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June 29, 2007

i caved

iPhone boxed sitting on my desk...

June 22, 2007

apple posts iphone guided tour


I think that for the safety of myself, and those in my immediate family, that I will have to be literally tied up on June 29th.

Don't watch this if you're on the fence

June 13, 2007

Some notes after watching keynote

stream of observations while watching quicktime stream

  • dot Mac will now keep track of the IPs of all your machines, so that you can share contents cross networks. Sounds like the beginning of a logack integration.
  • you would also think that Back to Mac is gonna need an Airport or some serious port forwarding. How will it know all my machines behind my airport since they have the same IP if I'm remote.
  • if they say 5 points of navigation until you become paralyzed... apple has only one more finder view to add before we all turn to stone. (list view, icon view, column view, cover flow view)
  • core animation demo - so hot. reminds me of the Photosynth Prototype
  • boot camp for leopard - Dan alerted me to a blurb yesterday that according to apple.com has hibernation support.

    Leopard brings a quicker way to switch between Mac OS X and Windows: Just choose the new Apple menu item "Restart in Windows." Your Mac goes into "safe sleep" so that when you return, you'll be right where you were. It's much faster than restarting the computer each time.
    Likewise, a "Restart in Mac OS X" menu item in the Boot Camp System Tray in Windows makes for a faster return to Mac OS X. With Windows hibernation enabled, you can pick up where you left off.

    Well at least it was on Apple.com - they've since removed it. Wonder what that means?

  • iphone anouncement was such a non announcement. did they really tell you anything we didn't know? of course it would be available to load webpages. yawn.
  • and what about Apple.com? Quite the refresh. Tho perhaps to simple in navigation. Trailers that used to be three levels deep, is now 4 levels deep - and is hidden under Mac -> Quicktime. But isn't Quicktime cross platform? At least they have the hot "spotlight esq" site search.

btw - mt 4 beta has issues with safari 3 beta. who do I complain to?

June 12, 2007

WWDC Thoughts

As with most Keynotes of late (cept for the iPhone one) it didn't live up to they hype. Don't worry hudson, you didn't miss much.

It felt almost disappointing that they had a year, and we were teased with super secret features - but 60-80% of the keynote was recycled from last year. Stick it up to it being a more environmentally friendly Apple. Still looking forward to Leopard and iPhone don't get me wrong.

  • Stacks and the Desktop - give it to me now
  • Coverflow in the OS? Ok - but did have to make the whole window behave like iTunes? It now feels more restrictive than before, and I dont know if Coverflow is too limited for the finder. It's just to linear. (but I hope the cover flow dude is rolling with in it. Talk about apple taking an idea and running with it.
  • Menu bar transparency Uh - fine - be like windows. But why is it just the menu bar thats translucent, nothing else is? Plus all the color is sucked out from it (apple and spotlight logos) yet the buttons on the windows still have the red, yellow, green. Seems like an incomplete theme to me.

    Plus look how nasty this shot looks. It turned a beautiful green background to an awful teal, which just mashes up odd with the rest of the UI.


  • Safari 3.0 - I might have to reduce the speed of my scroll wheel on my mouse. The page just moves too fast! (no thats really not a complaint)

  • iPhone - I can see the side of Apple being that now people don't really have to write a proprietary iPhone app - which always turned people off coding for the MacOS (why develop for the 3%?). But it also means that you'll need a web connection to have anything third party, and that wont fly with this subway commuter. It's up to Apple to innovate a killer App, cause no one else is going to be able to.


Neil Epstein is a designer in new york city. He can be reached .
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