Last night Apple kicked off their annual WWDC (World Wide developer Conference) with a keynote from Mr. Phil Schiller, the acting head honcho at Apple until Mr. Jobs comes back from his health leave- hopefully at the end of this month. There were plenty of announcements which included the new iPhone, new notebooks and updates [...]
Last night Apple kicked off their annual WWDC (World Wide developer Conference) with a keynote from Mr. Phil Schiller, the acting head honcho at Apple until Mr. Jobs comes back from his health leave- hopefully at the end of this month. There were plenty of announcements which included the new iPhone, new notebooks and updates on the upcoming Snow Leopard Operating System.
Lets start with iPhone and the latest model- the iPhone 3G S- I dont like the name much. Apple is generally pretty good at naming their products- and one of the rumours was that the new unit might be called iPhone Video which, to me, sounds like a much better choice. After all, Videos are a big part of the new iPhone. Not only can you record videos but you can also download/rent them from iTunes straight from your iPod now. The video recording is courtesy of the new 3MP auto-focus camera which, for a phone, is decent enough. I can only comment on the quality once I get to play with it.
Coming back the name, the S supposedly stands for Speed- the 3G S, as Apple says, is more than twice as fast in some operations. I find the speed of the current iPhone 3G pretty OK, except for the SMS application (or some Jailbroken apps) that lag often. The 3G S also has a built-in compass which is cool feature but not necessarily a must have. Battery life is also supposedly improve but again, these are things that I can only comment on once I’ve tested the device. Last and certainly not the least is the Voice operation that allows you to your the phone or multimedia capabilities by simply speaking into it.
The next announcement was about the new Notebooks. Apple suddenly decided that the Unibody design of the MacBook will now become Pro model. The only regular MacBook that remains is the plastic version. This is so unlike Apple to introduce a new device that is wiped off within a matter of months. Another disaster is that these new Pro models have had their Express Card slots disappeared, replaced by an SD card slot. Seriously? Its only been like, five years since SD cards have become a standard on PC notebooks. I was already using an Express Card on my 15″ MacBook Pro that not only took an SD but also a Memory Stick. If Apple really wanted to remove the Express Card slot and replace it with flash memory, they should have built a multi-card reader. Finally, the battery has now become non user replaceable which isnt that big of a deal for me but might piss more people off.
the only silver lining for me was Snow Leopard. Shipping in September and costing only US$29 for upgrading from Leopard, this is one thing that Apple got it right this WWDC. Snow Leopard is more of an optimized version of Leopard than a new Operating System so its only fair to charge accordingly. I’m most excited about built-in Exchange support which will allow me to hopefully stop using that clunky piece of software called Entourage.