Jan 152008
 

I thought it might be interesting to just dump my thoughts during today’s Macworld Expo keynote from Steve Jobs on-the-fly, stream of consciousness style, as things go along.  Of course, this is all based off the text dump feeds that are coming out of Moscone today.  I’ll watch the real thing later in the day after Apple posts it.

Time Capsule

OK, an Airport Extreme Base Station with internal hard drive for backups.  Handy but sort of sounds like a snoozer unless the price is awesome.  And the price looks pretty decent.  $299 for 500 GB, $499 for 1 TB.  That’s not bad at all.  Depending on specifics, I may be begging my wife for permission to get one.

We need a new router (our current WiFi router is messed up and only works when wide open — oops), and we also badly need NAS for backups.  The question is: get them all in one, or buy cheaper but separate?  We’ll see…

iPhone

4 million sold in 200 days.  Nice!

New iPhone software?  That sounds exciting… c’mon, make it something really spiffy!  Please?

Maps with location.  Nice.  Web clips; that’s one I’ll have to see in action before I get all that interested.  Home screen customization, multi-person SMS.  Eh.  I have an iPod touch, not an iPhone, so most of that stuff doesn’t interest me much.  Give me Mail on my iPod touch, Steve!

OK, so basically web clips lets you put bookmarks on your home screen, with the zoom/pan settings saved.  I can see use for that, to bookmark the stuff I use the most (like Zimbra for work, for example, and Gmail).

I still want Mail, Steve!

iPod touch

Oh, I’m all a-twitter!

Woot!  Mail!

Mail, Stocks, Notes, and Weather!  Steve, I love you!

$20 upgrade.  Bummer but not by much.

iTunes

Sweet — they passed the 4 billion songs mark.  That’s phenomenal.

iTunes Movie Rentals.  I’m pretty excited about this.  Let’s see who they have on board and how much they’ll cost.

Holy cow.  They got all the major studios on board.  That’s phenomenal!  Wow!

Movies hit iTunes rental store 30 days after the DVD is out.  I can live with that, although it’s a shame and will hurt their rental figures, I think.  Netflix gets them day one.

I’m totally going to have to try this out.  I sure hope the picture looks good on my HDTV.

Hey, nice.  You get 30 days to start watching your rental, but then have to finish watching within 24 hours of starting.  That’s really quite good.

$2.99 for library titles, $3.99 for new releases.  That’s really quite reasonable, especially given the convenience.  30 hours would have been better than 24 for getting your movie watched.

I’d seriously think about quitting Netflix except Netflix will send me Blu-Ray (high definition) movies, and iTunes doesn’t do HD.

Apple TV 2

No computer required.  Rent directly on the TV.  DVD quality and HD + Dolby 5.1.  Does that mean actual HD video?

Still can sync with iTunes, which is also good.  If this thing actually does HD, I’d seriously consider… yep.  HD rentals available, at $4.99 each.

I’ll have to sit down and do the math and see if it makes sense to buy one of these.   Depends on the price of the unit and how my math works out in terms of how much renting I would do.

I’m curious how big the drive is on it.  That’ll need to be good sized to handle all that HD content people will be downloading…

Wow, you can buy music on the Apple TV too.  That’s nifty as well.

Dude.  It’s a free software update to current Apple TV owners.  And the entry price of the unit is dropped to $229.  That seriously means it’s something for me to consider buying.  Wow.

Blah, blah, CEO of Fox.  Blah, blah…

I’m quite excited about iTunes copies of movies being on DVDs going forward, at least from Fox.  That’ll be sweet.

MacBook Air

Woohoo! This is going to be cool, I bet.

Sounds very sexy.  I don’t want one, but it’s very pretty and cool sounding.  I expect it will be quite a hit.  I need performance more than smallness, personally, but I know a lot of people are going to be happy to make the tradeoff.

2 GB standard memory (I guess it’s not upgradeable, so they had to load it up).  I’m curious what it runs with a solid-state drive on it.  $1799 is a good base price for it, especially for people that need the convenience of a small, light machine.  I figure it’ll be a hit with frequent travelers.

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