Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 12th Jun 2007 15:23 UTC
Mac OS X As you have surely noticed by now, Apple's CEO Steve Jobs held his keynote speech yesterday at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco. So far, the responses have been mixed; I have seen a lot of excitement, but also a lot of disappointment. Personally, I am not really sure where I stand.
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Gimmicks rather than features
by Simon Gray on Tue 12th Jun 2007 16:43 UTC
Simon Gray
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2006-06-04

The new desktop features are all gimmicks, except Stacks which is just polishing an existing feature (and quite remniscent of Drawers in Gnome too).

Cover flow is just a gimmick. Quick view is pretty much just a gimmick as well, it just launches an application without showing the title bar - BOOM! I'm amazed...

Spaces is taken from X, but it's always been a gimmick to me....

iChat has a lot of gimmick features: fake backgrounds, "funny" effects. The only useful feature is the conferencing feature (which is cool, though).

In my opinion, the interesting features in Leopard are Time Machine, web clips and , erh, well I don't use AIM so the conferencing feature in iChat is useless to me. Hopefully, the open source movement will pick up the role as the innovater now that Apple is gearing down :-)

Edited 2007-06-12 16:59

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mlouka Member since:
2005-11-16

This is wwdc -- the big news is really that all of these "gimmicks" are easily accessible to developers via the Core Animation, Core Video, and other Core APIs. The keynote is a show, so the gimmicks are what are in focus, and that is to be expected, but the most exciting stuff in Leopard is in the APIs for developers and how this all comes together. It's all in the integration and execution, and, for developers, the ease with which really powerful new features can be added to applications. Having said that, I thought Exposť looked like a gimmick when Tiger was first shown but in daily use it has proven to be much more than just a fancy toy, and I suspect that some of the features of Leopard that have been quickly demoed are more significant than first impressions. We'll see.

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