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WWDC 2013 Impressions

apple-logo.pngIn the middle of the E3 hubbub was Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference and in it were a number of notable announcements. Here are my initial gut reactions to those announcements.

Mac OS X “Mavericks”

It was only a matter of time before Apple moved away from big cats and onto something else. Names are names and I can live with whatever Apple comes up with.

I was impressed with two specific features of “Mavericks”:

There are interesting features tags and the new calendar as well but those aren’t items that I will be using on a daily basis. I sincerely hope the power efficiency improvements will be noticeable on my Macbook Air.

New Mac Pro

I think the new Mac Pro is an engineering feat. It’s a unique take on how computers should look and I would love to own one. Unfortunately for it, I also think it’s incredibly impractical and expensive. I’m not speaking about the unit itself (although I don’t doubt it will be a pricey piece of kit), I am referring to the cost of all that external Thunderbolt storage a person would have to invest in.

Why did Apple feel the need to shrink a workstation computer down to that size? Why did they feel the need to externalize mass storage? Why did they decide it was a good idea to limit the amount of expansion possibilities for end users?

I don’t know anyone who uses a Mac Pro but if I were in the market for one, I’d say to Apple: you better make this affordable.

iOS 7

iOS with a modern face lift and features that were long overdue. That pretty much sums up my take on iOS 7. The iPhone demos they were showing on stage were all impressive but I was hoping they would show iPad centric iOS 7 features.

 

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