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Annus Mirabilis

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

All signs point to 2010 being Apple’s annus mirabilis.

The introduction of the iPad is only the beginning. WWDC10 looks like it’s going to be fantastic; typical release cycles seem to point where we’re likely going to see the release iPhone OS 4.0 along with a new iPhone, and the first tidbits of Mac OS X. Additionally, while we have seen something from the iWork team this year, we haven’t seen anything from the iLife team yet.

It’s also worth noting that Snow Leopard featured very few new features and interface changes; I highly doubt that Apple’s designers were paid to do nothing for the entire Snow Leopard cycle. I’m geared up for all kinds of crazy Mac OS X stuff this WWDC.

There’s also the usual array of new hardware announcements; a brief glance at the numbers makes me think we’re in for a wild, wild year on that front as well.

I’ve been following Apple news since the early ’90s1 and I can’t recall ever being as excited about what’s coming next as I am right now.


  1. Basically, as soon as I was old enough to follow news. 

Comments

  1. Bergamot replied on January 27th, 2010:

    The thing is, you could have said the exact same thing at this point in 2007: Intel transition going smoothly, iPhone looked amazing, Leopard on the horizon.

    And you would have been right then too.

    When a company is on the way up, every year can be the best year they’ve ever had.

  2. Alan Hogan replied on January 27th, 2010:

    I highly doubt that Apple’s designers were paid to do nothing for the entire Snow Leopard cycle

    Coming up with the iPhone and iPad UIs don’t count?

    we haven’t seen anything from the iLife team yet.

    I thought I saw photos and the like on the iPad.

  3. Colin Barrett replied on January 27th, 2010:

    @Bergamot: Well, not quite. We knew Leopard was an utter clusterfuck even at this point in 2007 — or at least anyone with seed access did. The WWDC06 build and subsequent seeds were pretty awful. The biggest source of at least developer malaise at this point is the App Store. I’d argue that’s different from previous problems we’ve seen — a bad policy rather than a bad implementation.

  4. Rob replied on January 27th, 2010:

    I remember 8 years ago buying this amazing little gadget Apple had just announced and everyone I showed it to had never heard of it. Oh how things change!