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Apple’s “big” little announcements

by on Jan.09, 2007, under General

Ok, so had to repost a comments on apple 's new product announcements.  Let's just say I'm underwhelmed.

On the iPhone – that's an impressive devise, but the price (particularly since it requires the 2 year contract), with data plan also required, makes it unfeasable.  Particularly without an expansion port such as an SD slot.  However, if development for it is doable, then it becomes FAR more interesting.  If you could program your own content, games, etc. then this is the Nokia 800 on crack.  Either way though, there's not enough information to tell whether this has enough features, clean enough interface, ease of development, to outweigh the tremendous costs.

The iTV thing is useless.   TOTALLY useless.  There's a few cases where it becomes a consideration – if it does a pull vs. a push system.  If the only media it displays has to be pushed to it, save the time & money and buy a Mac MINI or some other device that can handle external storage.  I don't intend to buy a device and then have to get up, walk to my bedroom to turn on my computer to stream stuff to my living room.  If it had more harddrive space or could use an external harddrive, then perhaps syncing my library would be worthwhile.  However, I've already got over 40gb of music, pictures, and video, which makes the thing pretty useless for the price for what I do.

The only other way the iTV could become useful is as an integrated media library – and that gets into the extra storage mentioned above.  This would require supporting external harddrives.  Even then though, it's limited in functionality, without having DVR abilities or a lot more functionality than listed.  If the thing supported external harddrives, then syncing the media from my desktop, ripping my dvd library to it, etc. etc., then that would be worthwhile, because I dont' have to dig through piles of CD's or go to half a dozen places to find my information – it's all in one place, easily browsable.

SO, the iTV is kinda worthless without some serious modifications and external harddrive support.  Maybe only half worthless if it does pulls instead of pushes.  The iPhone could rock, could suck, depending on interface, pricing, and how well development works for it (I still say it needs an expansion slot!).

Here's the thing to keep in mind too – I love apple products, having replaced my old windows desktop with an iMac and a Powerbook, but these products were just a total disappointment from what they could have produced.  PARTICULARLY for the price/feature comparison and particularly for the big hype that Apple produced over these products.  The jury is still out on the iPhone, but the iTV is a waste in my opinion.

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