Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 20th Oct 2010 19:02 UTC
Apple So, Apple held its usual autumn press get-together just now, and after a few rather uninspiring ones (to me, at least), they finally managed to blow me away, with the new MacBook Air (especially the 11.6" variant). They also gave a sneak peek at Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, which has... An App Store. An App Store Apple is going to open on Snow Leopard within 90 days.
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by kaiwai on Thu 21st Oct 2010 03:12 UTC
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Personally I found the whole video a bit of a anti-climax which leaves me wondering whether it was an hurried attempt to show to the market "yes, we still give a crap about the Mac" hence what they showed off isn't all partly spectacular. Lets be honest, what they showed off could have been accomplished using some JavaScript and HTML5 without too many problems - 500 lines of code later and voila you get what they demonstrated.

What I am hoping for is maybe this is just showing off some user visible features with the more technology based innovations being held off till WWDC given that WWDC is more suitable venue. I'm mainly thinking along the lines of the work they're doing with steam and maybe we'll see Apple finally get their ass into gear and upgrade OpenGL to 4.1 by the time Lion is released.

Apple also need to have a more balanced approach when it comes to their developer conference; not every developer is interested in iOS so how about getting some refocus on Mac OS X and iOS instead of WWDC being almost 90% focused on iOS. I'd also like to see Apple finally address many of the long standing complaints that third party developers have with Mac OS X in terms of buggy API's that have long standing bugs that still haven't been fixed.

Oh well, WWDC 2011 will be interesting to see as to whether there is going to be a rebalance - not that there is much of an alternative to Mac OS X given how Microsoft can't be bothered fixing Windows to finally use Direct2D/DirectWrite instead of GDI through their operating system plus the inconsistent user interface experience and so on.

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