So I’ve been so busy I’ve not written much of late. However I thought I’d throw out a few thoughts on the 4.0 event. First off there weren’t a huge number of surprises. As expected we got an Android like background service. As expected we got iBook for the iPhone. As expected there were a few changes to the Springboard to make it easy to use multiple applications.
I was disappointed, and a bit surprised, that Apple still doesn’t have good syncing technology for the iPhone. As Gruber says this is one place Google is really killing Apple. Even Microsoft has pretty fabulous syncing technology for Windows. Given that they are positioning the iPad to be a near computer – much more so than the iPhone – this is an astounding lack. As Gruber noted in his iPad review this has a serious effect on using the device efficiency. But it goes well beyond that. Right now if you have a half dozen or more applications to sync it is near impossible. I’m flummoxed that Apple is letting this go by a full year.
While I expect higher resolution screens for this summer’s iPhone there was no announcement that I saw of this. Odd, as it does seem the sort of thing developers have to get ready for. Does this mean the widely announced higher res screen rumors are false? I doubt it. Apple has to be ready for higher resolution screens and I’m shocked they haven’t done more here.
Other than that nothing big. A lot of people were hoping for printing but handling all the printer driver issues is non-trivial. (I thought we might have it by sending PDFs to get printed by a desktop independent of a particular printer – but that didn’t happen either)
The big controversy is the killing of the Flash to iPhone compilation. I suspect though if Adobe is smart that they’ll just do a Flash to C compiler. I think it kind of slimy of Apple to make that change at the last minute. Apple, if they are wise, needs to defuse these fights with Google and Adobe. Look at all the companies that fought Microsoft. It never was wise. Just build the best products you can. Apple is moving away from that in some ways.