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WWDC keynote reaction: Check out our analysis of Steve Jobs's Worldwide Developers Conference keynote address to find out why people are griping about the fact that it sounded a lot like the 2006 WWDC keynote. Even the new Finder failed to drum up excitement. And in reference to the announcement that third-party developers could develop iPhone apps via Safari, one blogger had this sarcastic response: "No shit, sherlock." Meanwhile, Mac geeks were probably even more disappointed to learn that Leopard will not feature Sun's ZFS file system. And while we're lamenting what's not in Leopard, here are 10 more apps that someone would have loved to see make it in.
Not everyone was complaining. Who do you think was the first to lead the "It's OK, Steve, we still love you" charge? None other than Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster.
The "news" contained in the keynote was anticlimactic enough to send Apple shares tumbling by almost 3 percent. Meanwhile, the folks at Parallels were doing the happy dance after learning that Leopard would come with Boot Camp, but that Boot Camp would not be augmented by true virtualization (the ability to run OS X and Windows simultaneously). VMWare is set to announce that its virtualization software, Fusion, will ship in August.
In terms of the big picture, however, at least one analyst echoed our own Rik Myslewski's musings in the Mac|Live podcast No. 11, saying that it's smart for Apple to focus on unifying its user interface across multiple product lines. And despite the relative lack of flashy new features, Leopard stands to whip Vista [free registration required] on sheer elegance and user-friendliness (not to mention straightforward pricing: one version for $129).
Browser war, what browser war? Mac users yawned and shrugged at the news that Safari would be available for Windows, but the news and business media are making hay with it, claiming that Apple has reignited the browser war and unleashed a new secret weapon.
One Windows user was wowed by Safari's speeds, although we're still wondering if part of Apple's browser's secret is the fact that it fails to load key elements of some websites, and flat-out doesn't work on others, such as banking and other sites, particularly those that require ActiveX controls to run properly. And, sadly, running Safari on Windows means it'll become the target of hackers - in fact it already has been.
But not everyone thinks that Apple will lure more switchers by dangling Safari on an iTunes stick in front of the beleaguered Windows-using public. Instead, says Alan Graham of ZDNET, three other things are likely to result, including saving QuickTime, which Graham describes as "slowly dying."
Open-source junkies and Web-development historians should check out this Ars Technica interview with Lars Knoll, creator of KHTML, who was involved with the project that ultimately became the HTML rendering engine for Safari.
Gearing up for the iPhone's U.S. release: Apple has emailed suggestions for getting ready for the iPhone's June 29 U.S. release, including organizing your contacts; signing up for an email account with Yahoo! Mail, Gmail, AOL, or .Mac Mail; and downloading and installing iTunes. Even the short mention of the iPhone at the WWDC keynote seemed to garner more enthusiasm than all of Steve's Leopard "announcements" combined - although some attendees told the LA Times that they were disappointed that there wasn't anything more meaty [free registration required] on Apple's forthcoming smartphone. One wireless analyst is already predicting that the industry will start to think of any developments after June 29 as the ERA AI: After iPhone. Although we assume he doesn't mean the sore butts people will have as a souvenir from camping out in line to buy an iPhone the night of June 28.
Folks in Europe will have to wait a few more months for the iPhone, according to Apple's European chief, Pascal Cagni, and it won't be offered with prepaid plans, which are extremely popular there.
In other news: Apple is in talks to launch an online video rental service, a la Netflix. Rentals could cost $2.99 for 30 days. Raise your hand if you remember playing Oregon Trail on your grade school classroom's Apple II. And we've all heard of the Apple RDF (reality distortion field) - are Steve & Co perhaps taking lessons from the Chinese government?