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Steve Jobs is delusional

Steve Jobs made a pretty bold claim when he responded to Bryan Webster’s eloquently written question abut the upcoming WWDC:

Wow. Them’s fightin’ words to be sure, and they certainly gave ME a chill when I first read them. I immediately had visions of a super-charged, video game playing Apple TV/DVR, fully open to developers, and an iPhone 4 with video chat and condom dispenser… Truly this WWDC is NOT going to disappoint!

But then I remembered something… history has an odd way of repeating itself. Let’s take a quick look at how the most faithful of faithful Mac addicts have reacted to the past couple WWDC announcements (via Mac Rumors).

Ouch. And we’re their biggest supporters! When you see how angry we Mac users get when Apple announces its latest technology, you wonder why Jobs and company even bother (of course a quick look at Apple’s stock price suggests some theories). And remember, all that anger is largely based on our own self-inflated expectations, based on rumors and wishful thinking. THIS year we actually have the man himself whipping us into a frothing, foaming frenzy of anticipation!

So, will this year’s WWDC disappoint? Yes. Yes it will. But, before you rush off to leave scathing comments on Mac Rumors this year, just remember, so did all the other WWDC’s, and yet ultimately you came to appreciate what Apple had accomplished, and odds are you’ve spoken with your wallets many times over. Do you own a MacBook? An iPod? An iPhone? An Apple TV? An iPad? As someone who owns (a couple of) all of the above, and who is usually underwhelmed by Apple’s keynotes, I can honestly say that an underwhelming Apple event is still 100 times better than the most exciting Microsoft event.

Of course, the only problem is Microsoft is no longer Apple’s competition – it’s Google, and they’ve got quite a lot of creative people over there. As Bryan said, Google is “taking the piss”. (Where the hell did THAT saying come from?) 2010 will be the first WWDC where Apple has really had to respond to the competition, so it should be pretty interesting.

And yes, my expectations are high, and yes, I am ready to be let down, and yes, I am ready to buy whatever Apple announces.

13 Responses to “Steve Jobs is delusional”
  1. Jerry says:

    I’ve noticed a large number of the ads on Mac news and rumor sites are for non-Apple (i.e., Windows, etc) products. How many of the readers, and negative voters, are Apple detractors rather than Apple fans?

  2. Min says:

    Also, many Apple fans nowadays want everything to be put in one device. They will be disappointed if they are keep having this attitude.

  3. Chris Leither says:

    And yes, my expectations are high, and yes, I am ready to be let down, and yes, I am ready to buy whatever Apple announces.

    I second that!

  4. Jonro says:

    All I really want is a camera and a particle beam weapon in my iPhone. The rest is gravy.

  5. Jerry says:

    OK, I won’t be happy unless it has MiFi Tethering on Verizon with CDMA simultaneous voice and data and LTE capable to justify the iPhone 4G name. Oh yes, the videocam must be minimum 720P HD! LOL!

  6. Carlo says:

    As long as the iCar with the electric battery that’ll last a continental drive is announced, I’ll be happy. Especially if it has LTE and isn’t on only one carrier.

  7. Andy says:

    I think the Google announcements are rather non-entertaining and boring. I just view most of the Google I/O “Google TV” video. What a snore! Watching it was about as interesting as watching a video of the local school board meeting. Even the Google video with Conan O’brian was a bit stiff. The google VP was constantly trying to out hip Conan, and came off looking desperate and overtly self contiously hip. The Google guys no nothing about coolness other than telling others about how cool they think they are.

    On the other hand Steve Jobs’ message seems to be how cool we Apple customers are. No arguments there, way to go Steve.

  8. Hanan says:

    I don’t think there should be rivals.
    there is only competition…
    and said competition does nothing but good… MS finally did something well. Win 7 is really not bad, and the Win Phone 7 is ok.
    Google is also stepping up their game…

    all of this makes Apple do their best and make bigger steps.
    If there wasn’t any competition, we’d still be in iPhone OS 1.1.4…

  9. Eric says:

    The last time that I was “blown away” by an Apple presentation was when they introduced the iPhone. The only time I was excited before that was when the introduced the iPod nano and the Video iPod. Everything since then has been a disappointment.

    Those, to me, were the biggest game changers. Ever since then, it seems that Apple is playing catch-up to technologies that already exist.

    But what do I know? I’m just your everyday Apple consumer, not technologically savvy like the rest.

  10. If Google has such talented developers why can’t they build a search engine that gives you the results that you need?

  11. Andy says:

    Personally I would love it if Steve Balmer did the Monkey Boy dance at WWDC. Come on, what more could you wish for?

  12. xyberdruid says:

    unless the announcement is both that the iphone will no longer be a At&T exclusive and flash compatibility i really couldn’t give a shit this year

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