It's a very cool technology, but I guess I am pleasantly surprised that Apple is taking it forward. The standard has been ready for prime time for over two years now. Some were already predicting its death, considering it had been around but not adopted.
I love that Apple takes chances on things like Bluetooth. Unfortunately, most of the M$/Wintel world is unaware of (or afraid of) innovation. I hope this isn't another uphill battle...
Maybe this will be more like 802.11B. Apple took the lead with that wireless technology. Perhaps everyone was just sitting on the sidelines waiting for Apple to take the leap here.
It is cool. I hope it takes. I'd love a bluetooth coffeemaker or VCR--or to be able to sync my iPod when I walk into the room. Apple can pull it off...(fingers crossed)
If you look at Apple's website where it discusses the Bluetooth , you'll see that they say it is for "Peripherals".
PDA (Apple mentions the PALM),
and lots and lots of batteries,
unless built into some of the new systems are a sort of docking slot. So that when you are done with the keyboard, you slide it into the base of the computer and it recharges the keyboard battery... same with the mouse... just a thought.
I'm so glad that this was announced at tmw... I have been waiting for a way to use my Ericsson t39 with my iBook for wireless internet access. the problem was that before now, i could only use a usb cord which cost $100US+ and was pretty pathetic (unreliable connections, 9.6K only, os 9 only).
Kudos to apple!!! You have answered my prayers!
btw, any news on whether the bluetooth link will work on older machines (powerbook g3, in particular)... if anyone knows, plz post!