, but losing your data is decidedly the un-sexy. Losing your data gets you un-laid.
MacBook Air. Dayum, that is one sechsaaaayyy beast! It’s also the laptop equivalent of the old G4 Cube. I loved the cube. The market didn’t. Too expensive, too slow, and all those complaints about “cracks”. At least the Air’s battery can be replaced at an Apple Store for the cost of the battery ($129), labour is free. I’d get one, but the reality is that I need a higher resolution on the screen (and a real graphics card). I imagine the new Macbook Pros will have all the cool multi-touch stuff when they get refreshed.
New Apple TV/iPod touch. So both these toys get upgrades, but the people who purchased an iTouch have to fork over $20 to get the software upgrade? Lame. This is as lame as when they charged $5 to “unlock” the 802.11n capabilities in the macbook and macbook pro (they crippled it in software, and held it for ransom. Folks who dual booted into Windows saw the hardware for what it really was, and bitched). Their response was “they had to charge, by law”, and mentioning something about Sarbanes-Oxley. Whatever. That’s history. I still think the Apple TV should have a Wiimote, rather than the push-push-push button controller.
iTunes Store Movie Rentals are kinda nickel-and-dimed. The tiered pricing structure is a bit annoying, but I am sure it will be popular. Tiered pricing is very un-Apple, but it is very “Big Content”. I think Apple is seeing the writing on the wall, and noticing the bit of iTunes Store backlash. They can’t make money if they have no content to sell. At the moment, Apple/iTunes doesn’t have a publishing “label”. I imagine this will be changing in the near future. One thing I don’t understand; if you download a rental to your iPod, and then watch it, but never synch your iPod back to your computer, how does it know you’ve past the 24 hour point, and can no longer view it? Does iTunes “move” or artificially lock the file so if it’s on an iPod, you can’t watch it on your computer until you’ve re-docked? I should look into this.
Earlier: Petty Fireball