Some thoughts on Macworld before I read what everyone else says

I’m back in my room briefly before heading out on the exhibit floor to see all the new stuff. Here are some thoughts:

  • The Swiss-Army knife — it’s everything — aspect of the iPhone is going to confuse a lot of the coverage. The cell-phone part is going to be the focus, but this surely ushers in a whole new class of Mac products that may or may not have “cell phone” service necessary.

  • The iPhone is a tablet Mac — just a little small. It’s OS X running on a chunk of plastic with a touch screen interface. Let me make this clear: A bigger profile and and you’ll have a tablet Mac…but it’s already a tablet Mac the size of a Moleskine notepad.

  • What’s with that whole trademark problem?
  • Jobs said the word “patents” — “we’ve got patents” — at the beginning, middle and end of the iPhone presentation. I think that means Apple expects lots of time in the courtroom.
  • TV reporters (non-tech) were working the man-on-the-street angle before the keynote by asking people in line, “Are you here because this could be Steve Jobs’ last keynote address because of the options scandal?” The people in line were dumb-founded by the question. It was obvious that neither the reporters nor those being interviewed have any idea what the options scandal is.

  • The Apple TV is very cool, but I’m confused. Can I play a DVD on my computer and stream it to my big TV?

  • If I want to purchase an iSight camera for my Mac, they’re no longer available at the Apple store or on I mention that because there are a lot of Mac-related announcements that are obviously in the queue that weren’t mentioned today. Unlike the typical “state of the union” address in which Jobs touches on a wide array of software and hardware developments, this keynote was rather focused — so look for lots of peripheral announcements later.

  • Cingular? I’d rather just use it with wifi. (I’m sure I’ll be changing carriers one day, however.)

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    • scott

      “The Apple TV is very cool, but I’m confused. Can I play a DVD on my computer and stream it to my big TV?”

      the answer appears to be no. it looks like this is mainly for streaming whatever is in your itunes library to your tv – so audio and video. if you look at tour on the website, there doesn’t seem to be a section about streaming other content. plus, if you look in the tech specs, it lists:H.264 and protected H.264 (from iTunes Store): 640 by 480, 30 fps, LC version of Baseline Profile; 320 by 240, 30 fps, Baseline profile up to Level 1.3; 1280 by 720, 24 fps, Progressive Main Profile. MPEG-4: 640 by 480, 30 fps, Simple Profile. i’m guessing that at some point, itunes is going to have to support avi and divx. right now, it can’t stream a lot of video formats people have been using for a while.

      the larger question i would have is this – if you have a big screen tv, wouldn’t you have a dvd player?

    • Rex Hammock

      Yest, I have a dvd player and more. I want less. The AppleTV is just more.

    • Hudge

      Screw patents – he shoulda had some trademarks and trademark attorneys workin’ for him:

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