This one I’m excited about, because my 1st-generation MBPro does not burn Dual-Layer. And I bought a Dual-Layer DVD spindle a while back, which cost about about as much as this little thingy. But speculations say that it’s only for the Air. Which would suck, although it would not be a surprise. Apparently, speculations seem overwhlmingly in favor of a MacBook Air exclusive scheme.
The MacBook Air is clearly a 1.0 product, and they are learning as much as they are fronting with this. In a year, multi-touch will have made giant steps from where it is today. People seem to forget how long it took for the iPod to take over the entire music industry – we’re at the 6th or 7th generation already, depending on how you count it. I’m sure that the 6th generation MacBook Air will be a very interesting product. And everything we were expecting last tuesday.
The MacBook Air is also meant to be used as a second computer. One for getting out of the office and writing that novel in a fancy café. Or updating your Facebook status in that same fancy café. But heavy Photoshop or video editing will be best taken on with a more powerful machine.
The Keynote iself
As always, Steve did a great job, full of «innat amazings», but only one Boom. He was in great shape, and the look of pride when he got that flat little thingy out of the yellow envelope was priceless. I just love to see that gleeful look on his face.
He did make a bunch of little mistakes, like the 3.1% that he quoted as 1.3% and such. When the Keynote is the ONLY moment you will get any info about your products, then every. single. word. counts.I have to say though that most of the rumor sites were spot-on with their predictions, and this guessing game – and the frenzied pitch it reached just before the keynote – is getting close to spoiler territory. It’s just not as exciting when you think «Oh, Engadget was RIGHT!» insted of «Ouch, that BLOWS MY MIND!!!!!» Either they’re getting too good, or Apple is just not trying hard enough anymore.
The performance by Randy Newman was funny and cool, a political rant, which was a change of pace from more boring fare like John Mayer or KT Tunstall. He just swaggered his disheveled head and ruffled shirt and ranted about Stalin and Hitler. I though it was very articulate and really funny, but a little surprising for such a setting. “King Leopold, from Belgium. Everyone thinks he was so great“. As Gizmodo put it during their live blog: “This guy is blowing our minds right now “. And for those who might have gotten offended, well you should work on getting offended about more important things.
On a final note, if like me you played Keynote Bingo, then like me you didn’t win anything. And I really missed Phil Schiller.