Steve didn't have any big shocking surprises for us this year, and overall I am rather disappointed.
The iPhone updates were leaked weeks ago, movie rentals were known to be coming, and the MacBook Air was expected. It is pretty sad when the biggest surprise of Steve's keynote is a new wireless router with an embedded hard drive for backing up to. *yawn*
The new MacBook Air
is an incredibly sexy little laptop, but other than the amazing package it comes in, there is nothing revolutionary about it. I was hoping Apple would do something a bit more radical - like ditching the spinning hard drive for flash as a standard feature (and not as a $1000 extra), or perhaps integrating in WAN networking technology like EVDO or even WiMax.
Instead we get a super slim laptop with a slower CPU, a small and slow HD, just a single USB port, no firewire, a mono speaker, a non-removable battery, and no expansion options. A great choice for some, but it would actually be a pretty significant downgrade for many.
Movie rentals in iTunes is the much more significant news, and has the potential to finally make the Apple TV compelling. I am curious though if Apple will now support purchasing HD content (or is HD just for rental?), and whether Apple will allow HD viewing on laptops and not just on the Apple TV?
Things I had hoped to see, but which did not make an appearance:
- A MacBook Pro refresh. When will Apple embrace Intel's new mobile CPU's???
- BlueRay DVD Support. Apple could have been first to make this a standard feature!
- A sneak preview of what will be possible with the iPhone SDK...
Ah well. Maybe next time...