Monday, August 07, 2006

WWDC 2006 Keynote Over

They Stevenotes over and done, new Macs were introduced, and Leopard was previewed. If you weren't at the show, you can look at the features previewed here: Leopard Preview. I would say Apple showed the bare minimum necessary during the presentation. I am very excited about what I saw, especially Time Machine. MS has had Shadow Copies/Previous Versions for years. Could anything highlight the difference more between MS and Apple? MS names something so cryptically and makes it so hard to use, as a tab on the properties of a folder, that it's nearly an obscurity and not many people use it. Apple implements the same idea buts names it Time Machine, people can easily remember this, implement it for everything, and then the UI, its fantastic, gorgeous use of 3D while being actually helpful in finding what you are looking for. Look at the video here. That said, you know there is more in Leopard than what is shown either on the preview site or during the keynote. They didn't even show Safari for one, you know work is being done their, the comparison to Vista I think is telling. I don't think there is really any way Apple shows how MS has ripped off whole app layouts and OS look and feel and not be planning on a UI overhall. I may be wrong, but the whole "Top Secret" slide in the keynote wasn't there for no reason. The one thing really not demoed was Xcode 3.0, and the preview site makes me want it now. Objective-C 2.0 will have garbage collection: confirmed! Project snapshots - you save your code just like a video game! Xray looks killer. Spring 2007 can't get here soon enough.