Disappointed by Apple product announcements

Watched the “live” aggregated text feed of the Apple “fun new things” announcement this morning on, and frankly, I’m a little disappointed.

The new Intel Core Solo and Core Duo Mac Mini looks great, but the price bump ($599 for Core Solo, $799 for Core Duo), and the fact that you still only get 512MB RAM and an 80GB drive on the base high end machine puts it past my impulse buy range.

They announced leather cases for the iPod and Nano for $99, with no access to the screen or the controls. What the heck? I’m using an awesome aluminum case on my iPod 5G 60GB from (more on this soon – photos and a review!) that’s only $25. And I thought that Vaja made expensive cases. At least you can use the iPod in a Vaja case.

The last announcement was the iPod Hi-Fi – a fancy dock/speaker system. Supposed to sound great, and can be powered by 6 D-cell batteries, costs $349. It can act as a Universal Dock, and let you control the iPod with the Apple Remote, but what are you going to connect the dock to if it’s already hooked up to speakers? Again, too spendy and not enough functionality for my taste.

After all that, Steve Jobs said “thanks for coming, see you soon!” and left the stage. No big “one more thing” surprise, nothing. Kind of surprising for His Steveness, but there it is. I wonder if all the hype around Microsoft’s Origami Project sapped some of the excitement and hype from Apple this time?


Sign up with TextPayMe, get $5 free, help me earn an Xbox 360

Some of my blogger friends (like Chris Pirillo) have been talking a lot about a new service called TextPayMe, that lets you send PayPal-like payments to people using SMS text messages. So you can split your dinner bill among friends, or whatever else you need.

When you sign up for an account, they’ll give you $5 free in your account (just like PayPal did in the early days).

In addition, if you sign up through the affiliate link below, and I get 36 people to do so, I’ll get a free Xbox 360.

I figure there have to be at least 36 of you that are interested in getting $5 free, so help a geek out, and clicky clicky! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Mac Book Pro – Ready to Go

Mac Book Pro – Desktop, originally uploaded by JoshB.

Powered on, booted up, past setup, and sitting at the desktop, ready to go!

You can see the rest of the photos of the unboxing ceremony (25 total) in this photoset on Flickr.

Thanks to Tod for sharing his “moment” with me, and letting me take pictures! ๐Ÿ™‚


Mac Book Pro – Side by Side 3

Mac Book Pro – Side by Side 3, originally uploaded by JoshB.

New Mac Book Pro on the right. Notice there are fewer ports (no modem), and check out the new “ExpressCard/34” slot – it’s definitely not going to be backwards compatible with PCMCIA cards. Way too narrow. And there aren’t any ExpressCard/34 devices out there to buy, except for memory card readers.

Why, Steve? Why?!

Blog – New Mobile Device from Microsoft? is a teaser/guerilla marketing site, registered to Microsoft. As of now, it’s just a Flash movie that shows a little crystaline entity thingy that asks “do you know me? do you know what I can do? do you know where I can go? do you know how I can change your life?”.

Scoble says it’s a new device (but he’s under NDA, and can’t say more). Based on the images that play in the movie, that makes sense. Guess we’ll have to wait until 3.2.2006 to find out more. I wonder what it could be? A new ultra-mobile lifestyle PC?

At least there’s an RSS feed, so I don’t have to remember to go back later and check for updates. ๐Ÿ™‚

EDIT: Some sleuths out there in the blogosphere are speculating that it might be National Semiconductor’s Geode “Origami” device:

About the size and weight of a small digital camcorder, the Nationalยฎ Geode ‘Origami’ Mobile Communicator is a flexible unit that folds and unfolds to perform eight popular consumer electronics functions in one easy-to-use device.

Makes sense to me, but I want to state for the record that I have NO information about this device. I’m just speculating with all of the other gadget geeks right now. ๐Ÿ™‚

Could be very cool, or could suck. Who’s going to start the betting pool on whether I’ll buy one or not? ๐Ÿ˜‰


Just Unboxed a Mac Book Pro!

My friend Tod at work is a Mac head, and ordered a Mac Book Pro as soon as the keynote was over.

It arrived today, and he was gracious (and strong willed!) enough to wait until getting into the office to open it, so I could come and gawk and oooh and aaah. ๐Ÿ™‚

We just got back from the “unboxing ceremony”. I’m pulling the photos I took off of my camera now, and they’ll be posted here and on Flickr soon.

Ah, the excitement of vicarious geekiness!

EDIT: You can see photos in this Flickr photo set. More posts and impressions coming soon!