In the middle of the world's longest week, sitting in on a sales training class at Aperio, and doing a few hundred other things in parallel :) but of course I have time to make a filter pass...
Last night we took our sales team to Dodger Stadium - aka the Center of the Universe - to watch the Phillies beat the Dodgers. Final score hot dogs 3 beers 5. A great time was had by all.
And so Apple announced:
- They have shipped 120M iOS devices. Wow.
- iOS 4.1. Bug fixes (!), HDR photos, HD upload, TV rentals, Game Center. Yawn.
- iOS 4.2 (for iPad). iOS 4.1 stuff + Airplay media streaming. So be it.
- Redesigned iPod Shuffle. Cute. So be it.
- New iPod Nano. Touchscreen! But no camera, and no video. And it is *not* an iOS device. Huh.
- New iPod Touch. Retina display, front and back cameras, Facetime, HD video recording. An iPhone4 without the phone. Expected, but nice.
- iTunes 10 with "Ping" social network. Interesting, this I could see using myself... what are my friends listening to, and how do they like it? Also interesting, they changed the logo to get rid of the CD. Hah.
- ...and one more thing... A new AppleTV! Teeny, cheep ($99), no internal disk, rental only. New UI but not an iOS device, no apps. Interesting.
A classic Jobsnote, enjoyed watching/listening to the master :) it was notable that he alluded to some failures or non-successes too; the bug fixes in iOS, bringing buttons back on the shuffle, AppleTV being a "hobby". It worked.
ArsTechnica posted their usual nice overview of the announcements.
[Update: Ping is a big disappointment. It might get better, but right now I have no friends, and there's no there there.]
In the real world, worst August for stocks since 2001, not to mention problem bank list climbs to 829. So much for that "Summer of Recovery", huh?