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Mostly Macworld Keynote 2009

I apologize for my lousy blogging lately. Macworld has been insane for me. I was on my feet from 7am – 3am, running around the expo doing Macbreak interviews, being a guest on Macbreak Weekly, recording TWiP, and looting booths for schwag (the most important thing at MW), and attending a few shindigs.

I plan on writing a detailed post on my reflections of Macworld and my top picks of the Expo in a few days. Before I give you my thoughts on the keynote, I’d like to hear yours.


Were you disappointed with this year’s Macworld keynote?

Like say the fact that they didn’t even mention Snow Leopard or release a new mini or iMac or, like announce something cool other than the ability to DRM-free your previously bought itunes music for $0.30 a pop? 30 x 14GB of music = I don’t know, you do the math.

There is a super awesome prize for the person who makes the best comment. So breathe in and let it all out. Please don’t make Steve cry too much. Think about his hormone imbalance. Please.

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    January 17, 2009 at 6:58 PM

    I thought it was fine. The world kept talking about Apple. That is the key. Announcements come and go. But Apple buzz, that’s what it’s all about.

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    January 17, 2009 at 7:21 PM

    Who needs more announcements when we can put osx on a dell mini netbook?

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    January 17, 2009 at 7:23 PM

    Apple’s stretch of Macworld keynotes went out with a Schiller whimper (A Schimper? Or a Whiller?); and that’s as it should be.

    The company makes great products, but much of that is overshadowed by fanboy cultdom. Their marketshare would grow dramatically if everyday people didn’t think of Apple computers as expensive toys that geeks drool over at some yearly cult gathering in San Francisco.

    Apple may have been Steve Jobs for many years, but how soon we forget that it was also Steve Wozniak in the beginning, too. If the company is to last, and if its marketshare is ever to grow, it cannot be forever associated with SeΓ±or Jobs and his black mock turtlenecks.

    Going forth, it should be all about the products for Apple; not the hype, and definitely not the cult of personality.

    In that light, this last keynote was the best way to remind us that Apple is really all about great stuff designed by many different talented people. Hopefully we will look back on this keynote (and the recent sick leave for Steve) as the beginning of a great new era for the company, its customers, its fanboys (myself included), and its products.

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    January 17, 2009 at 8:55 PM

    I thought Phil did a good job with the keynote, though of course he’s no Steve! (but who is?) then again, even Phil is a MUCH better presenter than many others I’ve seen – have you ever seen Bill Gates give a presentation? zzzZZZZZ… seriously!! and I won’t even mention the hideous PowerPoint slides that usually accompany him… Hooray for Keynote!

    there weren’t any earth-shattering announcements by Apple, but I think that’s a sign of one of the reasons why they’d rather skip this event in future – they can announce new products on their own schedule rather than IDG’s. Plus of course the huge expense to attend these large tradeshows has probably pretty low return for the money.

    As for what was actually announced, I think too many people had (and always have) their expectations too high, based solely on what the rumour mill churns out each year in advance of these tradeshows. Personally, I’d rather be surprised by whatever product Apple announces, when they are ready to announce it. With Apple controlling the schedule of the announcements again, the surprise and excitement should return, IMO.

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    Fred Hill
    January 17, 2009 at 11:17 PM

    For just only $199 I can upgrade my tunes to iTunes Plus! Sweet what a deal. I hope the chief if the country will throw us that check he has been talking about.

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    Jordan Chark
    January 18, 2009 at 12:11 AM


    I suppose they released the MacBooks somewhat *ahead* of schedule, but hey, no one’s complaining. Steve did it himself, and now half of my school has me drooling all class long at their sexy machinery.

    I’m only dissapointed that Phil barely even hinted a mention at Snow Leopard… I mean, Steve would’ve given us a sneak preview. Surely, our steveness? He’d do anything for us, merciful, merciful bearer of shiny things.

    Also, I’d like a new mini… and AppleTV hardware upgrade… but I’m not all too worried about my DRM-Free music if you know what I mean.

    Now that Apple’s freed themselves from MacWorld, maybe The One and Only Benevolent Awesome Ruler of the Appleverse His Steveness will feel free to make more than two Stevenotes a year. We must have faith.



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    January 18, 2009 at 1:22 PM


    Sorry If I hit a fanboy nerve there Paul.

    I purchase and use Apple stuff. That doesn’t mean I have to like the way they have recently been choosing a more business to business way of operating, as opposed to an ealier era of paying more attention to what their customer wants out of their product.

    This is because most of what they are now selling allows access to *services* rather than just the equipment. Not all of these services use content they control. This can lead to limitations and annoyances beyond what Apple consumers may be used to.

    If you want to get defensive, fine, but use your own words instead of reshaping mine.

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    Patria Minecci
    February 26, 2010 at 5:25 PM

    My ipod touch 1G is our main iPod, Personal digital assistant and a lot more, and even has has been ever since I purchased it. It still function the current iPod system software program, and also any application I might want it to run. I’m working with it to post this remark right now. Iwould point out it is a much more in comparison with solely an “excellent hobbyist system” — it can be an remarkable iPod

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