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WWDC Keynote heightens iPhone 3.0 accessory concerns


During a presentation focused on re-highlighting iPhone OS 3.0 features that had previously been demonstrated at an Apple SDK event, Dock Connector accessory failures twice interrupted an extended look at OS 3.0 development efforts to date. Following smooth and occasionally impressive presentations by Gameloft, Airstrip, ScrollMotion, Tom Tom, and Ngmoco, an educational company called Pasco demonstrated what was to be a science teaching application with an iPhone OS 3.0 balloon-monitoring sensor accessory, which failed to perform during the demonstration; subsequently, co-developers Line6 and Planet Waves were scuttled in a presentation of a software and accessory-based guitar and amplifier control system when the accessory failed to work.

Though the developers made light of the accessory failures to some audience applause and laughter, Apple Senior Vice-President Scott Forstall—a participant in the first presentation—noted that the problems seemed to be correlated to the number of people watching, and said that the software had worked properly during rehearsals. Combined with problems iLounge’s editors have noted with recently released accessories and their related iPhone applications, the demonstration failures raise questions as to the user experiences that will follow when broadened Dock Connector accessory support is introduced in the iPhone OS 3.0 release this month.

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Finally an article that isn’t a hysterical gushing about the WWDC announcements. Thanks Jeremy.

I’m impressed with a lot about Apple products, but I thought a number of things about the presentation severely diminished their integrity:

1. A set of onstage technical failures for the iphone. At such a fundamental event, it’s pretty bad that this happened. 

2. A big rap (and sycophantic clapping) for such ‘new’ features as an SD card slot in the macbook pro, when pretty much EVERY OTHER LAPTOP on the market has had them for a decade.

3. The double-standard of belittling Microsoft as an utter failure on the one hand, and then announcing new support for Microsoft Exchange.

4. Indulging in Windows 7 bashing as though its common knowledge, when in fact all the tech-blogs who have tested it have reported back that it is incredibly powerful and impressive.

I’m not a fanboy of anything in particular, but seriously, this kind of thing just insults everyone’s intelligence. Do they really think sales would slump if they spoke a bit more realistically?

Posted by Hag in East Amherst, NY, USA on June 9, 2009 at 6:22 AM (CDT)


I just hope Apple does not cut out the failures when they post the Keynote on iTunes (in the Podcast section)

The only think that impressed me was the $700 price cut on the SSD 2.13 Ghz MacBook Air.

SD card slot would be a welcome feature along side the express card slot, an SD slot should not take that much space. But it’s not something to applaud!

Posted by croooow in East Amherst, NY, USA on June 9, 2009 at 10:34 AM (CDT)


Speaking of insulting people’s intelligence, I see Apple is sticking with its habit of saying that things are ‘2x Faster’ and ‘The Fastest In The World’ whilst withholding the actual tech specs so we can decide for ourselves.

At WWDC, Apple said that Safari 4 was the World’s Fastest Browser. So today Zdnet has run both a SunSpider Javascript and V8 benchmark test, and found that Google Chrome beat Safari in both tests.

So this announcement was even true, yet it was greeted with rapturous applause.

Posted by Hag in East Amherst, NY, USA on June 9, 2009 at 11:21 AM (CDT)


was the compressed air failure iphone related? it looked like the compressed air gadget failed, not the iphone and/or dock. the iphone was reading a flat line air flow, which was actually correct. am i missing something?

Posted by rwalton in East Amherst, NY, USA on June 9, 2009 at 9:36 PM (CDT)

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