I did it, I escaped from New York! After spending three of the last four weeks at the temporary Mobile Nations HQ in NYC, trying my best to get all the #TM13 prep work done, as well as keeping up with the daily iMore grind of news, views, and podcasts, I'm home at last. Luckily, in addition to our already rock-solid (and rock-star!) cast, we had Peter Cohen join us full-time last week, and Richard Devine starts full-time this week. The timing couldn't be any better, because, frankly, it's going to be one hell of a summer.
Next Sunday I'm off again, this time to Orlando to help Kevin Michaluk and crew produce CrackBerry Live from the show floor of BlackBerry Live. Yeah, only Nixon could go to China...
After that, I'll be back for a couple of weeks, then returning briefly to New York City, and then it's on to the main event -- WWDC 2013. That's where we should get our first look at iOS 7 and OS X 10.9. I can't wait. I doubt Apple is on full-on Snow Leopard mode with iOS, at least not yet, but with a new team in place comes new thinking, and it seems like going into year seven, that's just the kind of thinking everyone who loves iOS wants to see.
That's the broad strokes, here are the bullet points.
This whole "Tim Cook should be fired" meme is the dumbest Apple thing I've seen in the long history of dumb Apple things. I don't care who you are, what degree you have, or who pays your salary, if you're writing "Tim Cook should be fired" you're either stupid, corrupt, or stupidly corrupt, and you should be fired by any editor with any ounce of self-respect left. Sadly, that's fewer and farther between these days. Makes me wonder -- whose agenda are these articles are really servicing?
I shot a lot with my DSLR over the last couple of weeks, and every time I lament the lack of cellular wireless and all the terrific processing and sharing apps I have on my iPhone. There's a Galaxy Camera, of course, which is basically a lens grafted to a Galaxy S3, but that's Android. I don't see Apple licensing out iOS any time soon-as-in-ever, or iPhone cameras getting support for discreet lenses, or any rumors of an iCamera any time soon, but damn if I don't want one. Question is, would it have any mainstream appeal?
I saw Google Glass a few times over the last week. I even experienced being filmed by it. It was as awkward watching it as I presume people feel wearing it, but every new thing is awkward at first. I don't know if the future is filled with visors for everyone, but I do like the promise of wearable technology. I'd be delighted to try Google Glass, but I'm not sure I'd be delighted by Google Glass, at least not yet. I'm not sure Google's nailed the implementation -- this could be more Lisa than Mac, more Treo than iPhone -- but that's why early days are early. Imagine a better looking, more mainstream version made by, dare I say it, a company we can better trust?
Iron Man 3 was good. I liked it more than I thought I would. The humor I feared gone was plentiful, the set pieces outstanding, and while a couple of the choices were potentially off-putting enough that I'm still undecided on them, overall Shane Black delivered in Lethal Weapon-like fashion. Now all they need to do is sign Downey Jr. for Avengers 2 and Iron Man 4...
House party's over. Time to clean the slate!