Reaction to today's Apple WWDC conference

My thoughts on the Apple announcements today at WWDC:

  • Macbook upgrades: makes complete sense to make the 13″ models full Pro models. Lower pricing always helps. Love the fact that you can get 8 GB of RAM in these babys now along with a backlit keyboard even in the 13″ model. 7 hour battery is going to be epic for many of us who do not use multiple batteries but suffer through 3-4 hour battery life. SD slot is one of those nice to haves. Whenever my 3+ year old original Macbook finally shows its age, it will be a very nice upgrade to one of these new computers.
  • OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard): I really like how both Apple and Microsoft are really taking a step back and optimizing/bug fixing with their next OS release. The aggressive upgrade pricing by Apple (just $29!) is one heck of a shot across Microsoft’s bow with Windows 7. It will be really tough to charge even $100 for that upgrade. The speed and hard drive footprint improvements are much needed and will be very nice to have. Could even get another year or two out my Macbook based on what I heard.
  • iPhone 3.0 OS: Looks like a great upgrade for a fantastic phone operating system. There are too many features to like on this to write about here, but I really like the idea of the integrated search and the better Safari performance. It is amazing how good this OS has become.
  • iPhone 3GS: The new iPhone hardware offering much better specs and a few really cool features (voice calling and video recording are my favorites). Not enough of a reason for me to upgrade now, but for those original iPhone 2G owners, it is a perfect and huge upgrade for them. I am going to hold out for next year’s iPhone, which hopefully will be available on Verizon’s network…

Overall, I am very pleased with how the announcements today went. Something for everyone.