Chances are you’ve heard of the MacWorld ’05 product announcements. You may even have watched all 2 hours of the streamed version. If you haven’t, here’s a summary:
- iLife ’05 – a nice (but not apparently revolutionary) update – nothing massively exciting here.
- iWork ’05 – an apparent grab at some of Microsoft’s share in the office suite market, comprising Keynote (PowerPoint) and Pages (Word). I have to admit I wasn’t too impressed by these, although I wasn’t the target of the marketing: It was very much pitched as “Hey, I can use these cool templates and pretty pictures” which, as you can see from my site, isn’t a top priority for me.
- FinalCut Express HD – video editing software. I’m not a video editor. Next.
- iPod Shuffle – Apple’s attack on the MP3 flash-based player market. Very tiny, very sexy, and very tempting (should provide some accompaniment for my new year resolution of going down to the gym).
- Mac Mini – hoo baby. This is so pwetty, and likely to boost Apple’s desktop market share significantly.
- Finally Tiger, the next version of OS X. Apple are continuing in their wonderful tradition of saying “up yours, Microsoft”. You may remember they started this by letting MS announce they were going to have shiny hardware-accelerated graphics in Longhorn, only to have Apple implement it in Jaguar (a.k.a. OS X 10.2). They’ve followed this up in style with Spotlight, due to arrive with Tiger within the next 6 months. Near as I can tell, this does a significant chunk of what Microsoft claimed for the perenially-delayed WinFS. In fact, Steve Jobs referred to this in his keynote speech, with an awful “this will arrive long before Longhorn” pun.
In summary, it’s looking like this will be a good year for Apple, and the arrival of Tiger could well be my cue to switch. Along with this whole ‘graduating’ thing, which I’m planning on doing at some point, and this ‘getting a job’ thing. That said, I’m planning on ploughing through my savings for 6 months or so after graduation, taking the gap year I never had, so money may be a little on the short side. Of course, by then it’ll be time for the next MacWorld expo, so who knows what Mr Jobs will have up his sleeve?