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001: WWDC Keynote Reflections: Mac Pro, Mavericks, iOS 7

Listen to co-hosts Sam Valencia of HCS Technology Group, Jerry Zigmont of MacWorks, and Joe Saponare of PsiMac discuss our post-WWDC reflections, recorded on June 21, 2013 – the first day of summer and the beginning of our new podcast.

Topics:

  • The new Mac Pro
  • Mavericks
  • iOS 7
  • The next ten years of Apple
  • Mac and iOS vs. Windows 8
  • Iterative innovation or alien technology?
  • Predicting the longterm effects of technology

Show Notes:

Thanks to fellow ACN, Joe Fong, who sent me the Power Mac G4 Cube almost six years ago.

Regarding predicting the pricing of 1 TB of flash storage for the new Mac Pro: upgrading the MacBook Pro 13-inch with Retina display to 768 GB flash storage from 128 GB costs $900 as a CTO option on the Apple Store.

According to Apple's iOS 7 features page: "AirDrop is available on iPhone 5, iPad (4th generation), iPad mini, and iPod touch (5th generation) and requires an iCloud account."

It was Windows 95 that didn't ship with IE or TCP/IP with the default network installation, not Windows XP.

The Steve Jobs story recalled by Joe is told by Andy Hertzfeld at folklore.org. Steve Jobs once motivated an engineer to improve the startup speed of the original Macintosh by saying it would save dozens of lifetimes:

 
How many people are going to be using the Macintosh? A million? No, more than that. In a few years, I bet five million people will be booting up their Macintoshes at least once a day. Well, let’s say you can shave 10 seconds off of the boot time. Multiply that by five million users and that’s 50 million seconds, every single day. Over a year, that’s probably dozens of lifetimes. So if you make it boot ten seconds faster, you’ve saved a dozen lives.”

“That’s really worth it, don’t you think?
— Steve Jobs, 1983