In case you were hiding under a rock, here’s some news: Apple has announced their new iteration of the iPhone, now featuring 3G and GPS. There’s not much to say about this that others haven’t already, so this will be a short one. As is usually the case, I agree with John Gruber’s analysis, and have the same gripes about the camera that Elliot Jay Stocks outlines here. In addition, I have to add that I’m slightly disappointed in the fact that there’s still no copy/paste functionality (unless Jobs just didin’t go into it in his keynote). On the other hand, I think that Apple’s alternative to background application processes, in the form of push notification services, seems like an elegant solution to the problem. It takes advantage of Apple’s already considerable IT infrastructure, and extends their array of IP services.
Oh and yes, I’ll be buying one. But I won’t stand in line for one again. That was a one-time thing.
Apple also unveiled their much anticipated update to the .Mac service, re-branded as MobileMe. This looks very interesting, and as a long-time .Mac subscriber, I can’t wait to see how it shapes up.
The big news, though, which has been somewhat glossed over in favor of iPhone hype, is the next iteration of Mac OS X, code-named Snow Leopard. According to Apple’s OS X website, Snow Leopard
builds on Leopard’s enormous innovations by delivering a new generation of core software technologies that will streamline Mac OS X, enhance its performance, and set new standards for quality. Snow Leopard dramatically reduces the footprint of Mac OS X, making it even more efficient for users, and giving them back valuable hard drive space for their music and photos.
Smart move, I think. Leveraging their considerable lead in features and stability over Vista, Apple has decided to take some time to refine their product (and squeeze a bit more life out of an ever-dwindling pool of ‘big cat names’ for their OS line). Additionally, one of the key phrases in the above quote is ‘delivering a new generation of core software technologies.’ Core multitouch, anyone?