And yes, we’re back into Apple bashing mode… Don’t you miss it?
First, I’d like to clarify that I ironically and unfortunately own an iPad 2 64GB 3G. Given to me by work to learn it and provide support to my co-workers. And I’ll be honest, the device (As a hardware) isn’t so bad yet isn’t so good. I use it to read emails, skype (While showering to disturb friends or driving) and listen to trance music while showering. It crashed on me 7 times so far and I haven’t even jailbroke it yet!
Now, Apple Keynote kicked in few days ago and I honestly wanted to see what goes around in Apple. I mean, I grew up and now if a technology is useful and does my needs, I’d go with it regardless who made it (I don’t care anymore).
So, I did watch the first ~28 minutes and then things started to fade away as I slept on my laptop literally (I drooled over the keyboard too) because it was THAT boring. I tried to watch it few times, but was so boring that I had to turn it off and read about the features from Apple’s website and I laughed while facepalming!
I’ll be honest, there are few features that are sort of interesting (Gestures and maybe airdrop), there are features that should’ve been there since the beginning of computer history! and there are, things, that should’ve been features or shouldn’t have been introduced and featured as features.
This post will discuss Mac OSX Lion because, well, taking iOS5 and Lion at the same page will be a total tl;dr… I mean, well, Mac OSX Lion alone is a tl;dr!
Yes, that is the apps menu in Nokia N900.
There are only two differences between the N900 app list and Mac OSX Lion Launchpad:
1) Lion swifts sideways, N900 swifts the other way around
2) Lion can create folders of icons, N900 don’t
That’s probably the only stab I’ll take on Lio… Oh wait, I remembered their “FileVault 2”!
It’s a feature to encrypt drives (Internal and external). One might argue that FileFault existed before (FileFault is a typo, but I like it, so I’m keeping it), but FileFault is known to be easily crackable and only encrypts your home folder, not your whole drive.
Which reminds me, Windows 7 has BitLocker which does pretty much the same functionality that FileVault 2 does.
I’m quite sure that there’s a system restore solution on at least the new MacBook Air which requires a USB flash drive (That looks actually cool) to restore the system. I know because I had to kick start two MacBook Airs and install Parallel, Windows 7 and Office 2010 (Ironic in so many levels, isn’t it?)… In my defense, it’s a work task and I had to take an atomic shower when I finished doing so.
Anyway, Windows-based laptop manufacturers have been doing that since, iunno, Windows VISTA maybe (I’m sure since the last days of Windows XP, but I’ll refer to VISTA just in case). And checking email and browse to check Apple’s support website? There’s a little thing in Windows we call “Safe mode” which have been there since Windows 98 I guess…
There are other features. I’ll mention some of them down below (That worth mentioning, whether they’re good or bad) and kick in something between the brackets:
* Set up your Mac in any language (Really?)
* High-resolution cursor (REALLY!?)
* AirDrop to share files to other Mac users with no need for network connectivity (That can be useful sometimes in all honesty)
* AppleScript (*cough*Windows Power Shell*cough*and Linux bash scripts or whatever*cough*)
* Autosave (Don’t you know that this is a feature in Microsoft Office that you just need to enable? No?)
* Full screen apps (Say what? *Clicks on full screen button on Windows 7*)
* iChat (Ummm, I’m old fashioned, MSN Messenger supports Yahoo contacts. Oh, wait, Google Talk is great too!)
* Mac App Store (Ummm, Ubuntu’s synaptic?)
* Mail app improvements (Microsoft Outlook is THE BEST mail clients of all times. I still use Thunderbird though)
* Resume (Now that’s interesting… Really, I’m not kidding)
Mac OSX Lion will be available in maybe next month.
N900 have been there for a year and a half.
Windows 7 have been there for 2 years (Minus few days).
Windows VISTA have been there since 2006.
Windows 98 have been there in 1998.
Now my question is, what’s REALLY new in Mac OSX Lion that haven’t been introduced before except the improved gestures, Resume and Airport?