Apple WWDC keynote roundup

by Volker Weber

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Well, that was the most content ever in an Apple keynote. Short summary:

Notable:

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Comments

Volker, as always a great summery that saved me following the Keynote myself. Thanks!

Thomas Lang, 2009-06-08

Hmmh, I was hoping for a 10 or 12 inch MB ;-(

Mariano Kamp, 2009-06-08

No new apple tv :(

Flemming Riis, 2009-06-08

Great summary. And I think my BlackBerry’s days are numbered… :)

Ben Poole, 2009-06-08

Overall it is really disappointing. I really thought, Apple might finally put together an interesting device - well, at least now it has some of the 5-year-old standard features my old SIEMENS mobiles from 19xx had. Now flame me ;)

But what really bothers me, is the number off applications noted for Symbian (Nokia). This seems wrong. I currently fail to acquire a source for it, but the number should be in the 20.000s.

Regards,
Hubert

Hubert Stettner, 2009-06-09

Had I known the new models have the built- in battery I would have quickly bought an old one, despite the price decrease. Does anyone here have real- life experience on the 17" model with the battery? Is it any good?
Also how much does a replacement cost? I guess more than I would like.
Any experience would be welcome, thanks.

Alexander Koch, 2009-06-09

AFAK the upgrade price is only for Leopard owners 29$. Tiger users have to pay the normal price which is much higher than the upgrade price.

Ralf M Petter, 2009-06-09

Thanks for the summary.

Exchange support across the board in native apps

Once again, no support of the other product? Sigh.

Jan-Piet Mens, 2009-06-09

Alexander, battery can be replaced, just not as easily.

Ralf, yes it's for the Leopard upgrade. First time they sell an upgrade instead of full version only in quite some time.

Jan-Piet, do you think it would make a difference?

Volker Weber, 2009-06-09

for symbian: The might have only counted the apps in the nokia/ovi store. But only a minority of apps are available via ovi (as of today), even nokia apps like sportstracker are missing. For symbian, you get apps on hundereds of different sites.

Christian Just, 2009-06-09

No. Probably not.

Jan-Piet Mens, 2009-06-09

I think the new MBP announcements are very sad news: no internal 3G card as an option, no matte screen option, no docking station available. What is "pro" about that? Thanks for the SD card slot anyway...

Markus Michalski, 2009-06-09

Also of note, that Snow Leapord will only run on the Intel chips - no PPC - Which rules me out! I doubt the wife would sanction a new computer just to get an OS upgrade! - bah

Simon Barratt, 2009-06-09

No, you need to find a better reason. :-)

Volker Weber, 2009-06-09

Oh come on folks (Hubert & Markus) - you should know Apple and their products by now. It will never be about matching feature for feature with other vendors. Yes, some Korean phone or Japanese laptop will usually win on a checklist comparison. However, they will never have the ease of use, quality or sheer delight-the-user x-factor that the Apple products have. If you don't 'get it' after using an iPhone or a MBP, then that's fine, enjoy another vendor's products and be happy.

For the rest of us, there's enough in the new kit to make it worth at least considering an upgrade, or else making us sure to want another Apple product when it's time to change.

@Simon, Intel kit has been around since 2005 - I think it's probably time to consign the old Power-based kit to legacy versions of the OS?

Stuart McIntyre, 2009-06-09

So the battery is ok'ish and works and can be replaced, that is good to know. Thanks Volker for the reply!

Does anyone have experience or can say what the benefit of 512 MB on the secondary GeForce 9600 M GT is versus the 256 MB on it versus the vanilla 9400 M with no secondary graphics adapter? I use VLC and the like, do my work every day on it, play Civilization IV, and that it is basically. The question is what the practical benefits will be in routine operation.

Thanks in advance for any feedback offered.

Alexander Koch, 2009-06-09

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