Some Exciting Apple Innovation

Check out the up to the minute reporting of Apple World Wide Developers Conference by Engadget.

While what was announced is exciting (see list of highlights below) there are still a few more secret features to also look forward to and speculate about.

Summary of OSX Leopard features:

  1. 64-bit top to bottom
  2. Core animation
  3. Universal access
  4. Enhanced parental controls (which we didn’t talk about)
  5. We didn’t get a chance to talk about iCal but iCal is going multiuser
  6. The complete package (Update: This refers to making Photobooth and Frontrow capabilities generally available as part of the OS)
  7. Enhanced mail
  8. Enhanced spotlight
  9. Dashboard
  10. You saw Web Clip and Dashcode
  11. Today we are announcing Xcode 3 at the afternoon session.
  12. Spaces a whole new way of working with our Macs.
  13. And of course, Time Machine.

What makes it easier to get enthusiastic about these announcements is that Apple’s record for delivering features and shipping on time is reliable.

The most significant features for me are enhanced mail with todos, iCal multiuser, ichat theater, webclip and dashcode, and time machine. Spaces sounds interesting for enhancing productivity. There was a rumour that ichat interworking with MSN and Yahoo would be announced but nothing on that yet. Not all of these features are new innovations and some are quite frankly catch-up but they are still exciting nevertheless because of the promise of ease of use and integration on a services level. There is a lot to look forward to.

One thing I would like to see is confirmed support or even a statement of direction regarding Open Data Format support. This is important to avoid obsolescence and lockin especially for future releases of iWork and iLife. I also hope that the developers conference will have some announcements on plain old support and community development since there have been recent news of forum support being eliminated and Open Darwin folding. More on that in an essay I am writing on switching, obsolescence, and Open Standards.

Update: A new Apple Open source site has been created.

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