Mac user angst

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by hkriffraff, Jun 28, 2004.

  1. hkriffraff macrumors regular

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    This is my first year as a Mac user and I’m getting accustomed to having to look forward to big events hoping that something I want will be released. So far the year has been a disappointment… the iPod mini release was at first exciting, but as an “international” customer, it seems I’ll have to wait until the thing is outdated before I have any chance of getting one.

    Then I was hoping for the new iPods, but nothing at WWDC. Does this mean that the earliest possible release will be the Paris expo? Another gripe is the unreasonable price of a .Mac subscription - which mostly includes features I have no use for, but now seems more and more necessary to get all the touted OS features.
     
  2. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    You can thank Hitachi for the lack of iPod Minis. They didn't forecast properly, so there aren't enough hard drives. Still, they approved an expansion--for December. I suppose if Apple is willing to go with 5 GB drives from Seagate, they could alleviate the problem but not totally eliminate it.

    I'm not sure why Apple would introduce updated iPods at WWDC but there should be a revision within a couple of months.

    As far as .Mac goes, I haven't seen much in it, so I haven't tried it. The virus protection may be necessary some day soon, but that's the only thing of value.
     
  3. 3-22 macrumors regular

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    I feel your pain... I'm coming up on a year with my new Mac and the novelty is starting to wear off. Now that most of the apps and hardware (iTunes, iPod, etc.) I like are Windows compatible it's not such a requirement to have Mac.

    The announcements today were disappointing. Nothing in tiger seems all that revolutionary, and as a developer it was pretty weak for a developer conference announcement. They also appear to be getting higher and higher prices, perhaps targetting the professional market but that eliminates me.

    Oh well, maybe I'm just going through the 1 year "itch"...
     
  4. Duff-Man macrumors 68030

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    Duff-Man says....it is a *developer* conference - not the place for them to introduce their *consumer* line of products. More new stuff is surely coming...remember - they do not just use these shows for product introductions, they also have their own press events whenever they want. The iPod was originally intoducted at a special Apple Event remember.....oh yeah!
     
  5. hkriffraff thread starter macrumors regular

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    WWDC may be a developer conference, but the Jobs Keynote was nevertheless a major PR event. So doesn’t it stand to reason that any major product launches wont’ happen in the reasonably near-future if they didn’t happen at WWDC?
     
  6. tjwett macrumors 68000

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    what, aren't you excited to get into some serious javascript and start developing some really neat "Widgets"? :rolleyes:

    yeah Apple, way to get the developers all charged up!
     
  7. Mudbug Administrator emeritus

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  8. stoid macrumors 601

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    Maybe nothing revolutionary for a developer, but that Apple is going to include meta-searching like Microsoft scratched from the 2006(7) release of Longhorn...

    Apple is including a service that THE LARGEST software team on the planet could not write given even a year or two more time. That's pretty damn exciting at least.
     
  9. iJon macrumors 604

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    personally i didn't find the keynote to excited, but then i watched it. I was able to see spotlight, and the cores in action and i was quite impressed. i dont code so i dont know if thats not exciting or not though.

    iJon
     
  10. hkriffraff thread starter macrumors regular

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    What exactly is .Mac Retail? It still seems on the pricey side! I think Apple should offer a stripped-down, low-cost service for people who don't want anything except the services needed to use OS X functionality (eg, iDisk, Backup).

    With an estimated 25m Mac users worldwide and only 500,000 subscribing (many of these must be switchers trying it out), .Mac subscription is a large and pricey service bundle that makes the rest of us feel left out on our OS functionality.
     
  11. Mudbug Administrator emeritus

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    as opposed to a downloaded or bundled version. Full retail price, not discounted or at an upgrade rate. And unless something super-duper is included in the next release, I won't feel like I'm missing out on anything.
     

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