This wasn't the greatest Apple briefing I've had. Apple didn't make anyone available to answer iPhone or iTunes Store questions, plus I didn't have the usual 45 minutes or so. Instead, I focused on Time Capsule and the MacBook Air. Here are some selected highlights.
First off, you need to understand that when Steve takes the stage on Tuesday, he's not there to talk to us, i.e., you folks and me, i.e., the extended and interbreeding family of longtime Mac users. His true function is to speak to us, i.e., me and other folks who didn't have to wait in line to get in, i.e., the insular and never-been-kissed corps of media and analysts. This understanding tends to act as a useful lens on what Steve is saying.
Sure, like you've never been in a high-visibility, high-pressure situation and wound up doing something sub-optimal. This is my gentle response to the maelstrom of crap that's been focused on "Intel Sticker Guy" over the past few days.
Yes, I got an invite to see the Fun New Products From Apple. And no, alas, I have no insider dope, but I'm in a bs-ey sort of mood, so let's speculate.
Okey-doke...so it is indeed a video-studly iPod. Inneresting. I don't have mine yet -- and I haven't even had my Apple briefing -- so I can't say yet whether or not this is a Good Thing or a Bad Thing. See, where a video iPod is concerned I've always been worried about that Purple Cloud of Insanity.
Andy Ihnatko shows us how to stuff a video-capable wild iPod with video (and your Mac, too, while you're at it)
Andy Ihnatko has prepared his Tiger Report. In this installment, he introduces us to the new OS with some thoughts on Apple's direction
Andy Ihnatko discusses the Mac mini, shares an airport story with us, and gives his Top Ten List for ways IDG can increase Macworld Expo attendance figures
If it hadn't have been for his raging fever last week, Andy Ihnatko would have written about how absurd the idea of a cheap Mac from Apple was. Fortunately for him, he had that fever, so today he offers his thoughts on what actually did come from Apple on Tuesday
Today's mail brought two goodies: a CD containing a piece of software that I am very much not supposed to have, and my press copy of Wil Wheaton's proto-memoir, Just A Geek