WWDC 2016 – Last Minute Thoughts from a MacBook Pro user.
I have been quiet for quite some time because Apple Computer does not seem to care about computers (or computer users) any more. I bought my last MacBook Pro in 2011 and quite frankly I have seen no need to upgrade since then. I do upgrade my System and Applications software quite religiously, but the incremental upgrades in computer hardware have not really excited me.
I travel quite a lot so my personal computer is a MacBook Pro 13 inch. I wish it could be lighter than the computer I have, but I usually have most my ports plugged into something so the MacBook Air and MacBook versions have never appealed to me. I also spend a lot of time on bumpy roads and in hot countries (Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, Laos, etc.) so I do not feel like taking chances (I need the 4WD version of the Mac, not the mini-compact).
I am a photographer who uses full frame cameras and processes his images on the road, so a tablet, phablet, or any kind of “personal digital device” is of no use to me (for photography). I need to be connected to at minimum 3 Terabytes of accessible storage at all times, more would be better. Hybrid drive systems pretty much guarantee a future data access disaster (I am pretty sure of that) and Cloud Storage is of no use at all in a Tropical Rain Storm (or worse).
RUMORS – RUMORS – RUMORS
I know it’s a mirage, so why would I drink my last drop of available water and expect to find more in that glimmering palace on the horizon? Let’s just wait and see what Apple puts on the table at the WWDC – I honestly hope that there will be something that will make me want to become an Apple fan-boy again.
Update just after the event: It is 2:00 AM now where I am and I fell asleep three times during the event – each time I woke up it took me less than a minute to look over what I had missed and I might as well have stayed asleep. Not that all the information wasn’t interesting but I don’t understand why they held the event. The entire event could have easily been distributed in a press release.
Basically they talked for just over two hours about making improvements on their watch, phone and computer operating systems. OSX is now macOS and Siri will now also be on macOS and at least twice as annoying as she is currently. Sorry but I am going back to sleep.
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