I had an exam so I couldn’t really get up to watch the keynote, but I did watch it earlier today. Since I didn’t get to live-tweet it with a few of my best buddies, I put together a few random thoughts — there’s a great summary of the event over at MacTalk, written by Rémy Numa, but this just what I came up with while watched the keynote earlier today. In somewhat chronological order, but still mostly just Things I Would Have Tweeted If I Was Watching It Live…
Extracts taken from Apple’s Keynote address in September 2009. Note: No cuts are repeated. Done with iMovie09, which is really awesome…
I’m no psycho-analyst, but after seeing a couple of similar videos from past Stevenotes one would think that such hint-dropping is all part of the reality-distortion field. Doesn’t it flow that somehow saying all those words subconsciously makes the people watching the video (and indeed, present at the keynote) associate such words with the Apple image, and indeed the brand?
No? Maybe I’m reading too much into this.
Rather than bore you with lots of text, iphilvideos on YouTube cut the WWDC 2009 Keynote down to 3 minutes.
Originally seen on Gizmodo. Original video credit Mike Byhoff.
Favourite quote? Faster. Faster. Faster. So fast. 🙂
-Steve Ballmer about to take the stage. This is the first time he is giving a keynote since taking over for Bill Gates
Lulwut? That sentence pretty much summed up the entire MS Keynote… I didn’t even know such a thing existed.
As an aside, it’s interesting to note that all the presentations (Palm, Microsoft) are all doing “Keynote” presentations.
They do know that Keynote is an Apple product right?
Or is Keynote just the industry name for presentation? 😀
An excellent take on a sensetive issue.
We didn’t want huge product demos. We didn’t want explanations of every single new feature. We didn’t want the constant stalling, the in-depth promos, or any of that stuff. Most of all, we didn’t want to pay $2100 for 4GB more RAM in our new MacBook Pro 17″, a machine that already costs $4499. 😮
…nor did we want to pay extra for a matte screen. 😮
We wanted new products. We wanted an iPhone OS 3.0 demo. We wanted Snow Leopard, Mac Minis, and an iMac speed bump.
What we got was 8 hour battery life. What we got was iLife 09, iWork 09, and the Keynote Remote. What we got was iWork.com, DRM-free iTunes Music, and the iTunes Music Store available over 3G/EDGE networks.
Sure, the updating of the 17″ MBP to a Aluminium Unibody with dual graphics cards for $100 more was nice of Apple, but I’m currently sitting on the fence – 8 hour battery life vs inbuilt battery. 😕
iWork 09? Meh, could be better. With the addition of iWork.com, this can be seen as an above-average update. Collaboration, sticky notes, and more!
iLife 09 actually looks alright. I have now fallen in love with iPhoto all over again – and now believe that the Mac platform rules for that kind of thing. You can’t go past Facebook/Flickr integration.
…those tagged names now come down to your iPhoto! Also new is geo-tagging, “Faces” (awesome new facial recognition), and “Places” (which obviously links into the geo-tagging). All come with that special Apple polish we all know and love!
The other thing that got me excited was the iWork updates. Full screen Pages, new text transitions in Keynote, and some funky features I didn’t really care about in Numbers.
However, the introduction of the Mac Box Set was a really huge improvement, but something they should have done a while ago.
One more thing – DRM-free iTunes music! You can upgrade your music right now for 50c per song to DRM free, which comes in 256kbps AAC.
However, even with all the song and dance, I couldn’t feel there was something missing. Where is our Mac Mini update? Where were the iMac speed bumps? Where was the multi-touch Mighty Mouse, Aiport updates (thanks, adamd), or Cinema Displays, Mac Pros, Home Media Server, or the Mac Tablet, iPhone Nano, or even the fabled Mac Pro Mini?
End of the day, it’s just another Macworld keynote. For now, download the iWork 09 trial (warning, it’s 500MB), and enjoy the rest of your day.
New iMac and Mac Mini – NVIDIA Based
17″ MacBook Pro – Fixed Battery
iLife ’09. iWork ’09 – The Cloud
iPhone and iPhone Nano
Cinema Displays / Mac Pros / Home Media Server / Tablet or PDA
A good collection of the rumour mill, as it stands, less than 10 hours until the Philnote.