Am I just getting jaded? Looking at the announcements from MacWorld today, I’m not seeing much of anything that makes me quiver with anticipation. To wit…
- iTunes 8 – We are on version 8.0.2. There don’t appear to have been any major new features announced. iTunes Plus is now "the norm"? Didn’t this happen a while ago? Hurray that RIAA finally figured out that DRM just doesn’t work but I thought iTunes was already delivering 256k, DRM-free tracks if they were available. Hurray that iTunes now delivers an iPod-friendly copy of a TV show when you buy the HD version but that also means I’m going to need more drive space to hold it all and it’ll take longer to download.
- iLife ’09 – I guess if you use the iLife apps, the enhancements might be good. I use Aperture for photos, Adobe’s Creative Suite for most of my web/print stuff.
- iWork ’09 – This one I’ll buy. My family uses the iWork suite for school and other stuff so I’ll be happy to pay the $99 to upgrade. And I guess I’m interested in iWork.com. What I’d really like is better integration with MobileMe and the iPhone.
- New 17" MacBook Pro – New, faster processor and longer battery. *yawn* I’m not thrilled with the whole glossy screen detour or the trackpad-minus-button thingy but mostly, I’m not in the market for a new MBP.
No new iPhone announcement? How about MobileMe or Aperture? What about news on Snow Leopard? I confess I have not watched the Key Note speech so maybe there is some nugget that’s going to make me excited but I’m not hopeful. Or perhaps the giant leaps we’ve seen in the last few years set my expectations too high. I know this is Apple’s last year at MacWorld and that the notion of trade shows is passé at best. Guess I was just expecting a bigger finish.