RANDOM THOUGHTS AND MINDLESS CHATTER
Well, I guess some burning questions have finally by answered by the good folks in Cupertino. And I would say that, although some were expected(iOS7), some (a rad new Mac Pro, assembled right here in the US) were a pleasant surprise! And how about 9 & 12 hour battery life from the new Macbook Airs? Wow!
I hope we all have a happy, prosperous new year. Now, what's next from Apple? AppleTV? a watch? No one knows but many are speculating. Wish I could earn a living guessing what new products are going to be introduced this year. I'm sure it's a lot more work than it appears to be!
I agree with this article from our friends at Wired. Some have forgotten Scott's contributions. Read more here.........Why Apple (and You) Might Miss Scott Forstall
I don't recall hearing anything negative about Scott until the Map App debacle. I enjoyed his portion of the presentations more than most of the others'. Phil Schiller is getting better & better though.
We just have to hang in there and see what happens next.
Sorry to rehash my comments from a few days ago but it's very important that you understand this! Be aware! Tomorrow Microsoft rolls out it's latest & greatest OS, Windows 8. You just need to know that there is a vast difference between Windows 8 RT that launches Oct. 26 and Windows 8 Pro.
8 RT will ONLY run on the new tablets such as the Microsoft Surface. Absolutely NONE of your Windows programs will run on it even though it does include it's own version of Office. You will download apps from the Windows store like you do with Apple's iOS devices and Android. That would be OK except you'll find the pickins' slim in the Windows store, at least for now. Hopefully that will change rapidly beause it looks like a good system and gives us another viable alternative to iOS & Android.
The version you're probably thinking of using will be Windows 8 Pro. It is the replacement for the Windows 7 we've come to know & love running on our laptops & desktops for these last few years. These systems are NOT interchangeable! 8 Pro WILL run your legacy programs. Windows 8 Pro will also run on some new tablets, just not Windows 8 RT tablets. Different hardware specs.
These 2 systems are designed to compliment each other. They give you the same "look" across all platforms INCLUDING Windows 8 phones. As far as the phones go, I don't think current Windows phones will run the new system. Phones like the well reviewed Nokia 900.
So, go ahead and try Windows 8 out. Just don't pre-order the RT tablet and expect it to run ANYTHING you currently own. And hope that Microsoft adds RT apps at a breakneck pace to keep up with expectations.
Read more here.......Cheat sheet: Windows 8 vs. Windows RT