What’s next? A 160GB iPod.
I watched Steve Jobs give his keynote speech at the Worldwide Developers Conference the other day. I always enjoy watching his presentations. Anyway, he had a couple of interesting things to say. He talked a lot about the switch to Intel processors. What was interesting is that Apple already have Mac OS X running on Intel processors. According to Jobs Mac OS X has been leading a double life over the last 5 years. Since the inception of Mac OS X, Apple have always had it running on Intel “just in case”, as he put it. Apple plan on shipping Macs with Intel inside by June 2006.
The next version of Mac OS X will be called Leopard and will be released around the same time as Microsoft’s Longhorn operating system in late 2006 or early 2007.
What was interesting was that Jobs demoed a new version of iTunes that allows you to search, and subscribe to, podcasts directly from the iTunes store. According to Jobs they already have a directory with 8000 podcasts available for download. There will be no charge for subscribing to podcasts. I find this impressive. When you consider that podcasting first appeared around August of last year (I started listening around October 2004) it’s pretty impressive that a large corporation like Apple has taken notice so soon and have already incorporated podcasts into their products, namely iTunes. Perhaps this is why Apple is doing so well at the moment: it listens to what people want. Microsoft would do well to take note of this.