Before I get started, this is a topic I can't quite figure out where to post in fritter. It started out as an Apple related rant, and it, well, mutated into something completely different.
Is anyone else as disappointed with Apple's latest offerings as I am? The new iPod doesn't really impress me. It plays video - whoop de doo! The new iMac, front row and a built in iSight -nice, but not nice enough. The new PowerBooks and higher res screens - yawn. The new Power Macs - ummm, these should have shipped six months ago. Considering that the PowerPC 970 is a Power5 cut in half, the dual core G5 existed before the G5 did - Yawn.
I'm not bashing macs or Apple, but these new products just seem well, less than thrilling. Perhaps it's the fact that I'm an adult now, or the fact that I have a 2004 model PB G4 15" (which still isn't that much slower than the new model) and a 60gb iPod that makes new models that are marginally better not so exciting. I remember being excited about new products, like when the Titaniums came out, the Dual USB iBooks, and what I remember to be the last really exciting product announcement - the aluminum 12 and 17 inch models in January 2003.
I realize that the intel switch is coming soon, and that these are "let's have something to sell in the meantime" products, but come on guys, can't you give us something a little bit more exciting or innovative? Though, we've climbed one mountain and don't know what the next one is. In some respects I am at a similar point in my life. All the goals I made for myself while in high school have been achieved with one exception - completing college, which isn't an option for at least another year. I've done everything I set out to do, and am looking for the next big thing. I'm looking for another mountain to climb, and can't figure out where to go. I guess this is the downside of setting expectations too low and overachieving.
Has anyone else been through this? The moment when you've completed those goals you set out, and don't know what to do next.