The MacWorld ’09 Keynote

MacBook Pro 17-inch 2009
As everyone knows by now, Apple just announced iLife ’09 and iWork ’09, at least I think that is what they announced. I’m not really excited enough to check my facts. There was also a new 17-inch MacBook Pro (real big surprise).

Apple MacBook Pro MB471LL/A 15.4-Inch Laptop (2.53 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor, 4 GB RAM, 320 GB Hard Drive, Slot Loading SuperDrive)

Why nobody is hauling Apple over the coals for these non-announcements is beyond me. Updates like these are announced by sending out press releases, they do not deserve a Keynote spot (just maybe a footnote).

There was a big deal made about face recognition software, sorry Apple but this is old news, you are just repackaging something camera manufacturers have been offering for years. GPS integration, again you are about four years or more late out of the gate. A lot of hoopla was also made about hooking up with social networking sites. Good for you Apple, you finally saw the light.

I am happy that you are finally offering all these great improvements, but to be honest I stopped using iPhoto about five years ago. Before that I was your number one iPhoto evangelist (unofficial), but I got tired of working with a software package that was obviously aimed at Silicon Valley families with three and a half kids in grade school and had no relevance to the needs of professionals and advanced amateur photographers.

(I know that Apple has Aperture for high end photographers, but this application is also not ideal for all photographic applications and not very well suited to single-screen portable use.)

And one more thing. The 17-inch MacBook Pro looks nice, but once again you blew it with the battery. You guys (Apple) keep building devices that fit perfectly into, your San Francisco bay area lives. My reality is that I am dragging a 17-inch Mac laptop around with me in the jungles and mean streets of third world countries. There is no glass and steel Genius Bar for me to go to for help. I need a removable (and a spare) battery.

The biggest problem with this (last) MacWorld Keynote is really what was left out. The future road for Macintosh computers. Where are you guys headed?