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    Adam is the founder of BEEDOCS, an artisan software company that makes great timeline software for Mac OS X.

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What I'm looking for in Steve's Keynote

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Tomorrow at 10am is Steve Jobs' WWDC keynote. I thought I'd take a moment to tell you what I'll be on the lookout for...

  1. Convergence
    A longer term trend I have been watching is convergence of the mobile and desktop operating systems. Of course, this has been talked about in the Java and Microsoft worlds for some time but I think that we are getting to that point in history where the lines really start to get blurry between different categories of devices. Though everyone has been trying, I think Apple will be the one who will finally ignite our imaginations at the boundaries of previous categories. My gut says the iPhone is only "step one" in the same way that iTunes was only step one of the music revolution.

  2. Blinking Lights
    The thing I want most from the next iPhone is not 3G, Video Conferencing, GPS, blah blah blah. What I want is some little LED lights that let you know at a glance whether you have any new e-mails of phone calls. My Sidekick had a great light that would do different flashing color patterns based on the number of type of messages you had. Doesn't the Blackberry do the same thing? Why do I need to wake up the iPhone to see if I have any new messages? It doesn't have to be big light... a tiny little LED like the iPod Shuffle has would be fine... Please?!?

  3. 3rd Party iPhone Apps
    I'm sure we'll be seeing some 3rd party iPhone apps in the Keynote. I can't wait to see what the development community is working on. As a developer, I'll be looking out for holes of opportunity as well.

  4. Announcements that will lead to more Mac OS X market share
    My success will always be a subset of the platform's success, so I hope to see announcements in the Keynote that show how Apple is going to take it's current momentum to rock the Mac market share numbers in the coming year or two. If the iPhone is the only thing talked about, I will be disappointed but I am cautiously optimistic Jobs will spend 45 min talking about the iPhone and then change the subject to Mac OS X (if they aren't so converged as to be the same subject).

  5. Mac Market Share Gains
    I'm very interested to hear the latest numbers on Mac market share and Leopard usage in particular. Everything points to huge gains, but each year I like to see one of those charts that goes off the page.

  6. High Density Displays
    Apple has been pushing developers to build resolution independent applications. Isn't it about time we saw some hardware to go along with that technology? Don't you think? Maybe at least one one pro-level display with a high density display... I would be first in line for one.

Well that is my list for Santa (Steve Jobs). What are you hoping to see in the WWDC Keynote this year?


Blogger TitaKiniJune 10, 2008 2:10 PM

So, I'm interested in what you thought of Steve's Keynote? No blinking lights, but gee, a few of your wishes were answered.

Blogger Adam BehringerJune 10, 2008 2:36 PM

I would have liked to see more Mac announcements, but I'm hoping to attend MacWorld this year so I've got my fingers crossed that there will be some great Mac hardware and software announcements then.

The new iPhone looks good. It isn't really cheaper when you factor in the raised price of the data service, but I think the improvements make sense. My wife and I have been sharing an iPhone, so we'll probably get one of the new ones too.

MobileMe looks like a nice improvement to .Mac. I use the syncing in .Mac all of the time to keep my home and downtown office synchronized so it will be nice to have it push faster and sync with the phone over the air. I'm wondering how Gallery videos are going to fit into the MobileMe service.

All in all, nice evolution of the iPhone but I can't wait for some revolutionary new Macs and some new iWork / iLife / Pro apps.

What I have heard about Snow Leopard sounds promising, but the devil is in the details and I wasn't at the introduction of Snow Leopard so I don't know many details yet.

Blogger TitaKiniJune 10, 2008 3:55 PM

Yeah, the cost of the data service was raised, but is still less than Blacberry ;-) I still think it's not outrageous considering what I get for my money :-)

I thought the keynote was a little thin on announcements, but there are always those special "media events" that occur between WWDC's and Macworld! After all, Christmas is coming and surely there will be some new toys to find under the tree, right?

So, how do I request an enhancement to your Timeline program? I'd really love to buy it but the dealbreaker for me is the iCal implementation. If I choose 2 calendars to import, I'd like to be able to see each calendar as a different row on the same page rather than all the events going into one row. Or at least have the choice. :-)

Blogger Adam BehringerJune 10, 2008 9:45 PM

titakini --

Thank you for the suggestion. For now, you can import two different iCal calendars as separate documents, then use copy and paste to move the events from one document into a chosen row of the second document.

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