More MacWorld 07 Jan, 2004
Perhaps I should clarify my comments from the early hours of this morning with regard yesterday’s MacWorld. I imagine some people were shocked, given what a zealot I can be . I’m not one for swallowing all the rumour sites and their nonsense, but I was hoping for a little more. What Jobs said is fine, and GarageBand looks particularly nifty, but I think most people felt let-down when it came to the iPod mini. No doubt about it, this is way over-priced. For $50 more one can buy the real thing, with triple the storage, so why bother? Knocking off $50, or even $100 (yeah right) would have produced another killer product for Apple. We shall have to see.
Meanwhile, John Gruber, as ever, sums things up best:
PC pundits pound their heads against the wall, asking why, if Apple only sells a small percentage of computers, the company receives such a disproportionate amount of media attention. The answer is simply that they’re selling the best computers, to the most interesting people. Maybe it is only two percent of the total PC market, but it’s the most interesting two percent.
The only slow segment of the keynote was the presentation from Roz Ho and the Microsoft Mac BU on their upcoming Office 2004. The relative silence of the keynote audience during their segment was telling. It’s not because Mac users are biased against Microsoft, it’s just that spreadsheets are fucking boring…
I love his analyses: they’re always spot-on ;-)