Anybody miss the old days?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by xwing1971, Mar 7, 2006.

  1. xwing1971 macrumors member

    Jul 13, 2004
    Gulf Coast
    You know? About 1997-about 2003, when every keynote was something BRAND NEW! Like, "today we're introducting itunes", or "the imac" or "ipod". Now, the keynotes are "here's the same mac with a new chip, or a smaller ipod." I guess I just miss the must-have feel of the old days, when you knew whatever the 'one more thing' was, it was going to blow your mind. I'm not really complaining, but I just wish they'd do something new again, instead of updating current stuff. Of course, I have the same complaint with Hollywood right now.
  2. miloblithe macrumors 68020


    Nov 14, 2003
    Washington, DC
    We did get iWeb, Pages, and Aperture in the last few years.
  3. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    Don't forget spotlight. Spotlight was exciting.
  4. xwing1971 thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 13, 2004
    Gulf Coast
    I guess that's why I'm hoping for something BIG soon. Like another "We now have the fastest personal computer" or something. You know April 1st is coming soon. :)
  5. Peyton macrumors 68000


    Feb 2, 2006
    Well, other than the immenant (sp?) video ipod, a preview of leopard, new powermac cases (my guess) updated ibook form, universal pro apps, and overhaul to intel, 2006 really is the year of transition for apple. Sure they have to keep ipods fresh for christmas, but this year is taking a ton of effort to get the new chips transitioned.

    As for NEW THINGS, I can see them coming, but at a slower rates. How many other types of media can you make an iTunes equivalant for? It really is perfect given the technology of today (download times etc).

    I think SJ said it best in an interview after macworld 2006, 'we don't know how to make them any better' (or something very close) refering to form factors. The best example I can think of is the colors, how can you improve on the aluminum and white? I mean, white isn't exactly my cup o tea, but really, they have achieved a level of simplicity, and IMO perfection, that is hard to top, and to completely revelutionize everything again. It takes new technology to do that though, ie LCDs from CRTs, what a difference that made for the iMac.

    But I'm in your boat, bring on the wow factor again.
  6. Spanky Deluxe macrumors 601

    Spanky Deluxe

    Mar 17, 2005
    London, UK
    Tiger's amazing too. When I first saw the dashboard I was hooked. Strangely when I first saw Tiger my first impressions were dashboard, wow, expose... er, ok, whatever. Now although I do use the dashboard its use is nothing when compared to the number of times I move my mouse to the shortcuts for expose.
  7. mvc macrumors 6502a


    Jul 11, 2003
    Desktops are over. Laptops are over. The new buzz will only come in handhelds or some class of devices that we have yet to see.

    And also in amazing software. Software, as a rule, sucks totally, and is today, and always has been, the key limit to growth of computing as a world changing technology. Much more so than mere processor speed etc.

    IF we had had software progress at the rate we experienced technology progress over that last two decades, we would all be talking to HAL right now. Instead, MS Word (as one example) is if anything, slower and harder to use that in was originally.

    To achieve this growth in software sophistication and speed of development we need some form of automation/industrialisation/scientific revolution to replace the handicraft that currently is software creation, and I don't mean OOP, RAD or Patterns, thought the latter has some slight promise.
  8. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    Have y'all forgotten iPod Socks already? :rolleyes:

    Is there a single greater accessory/contribution to mankind?
  9. miloblithe macrumors 68020


    Nov 14, 2003
    Washington, DC
    Also, if you want to really enjoy the surprise and exctement of new Apple products announced at events, stop visiting mac rumor sites. Endles speculation isn't exactly going to make the events fresh.
  10. Chundles macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    The leather case.

    I certainly don't miss the real old days of the classic OS - I hated 7, 8 and 9. Actually, I find 10.2 hard to use.

    For the next MWSF I'm staying well away from here and then "watching" it all unfold on - it's a lot of fun watching and waiting for a new line to appear

    "new Intel iMac, $1499"
    "Steve Jobs scratches nose"
    "takes a sip of water and...."
    "has a bit of a cough"
    "he's walking over to the desk to reveal...."
    "a new bottle of smart water, he pulls the cap off, clears his throat...."
    " more thing"
    "today Apple is announcing a revolutionary new product that will make all your lives more exciting and fun, presenting the Apple...."

  11. SpookTheHamster macrumors 65816


    Nov 7, 2004
    I have to say I agree with you. When they first announced the Intel transition I was thinking "Wow, I wonder what the new computers will look like", when it's just the same old case. That's fine for the PowerMac, which is a sexy beast, but I'm getting bored of looking at the same old PowerBooks/MBPs. I want to see a new look, maybe a nod to the old TiBooks, or the Black PB G3s (but with the Apple the right way up)

    Recently Apple has been holding huge events for things they would have just slipped onto the store in the past.

    I'm not feeling the whole handheld vibe, it's been tried again and again, but handhelds will never take over from desktops or laptops. Not enough power, not fast enough to write on, too small (I could go on). I'd love an Apple tablet, though, drawing diagrams in a lecture would be a breeze.
  12. eXan macrumors 601


    Jan 10, 2005
    lol :D
  13. xwing1971 thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 13, 2004
    Gulf Coast
    Well, if they start using that touch screen input device, that would be neat! Something totally new. And, I like the virtual keyboard from the desk in the Tron movie! :)
  14. FocusAndEarnIt macrumors 601


    May 29, 2005
    Wha..? What about the Mac mini? The most affordable Mac! Apple is doing TONS of stuff right now. C'mon. :rolleyes:
  15. mrgreen4242 macrumors 601


    Feb 10, 2004
    I'm hoping that the MS Origami thingy will help push Apple to make the iPod video touch-screen device more than an iPod/portable video player.

    You know, like a Newton. :)
  16. Max on Macs macrumors 6502

    Max on Macs

    Feb 25, 2006
    Milton Keynes, UK
    While I agree that it is very nice to see an all new product, it's very important that existing products are kept current and get better, too.

    Things I've liked are Dashboard, Spotlight, Front Row with Intel Mac mini (awesome for TV media systems as I'm setting up shortly) and the new MacBook Pro I ahd the pleasure of getting today. And I think the most important thing right now is getting the rest of the Mac line switcheed to Intel and getting all software ported.
  17. xwing1971 thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 13, 2004
    Gulf Coast
    I liked the Mac Mini, but I wish they'd put in a tivo functionality to it. I bet they had to cowtow to the tv and movie studios.

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