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Best Mac Year Ever?

by Derrick Story
Mac Newsletter for 12/19/2003

Dear Mac Reader,

Now that we're reasonably sure that Steve is going to speak at Macworld SF, it's time to get the rest of our plans in order for arguably one of the best computer shows in the U.S.

As I think about Macworld, though, I'm having different sentiments this year. And I'd like to take a few minutes to run these thoughts by you.

First, Apple is coming off of an amazing year: the broad acceptance of Mac OS X, the iTunes Music Store, truly useful and integrated Apple software, the invigorated partnership with IBM, and great hardware out the kazoo. Too bad the computer industry doesn't allow companies to celebrate the helluva year they just had instead of demanding what's next. Macworld SF would be a great place to mark the occasion.

New development cycles are well underway at Apple and there will be lots of wonderful stuff appearing up the road. But what about this January? Even the golden goose skips a day now and then.

OK, that's my magnanimous side. Now here's my problem: I don't like the current state of smartphones. It's crazy to replace a phone every six months, like I see a lot of my peers doing. And to tell you the truth, I'm not really impressed with what I see them using.

The Treo 600 showed some promise; that is, until I noticed that it doesn't include Bluetooth. And it doesn't exactly sync seamlessly with my data. I can pick apart every other device in that space too.

If I had a phone that synched via Bluetooth with my Address Book, iCal, and iPhoto -- and one that was software updateable so I wouldn't have to buy a new one six months up the road, I would buy it. Apple can bring some sanity to this market in the same way they brought sanity to digital music, laptop computing, Unix on the desktop, and consumer applications.

I know my fellow Mac compatriots also have their wishes -- hopefully, some of them will be answered at Macworld SF. But either way, at the end of this tremendous year in Mac computing, I just want to tip my hat to the developers, engineers, middle managers, tech support staff, sales folks, and the patient saints who man Genius Bars across this great land.

You, and hundreds of others who work for Apple, have provided us with one of the most exciting rides in recent computing history. Thank you.

And whether or not I get that phone I want, Macworld for me is going to be a celebration -- for the year we've had, and for good times to come.

--
Derrick Story
Mac DevCenter Editor

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