Unlike many other Mac fans, I did not have a work schedule that allowed me time to go to New York for MacWorld 2001. Now that the keynote is over, I am almost glad that that was the case. I think there is a very real possibility that I would literally have started snoring had I been there. A neat, semi-new Power Mac enclosure aside, this was a real slow show, showcasing things we had already seen or which had already been announced long ago.
The Power Mac G4 “Quick Silver” may be the first system ever to be overshadowed by the lack of other products: namely, speed bumps for Apple portables and a new iMac enclosure. But that would be a shame, because the new G4 is one mean machine.
Macworld is host to three major utility announcements for OS X: disk testing and repair with the shipment of Micromat’s Drive 10, the preview of the long-awaited Roxio Toast Titanium for X for data and music CD burning, and the announcement of Retrospect 5 for OS X for backup.
Never before have so many predicted so much about a Macworld keynote’s product introductions and been so wrong. So I decided to take to the Macworld floor and gauge attendees’ reactions to Jobs’ keynote yesterday, to see just what the Mac faithful think.