Below: Two sexy. The new iWork suite and the tempting Mac mini.
For my part, I’m ready with my plate. I was extremely pleased by the way the Keynote went today, at least insofar as it saw the release of a few items that I’ve really been wanting for a long time. Since I lost my iPod, I’ve been in the market for a new one, so it’s nice to have a low cost option. I’m almost always going to be up for improvements to iLife’s iPhoto — with, hopefully, some big-time speed scalability this time — so that goes in the shopping cart straight away. Similarly, the idea of an Apple-authored word processor like Pages is tremendously appealing to me — I’m surely going to pick up a copy of iWork.
Even without Pages, iWork is a tremendously easy sell for me in that it contains Keynote 2, the long-awaited major revision to Apple’s gorgeous presentation program. Last week I wrote about how much I’d been looking forward to a new version of this program which, almost unexpectedly, I’ve been using more and more of over the past year. Most of the advertised improvements seem to be in the category of ‘bells and whistles.’ They all look fantastic, but I’m hoping that, when I get my hands on a copy, it will bear out more much-needed usability improvements like this one.
As for the Mac mini, its US$500-600 price range is incredibly tempting. For my little Manhattan apartment, it would be great to have a new Mac as discreet as this one to use as a central server for my home network. If I start hearing about people successfully installing Mac OS X Server on their Mac minis, I’ll be reaching for my wallet. As an aside: the funniest thing about this new, “headless” Mac is that it is, for all intents and purposes, a resurrection of the Power Mac G4 Cube. That one was five years too early, I guess.