I’m sorry to report that Steve Jobs’ MacWorld keynote was a bust for me. The entire keynote focused on two new big products: AppleTV and the Apple iPhone. While both look neat, and I may well end up with an Apple TV in the not too distant future, this is supposed to be Macworld, not Appleworld. And Macs were barely touched on.
There wasn’t a squeak about Leopard, which doomsayers will suggest indicates it’s not on schedule. There was nary a peep about quad core Mac Pros, no word of slim MBPs that everyone was expecting, no new iMacs, no iLife ’07 and no iWork ’07. No “Numbers” or “Charts” and no completely revamped Keynote 4. All iPhone and AppleTV.
Apple also changed their name officially from Apple Computer, Inc to Apple, Inc. This signifies the first step away from being a computer company and towards being a generalist technology company. It scares me a little because I would really like them to continue to push computing forward, but it appears the drive is to cash in on media serving, which is now their bread and butter. With over 2 billion tracks sold, it’s hard to argue it.
Anyway, here’s hoping that we still see Leopard this spring.