Tip of the Quill: A Journal
Keynotes getting worse?

Is it just me, or are the Apple Keynotes getting more and more disappointing? Today’s WWDC keynote featured the following:

  • EA returning as a Mac game developer
  • Stacks, folders in the Dock
  • Translucent menu bar and a 3-D dock
  • “Back to my Mac” .mac feature, which is essentially iDisk
  • Cover Flow in the Finder, which is useless eye candy
  • Quick Look, a moderately useful enhancement of Preview
  • 64-bit Finder, which might be useful but I’m skeptical
  • Core Animation, which might be useful but is more likely to be useless eye candy
  • Boot Camp built-in, which is already out in Tiger and admittedly done better by Parallels or VMWare
  • Spaces, which is pretty cool
  • Movie Time Dashboard widget, which is okay but nothing new
  • WebClip technique for widget building, which we saw last year
  • iChat Theater, which will be useful
  • iChat Photo Booth effects, which totally won’t
  • Time Machine, which is just a built-in backup system
  • Safari for PC, which will be great if it catches on
  • AJAX apps for the iPhone, which was a given

Seriously. No new hardware, no really jaw-dropping revelations for Leopard, a promise of 300 new features but nothing truly revolutionary demonstrated today, which suggests that the other 290 are all things like “changed the icon for the Canon printer driver”.
Apple computers have gone to suck. The iPhone could be cool, but they’re totally neglecting their original market. The writing was on the wall when they dropped ‘Computer’ from their name and just became ‘Apple, Inc.’ – where’s the Blu-Ray drive or HD DVD drive? Where’s the real increase in .mac value? Where’s the new hardware? Where’s, well, anything new for the Mac people?
It’s tragic that of all of this, the thing I’m the most excited about is a translucent menu bar and some new desktop photos. This keynote sucked, and so does the outlook for Apple’s computers. What a disappointment.