First up, Jim Dalrymple on The Loop:
If you’re like me, you noticed the similarity with the “cheese grater” Mac Pro of years ago, and for good reason. Both machines are similar in the exterior look, and why not, that was a pro machine that worked.
This is one of the things that both surprised and impressed me the most about Monday’s keynote. Apple chose to go with function over form, something they’ve unfortunately seemed to care little for in the past few years. I wonder if this move is the beginning of a shift in their product line where our MacBooks get thicker for better thermal performance and more ports. One can always hope.
Next up, Colin Devroe:
The Mac Pro isn’t for me, but I’m very glad it exists.
This is the point I made on the latest episode of The Bright Pixels Podcast. I’ve never been the target market for the Mac Pro, but I always felt that I needed those people. Furthermore, I needed Apple to care about them because that care always trickled down to me. So yes, this Mac Pro and the new Pro Display XDR is nowhere near a price I can afford, but there’s palpable excitement for the Mac again. That’s good for all Mac users.
Lastly, Mike Haynes on Robot Hive:
It’s nice to see Apple finally bring iTunes behind the shed and put it out of its misery. I couldn’t help but laugh when Craig Federighi said that “customers love iTunes”.
The best part is that even Apple knew this was overdue. It is proven by Craig Federighi’s self-deprecating humor when talking about it. I hope that by separating these different things into three different apps (Apple Music, Apple Podcasts, and Apple TV), it’ll allow their teams to better the experience of the three services.
We see that with how they explained machine learning indexing for podcasts, which will essentially allow for full-text search of podcasts. That’s so exciting! There’s also evidence that they care about Apple TV. But Apple Music has been a little stagnant, and the most significant feature we got this year was synced lyrics. I’m not saying it’s a bad feature, but it deserves more love than that.
It was a jam-packed keynote, and I feel a renewed excitement about being an Apple customer.