...given this thread and many others reflecting on the new products, not one person is happy with a thing they do.
I've been very happy with what Apple has been doing since 2002. But I'm unimpressed with what they appear to be doing now. Just because they've been doing great things in the past does not guarantee that they will continue to do great things in the future.
Indeed, I think a great deal of their motivation to do great things in the past decade has been the fact that they've been the minority platform/underdog, and the only way for them to get any attention at all was by being significantly better than the big players (Microsoft, HP, Dell, Nokeia, etc.) and they were.
Now that they've won a dominant share of some markets (PMP, smart phones, tablets), and have become the media darling even in markets where they are small (PCs), there is much less pressure on them to create products that are much better for consumers, and much more temptation to create products that will lock-in the consumers they've got. Meanwhile, Microsoft has been feeling the heat, and has made some pretty impressive changes. Windows 7 is a major improvement over Vista, which was a major architectural improvement over XP. Windows Phone 7 is looking like a serious competitor, and Android is going to be tough to stay ahead of as well.
I am really hoping that, despite the media focus on iOS and Apple's silence on OS X over the past 18 months, that major strides have been made in Cupertino, and that the next version of OS X will reopen the gap keeping the Mac '5 years ahead' of Windows. What was demoed has not supported that hope. I won't be jumping to any conclusions until I see the final product, but I'm not as optimistic as I was.
Also with the recent release of the MagicPad showing these features will (should) please MagicPad owners and again maybe lure more buyers to the MagicPad because of these new features that will be accessible through gestures.. again just a thought.
it also gave me the sense that apple is gearing up for a touch screen iMac.
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