Here’s part 2 of my round-of of the year’s Mac news and opinions here at the Mac Devcenter blog. If you missed Part 1, here it is.
Apple was conspicuously absent from the news this month. Reports began to emerge about weird discolorations on new MacBooks. Some people began to suspect that a MacBook was a better Windows dev computer than a PC.
After years of moaning about desktop email clients, I switched to Gmail as my primary email interface. Still no regrets.
My first rant about .Mac was by no means the only one of the year, on our site or on anyone else’s. There seems to be a consensus that it needs changing, or ditching, and soon. No sign of that happening just yet though. Erica wrote the earliest Christmas list I saw this year.
The hype machine was switched back on with a mysterious invite to a “Showtime” event on September 12. A few days beforehand, Apple got some hardware upgrades out of the way with improved specs for iMacs and Mac minis.
Showtime itself was all about movies, iPods, iTunes 7, iTV, and “media stuff”. Oh, and iPod games. Chuck pointed out that he wouldn’t buy any iTV device that wouldn’t record. And Scot made an interesting observation about downloading cover art.
Eudora’s planned Cocoa release was axed, and the announcement made that it would be re-written using code from the Thunderbird project. Alan gave us insights into the Office 2.0 conference. Lawyer Larry Bodine attracted some interest, a lot of links, and a fair amount of criticism (to put it mildly) with his anti-Mac post.
Apple announced a new version of .Mac webmail with some nice new features, but they weren’t enough to keep Todd on board.
And here we are at the end of the year.
There’s a lot to look forward to in 2007, rumored, imagined and predicted. Even if what transpires is half as interesting as the rumors, we’re in for an exciting year ahead.
Merry Christmas to you all, and enjoy a happy and peaceful New Year.