The Failure of the Reality Distortion Field
Apple kicked off its World Wide Developer’s Conference today. Mostly it addressed what will be in the next version of their operating system. After reading the various write-ups, I’m underwhelmed. No new toys, and the only compelling feature for many people will be the automatic backups that were announced six months ago. No clarity yet on if this feature uses Sun’s ZFS file system, which would be cool. Bah! What a bummer.
Oh, yeah, the Safari browser runs on Windows. Is there some point in starting a multi-platform browser war? Why on earth do we need that? So that web developers that use Windows will have an easier time making their sites look nice on Safari? I’m on Macs and I don’t even use Safari… Maybe they’re trying to increase market share in order to not be left behind by Silverlight or whaever new ajax replacement technologies are coming along.
We didn’t get updated aluminum iMacs.
We didn’t get a true widescreen video iPod.
We got Web 2.0 apps for iPhone. What crap. Everybody already knew you could see the web on the iPhone. The security excuse rings hollow. I run third party apps on my Mac and I don’t have a security issue. Is this device running OS X or not?
No high def video for the iTunes Store.
No swarming download capability built in to Leopard.
You get the picture. Well, at least you get that I am a geek. Yes, I understand (as a developer) that this is a developer’s conference, but Steve usually has something amazing to show. The Leopard features are all nice, but for the most part only power users find any of them compelling, and they already have work arounds for most of them.
What happened Steve? I miss the RDF.