My first impressions of MacWorld 2007.
This time I 'watched' it live on a combination of MacRumors.com and a group on iChat with loads of people on it chirping in from different sources and discussing what they saw, it was a laugh!
Nah, not interested, unless it gets hacked to play more than the kind of codecs Apple distributes it's stuff in.
Will it play the range of video that VLC does, I doubt it .....
The box seems too tied to the whole iTunes Store thing ...... don't get me wrong, I like iTunes, it is running all day here, I just do not use it for video and I don't see myself buying the kind of video Apple sells.
Gosh, quite astonishing to look at it working!! I love all of that gesture stuff. If I can afford it when it comes out, it will be very tempting .....
On the video side, I am going to have the same doubts as I do for the Apple TV, on the music side, 4 or 8 gig do not seem like a lot, as an Internet device it looks sublime, as a phone dazzling.
The big question for me though is, will this be a closed device like the iPod, or an open device like a PC?
If Open Source and Shareware developers can easily develop for it and a strong ecology develops, it would be a killer! I would immediately want a SIP Voip client on it !!
Can you bring up a Terminal and run an SSH session? ;-)
Without an open SDK, the (astonishing) fact it runs MacOSX is largely irrelevant (except that Core Animation looks devine). So I hope they do the right thing there .....
The deals with Google and Yahoo are interesting. I am glad they went for Google not Yahoo maps. It is a shame Google do no IMAP for email ..... OH and I LOVE those little pins dropping down to stick in the maps !!
The instant messaging tool he was showing ...... is that SMS or iChat? Would SMS not cost a lot if you used it like an IM Client?
I thought MacWorld was supposed to be a developers conference, so I was surprised to see no sign of Leopard.