As expected the production of the keynote was exemplary and really showed off the new, forthcoming capabilities in Leopard (slated for a Spring 2007 release). However, one thing repeatedly came to mind with all the lighthearted Microsoft bashing and accusations that the company imitates and doesn’t innovate (jump to minute: 00:24:15). Apple has taken some liberties and swiped some tried and true features that many of us Unix/Linux/FreeBSD users have come to love.
The only difference, however, between what Microsoft has done to Apple and what Apple is doing to the various FOSS software offerings in my opinion, is that Apple has taken the core principals of these applications and innovated + extended – making them truly all their own. You can’t help but fall stupidly in love with how Apple makes these applications so damn sexy and so darn easy to use. Lets just say, it’s a difficult proposition to turn down or ignore.
All in all, Apple’s stable of products and upcoming software features has really got me questioning a few things: How much of a chunk will Apple bite out of Microsoft’s general consumer market (FYI, notebook share alone jumped from 6% to 12% in favor of Apple since January 2006)? And how big of an impact will this have on Desktop Linux who’s making great efforts to become part of the mainstream and PC OEMs who are now faced with an aggressive competitor (checkout Apple’s latest markdowns and new product pricing)?
It seems at this point… resistance is futile.
However, let me end on a slightly different note. What’s Apple’s strategy in regards to Blu-ray and high-definition movie playback? There was no mention of it at WWDC 2006, which makes me a bit uneasy when debating if I should lay down my money for a new Mac Pro sometime this year.
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