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Mon, 11 Jun 2012 Ā«permalinkĀ»

WWDC.

No, I’m not gonna recap what happened. There are a million other blogs out there that can do that for me.

I’ll weigh in a handful of short bullets though.

  • Those new MacBook Pro’s with 2880x1800 displays are nothing short of a game changer and anyone who disagrees is mental.
  • The MacBook Air is now, processor-wise, about as “fast” on paper as a dual core computer I bought around 5 years ago. This computer still runs today, and still runs quite well. It is able to handle tasks such as Photoshop CS5 and can run semi-modern games when running Win7. This computer is a desktop tower. Do not underestimate the MacBook Air, because when you factor in all the other stuff this little guy is probably epochs faster than my old Dell tower.
  • The new AirPort Express, on top of looking sexy, can now accept an Ethernet input. It’s more of a proper base station than just a plug-in bridge now, it seems.
  • Mountain Lion and iOS 6 are just all different sorts of crazy cool. You can deride them for being choked up by gee-whizzes and ribbons but I like where they’re taking their OS’s. I’m very excited. iOS 6 Maps makes Google look bush league.
  • The Mac Pro is dying. Whether that means Apple is completely killing off their product that occupies that niche is another story, but as it stands the Mac Pro as we know it is dying. Maybe as a way to force accessory makers to go all-in on Thunderbolt, or maybe just because they don’t see this market as useful anymore. But the fact that the “new” Mac Pro is still on Bloomfield/Westmere chipsets, still uses aging ATI cards, and doesn’t have any Thunderbolt or USB 3.0 access is a sure sign that the best in its current form will soon be no more.

I’m glad that WWDC is over, if only because the intense rumor-mongering is now over too. Hopefully, we’ll be able to start talking about interesting Apple news again instead of rehashing a bunch of repeated rumors in to the echo chamber.

Happy back to school shopping, friends.