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MacWorld, not all wrong, not all to be redone

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"Undertone", "insignificant", "disappointing", even "useless". The negative adjectives on the MacWorld which has just closed have been wasted in recent days. At the center of the controversy, above all, the decision by Apple to present simple updates of its hardware, not the revolutionary flat-screen iMac and liquid crystal.In reality those who argue in this way, while having some elements to support his thesis, runs the risk of forgetting many things about the recent MacWorld which offered elements of sure interest, especially in the future prospect.Firstly New York told us that Apple is serious, almost obstinate, in pursuing the choices made with the transition to MacOs X and in doing so also tries to listen to its users. Did most of them complain of poor Os speed? Well, here is that MacOs 10.1 provides incredible speed to the finder and application launch. Have users asked for more flexibility in the interface? Here Apple offers the repositionable dock. Are they asking for more compatibility with peripherals? Here comes a function that automatically recognizes digital cameras and loads them as external disks, here are drivers for practically all printers. Of course we can complain that it will not be available immediately but there is no denying that Cupertino has sent a strong signal of its willingness to adapt the new OS to what users are asking for. And given the precedents of Jobs and Apple itself, we are not faced with anything. How can we not define of great relevance, then, the fact that the vast majority of the developers present at the Expo have exposed their plans for MacOs X? There was a bit of everything, from large hardware manufacturers, such as Canon, HP and Kodak, to end up with those who work in the sector of adapters and consumer peripherals, passing through the major software houses. If in the not-too-distant past the main concern of Mac users and the specialized press has always been that of the lukewarm support offered to the new OS by third parties, this fear should be definitively dispelled and in this perspective the MacWorld of New York was a At MacWorld Expo we also learned that Apple's new OS is an operating system against which many software producers who once had not shown great warmth towards Cupertino look with interest. This is the case, for example, of Alias ​​| Wavefront according to which, as we will write in a future article "MacOs X a fantastic system, an operating system in which we strongly believe, a platform that will help us spread our applications". Since Maya one of the few applications in the world to justify the purchase of a computer, we cannot even say that we are dealing with low-weight declarations in this case, but even if we come to Apple hardware you can glimpse things of a some interest. Leaving aside the iMac case, which will also be the subject of our next article, the company of Apple, although without fanfare, has presented a renewal of the G4 that could represent the principle of a turning point.First of all, Apple returned with conviction on the biprocessor. The 533 MHz version of San Francisco, located in a questionable list position and with a little processor that was not the top of the range, was little more than a fetish that served to not contradict the statements of six months earlier. Now instead the G4 placed at the top, almost to explicitly declare the reaffirmed belief that with the turning point on MacOs X really "two brains are better than one", two brains are better than one. We would not be surprised if in the future we will have more and more dual machines and fewer single processors that could also remain the prerogative of consumer machines. The new G4 have also announced that the MPC 7450 is making progress, growing in MHz. It cannot be overlooked that in six months, Motorola's processor has jumped nearly 70% in performance. Just before January 10, the Pro machines were in fact blocked at 500 MHz. This could mean that within another six months the MPC will exceed GHz which would be news of great marketing impact. If you think about how many criticisms, even from this site, have rained on Motorola for the immobility of the last few months, it can certainly not be said that this is not a news worthy of note.Finally, Apple has reaffirmed its will to be protagonist in the digital age, of the one in which computers and other home devices for audio and video reproduction will become more and more one. And he did it with an update of iDVD that was applauded by all the press and with the diffusion also to other models that is not the top of the range of the DVD burner. Cupertino bets on this path and pursues a coherent design that is involving the entire industry. The fact that Jobs has remained consistent with this line seems to us another of the good news collected in New York. In short, perhaps the MacWorld of New York will not remain engraved in our memory as one of the most memorable ever; not the MacWorld 98, the iMac launch one or the 1999 iBook presentation. But surely, once the disappointment of the non-presentation of the iMac LCD has passed, many of the all-round critics could be forced to review their positions and refer to the future steps forward that Apple will make precisely at the MacWorld Expo in New York 2001 as a term of comparison.