Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 11th Jun 2012 21:19 UTC
Apple Apple held its keynote speech just now, kicking off its developer conference. The company announced minor refreshes for its laptop line, introduced a stunning new laptop with a Retina display, and gave a sneak peek of iOS 6, which will launch in the Fall.
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Ugh.
by Thom_Holwerda on Mon 11th Jun 2012 21:44 UTC
Thom_Holwerda
Member since:
2005-06-29

Two hour keynote, only one kind of interesting thing (the Retina display). All software stuff was catch-up or "coming in five months".

I'm no longer going to allocate time to this inflation of press events.

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RE: Ugh.
by Kroc on Mon 11th Jun 2012 21:57 in reply to "Ugh."
Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

Aye, felt the same.

Buy a new iPad every three years! This sounds like a great future we’re heading towards :|

If you pause and look at that "200" slide about all the new features in Mountain Lion, they had to _really_ scrape the barrel to fill that slide:

* Swipe between pages in Mac App Store :|
* Share from within Mac App Store :|
* Simplified scanning UI
* Calendar sidebar
* Do not track in Safari (it’s just a bloody checkbox and a request header!)

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RE[2]: Ugh.
by Adam S on Tue 12th Jun 2012 14:04 in reply to "RE: Ugh."
Adam S Member since:
2005-04-01

There were several things that impressed me.

I like the Do Not Disturb feature. I like the "Remind me Later" UI for declining calls. I, personally, will use the FB integration often. I like the potential for Passbook. I like the expansion of Siri, which was sorely lacking in v1. I like Facetime over 3G.

I love the subtle bits, like the multiple signatures and the pull to refresh.

I know these aren't novel. I know these exist for Jailbreak and Android. But having just got a Galaxy Nexus and used ICS-current, I appreciate the fit and finish of iOS. So count me as excited.

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RE: Ugh.
by WorknMan on Mon 11th Jun 2012 22:18 in reply to "Ugh."
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

All software stuff was catch-up or "coming in five months".


Yeah, turn-by-turn navigation in the Maps app... isn't that so Magical? ;)

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RE: Ugh.
by Adurbe on Mon 11th Jun 2012 22:21 in reply to "Ugh."
Adurbe Member since:
2005-07-06

Its been quite a while since they keynotes really launched something new where the demo simply 'wowed' you.

You know the kind of thing, after they keynote your REALLY wanted product x and it was only a day or two later (once your Really thought about it) it was expensive and feature limited. I miss those days ;)

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RE: Ugh.
by JAlexoid on Tue 12th Jun 2012 01:58 in reply to "Ugh."
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

Did the developers get anything really useful out of the keynote of the WorldWide Developer Conference?

I was bi***ng and moaning about the fact that WWDC and other developer conferences are getting reduced to product announcements and sessions with core team.

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RE[2]: Ugh.
by nefer on Wed 13th Jun 2012 11:11 in reply to "RE: Ugh."
nefer Member since:
2012-02-15

The opening keynote is a product keynote. For some products, launching them on a developer conference makes sense. The next generation Macbook pro requires developers to adapt their code. So it makes sense to make an announcement when you have the crumb of them gathered. Apple did the same for the switch to intel, when they announced the first intel-enabled product in the same form factor. Needless to say Retina Displays will trickle down in all Apple form factors eventually.

The WWDC opening keynote is just a warm-up and a kickstart for the week-long WWDC. After the opening keynote usually follows a technical keynote, which goes more into the meat and the potatoes. And ofcourse, there are the week-long sessions for getting into the gritty details.

If you're really interested in getting to the bottom, make sure you get a WWDC ticket; or at least a paying Apple Developer account; which usually has access to WWDC related sessions as well.

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RE: Ugh.
by jackeebleu on Tue 12th Jun 2012 02:19 in reply to "Ugh."
jackeebleu Member since:
2006-01-26

You slug. I guess Siri's SDK being opened for developers to link their apps to, OS 10.8, its $19.99 price, twin thunderbolt ports, power nap, passbook, etc., are yawn inspiring.

On the MBP retina, I tried finding another laptop that had 8GB 1600MHz DDR3L, 256GB SSD, 15.6" Retina Display (Or close), Core i7 2.3 Quad, BT 4.0, with a Nvidia GT 650M 1GB, and guess what, HP doesn't have any, Dell had some shit called the M4600 for $2764 with no SSD,so uh ...yeah.

Edited 2012-06-12 02:30 UTC

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RE[2]: Ugh.
by JAlexoid on Tue 12th Jun 2012 02:31 in reply to "RE: Ugh."
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

I guess Siri's SDK being opened for developers to link their apps to

Sorry, I might have missed that. Siri has an SDK now?!?!?!?

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RE[2]: Ugh.
by j-kidd on Tue 12th Jun 2012 05:10 in reply to "RE: Ugh."
j-kidd Member since:
2005-07-06

SSD price has dropped to $1.5 per GB already. A 240GB Intel 520 series SSD is retailing for $369, and is better than whatever that get put into MBP/MBA/UltraBook.

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RE[2]: Ugh.
by bryanv on Tue 12th Jun 2012 13:54 in reply to "RE: Ugh."
bryanv Member since:
2005-08-26

I purchased a refurbished M4600 for $850 last month. It is a -fantastic- linux box, which is what I wanted it for.

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RE[2]: Ugh.
by Carewolf on Thu 14th Jun 2012 06:08 in reply to "RE: Ugh."
Carewolf Member since:
2005-09-08

Apple has cornered the market on the 3k 15" displays for now. We will have to wait until the producers are allowed to sell to third parties. Officially the panels Apple are using doesn't even exist, and have never been demoed or launched by the component producers. You can get laptops with 1080 displays, even as far down as 11" but not 1800 vertical.

Btw. 1920x1080 on 14" thinkpad is not bad. It looks gorgeous, but really requires Linux to take full advantage of the high DPI.

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RE: Ugh.
by kovacm on Tue 12th Jun 2012 15:53 in reply to "Ugh."
kovacm Member since:
2010-12-16

Two hour keynote, only one kind of interesting thing (the Retina display). All software stuff was catch-up or "coming in five months".

I'm no longer going to allocate time to this inflation of press events.

I am sorry for you.

You run blog about future and everything you see is retina??

LOL!

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RE[2]: Ugh.
by Thom_Holwerda on Tue 12th Jun 2012 16:03 in reply to "RE: Ugh."
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Yes, because everything else is stuff I'm already using.

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RE: Ugh.
by kaiwai on Wed 13th Jun 2012 15:23 in reply to "Ugh."
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

Two hour keynote, only one kind of interesting thing (the Retina display). All software stuff was catch-up or "coming in five months".

I'm no longer going to allocate time to this inflation of press events.


Hence the reason I didn't watch it - it was nothing more than a glorified press release because that is what it is. The keynote is developed for the lowest common denominator, namely, the press club, bloggers, tech journalists etc. it isn't there for those of us who want the juicy details. If you want the juicy bits wait till the WWDC 2012 videos are uploaded and jump straight for 'Apple Platforms Kickoff' which gives the sexy details of iOS and Mac OS X with a top level overview for both platforms.

IMHO the interesting part will be next week when the WWDC2012 videos appear and the details of the API changes and roadmaps are announced. What Apple have done with LLVM, OpenGL and OpenCL improvements, the gradual replacement of old carbon based API's with nice new Cocoa ones, the future of Quicktime now that AVFoundation was announced at WWDC2011 etc. They're the details I'm interested in so quite frankly the whole keynote was a waste of time.

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