I know this is an eBook blog and that our tech talk is limited primarily to eBook related tech, but today is one of the biggest days in the year from a geek standpoint. And being one of the biggest geeks here at Free-eBooks.net, I wanted to talk for just a few minutes about today’s excitement. I ask for your indulgence, please – whilst I wax geek.
Today is the launch of Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in California. Traditionally, this conference was directed at developers who are interested in the new offerings from Apple from a development standpoint. It’s where developers get a week to play with new products and send feedback to Apple. Within the last few years, however, the public has mainly been focused on the opening day of WWDC and the all-popular keynote address.
It is during these few hours that the world hears about all the newest toys that Apple Inc. is sharing with the world.
The biggest announcement this year from my viewpoint, is the new thin MacBook Pro with a larger-than-ever-before solid state drive. What does that mean in non-geek-speak? A computer so light and so fast that the word lightening comes to mind when you feel and use it. I’ve been working on a MacBook Air for a few months because I made the decision to go with light and fast over larger storage and powerful graphics. I’ve not regretted it because I have a desktop machine that is perfectly capable of storing and editing my photos or playing games or watching movies.
The MacBook Pro, however, is like a desktop when it comes to features and capabilities. In fact, a lot of people I know and have read about use their MacBook Pro as their main and only machine. You can attach a keyboard and a monitor and make it into a desktop machine very easily. Today’s announcement implies that you can now have the best of both worlds – light and fast with enough hard disk space and graphics power to be your only machine. That’s huge.
The other big announcement for me? iOS gets turn by turn navigation … finally. It has been the one big jaw-dropping gap in Apple’s mobile platform since almost day 1. To get turn by turn navigation on your iPhone, you have to purchase an app from a third-party developer. Android has native turn by turn navigation and most Android fans talk very loudly about that when it comes to comparison arguments.
If you’re as big a geek as I am and you followed the WWDC launch this morning, tell me what were the biggest announcements for you? Even if you didn’t follow it and are catching up on what was announced later today or tomorrow – I’d love to hear about it.