Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 13th Oct 2010 17:26 UTC
Apple In this day and age of iOS this and iPad that you'd nearly forget it, but the gadget maker from Cupertino actually makes personal computers and an accompanying operating system as well. It's been nearly three years since the last substantial release, so it's about time: Apple has just announced a press event titled 'Back to Mac', with a lion on the invite.
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Hopefully not jumping the latest hypes
by J.R. on Wed 13th Oct 2010 18:56 UTC
J.R.
Member since:
2007-07-25

I am really afraid that they might jump all the latest OS hypes from the mobile world:
- tight integration social network with the desktop, mixing your contacts with everything you do all the time.
- high dependence on cloud services, moving everything out of the users control, and render the computer "useless" when offline.
- touch interface.. can' really imagine how that can be useful on a computer. Pointing straght forwards for hours WILL get tiresome, especially if your writing a 2000-words document, or sitting in front of the computer all day for actual work.
- and although Apple already have told they would not introduce it; Appstore with signed apps as the only means of distribution.

Lets hope they get it right. If they do all of the above I will loose interest. There is a time and a place for such features, its called an ipad, and is a huge success on its own.

Edited 2010-10-13 19:00 UTC

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Carewolf Member since:
2005-09-08

Apple doesn't have a social network or cloud of its own, and it is not their interest to help the competion by enabling better integration with Google or Microsoft owned services (not adding their generel distrust of anything Not-Invented-Here). So if this was the new features then THE main announcement would be a new social network, cloud service, or sucking up to Zuckerberg (but doesn't Google own a large part of Facebook, though?)

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Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

Actually they have both, but neither is comparable to the non-Apple alternatives.

For the cloud, they offer MobileMe, which is extremely overpriced for what you get, and is tightly integrated with their products alone.

As for a social network, that's what Ping is supposed to be, though again it falls short and is highly vertical: A feature of their media player software that is tied to their music store. Not to mention, they were snubbed by Facebook at the Ping launch because they tried to break the rules.

I really am looking forward to the event so I can hopefully see something Mac or OS X related. OS X is the only part of Apple I truly like these days.

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