The WWDC 2007 Keynote

So, it was kind of underwhelming. Of course, I would guess the biggest news is the announcement of Safari for Windows.

It seemed everything shown about Leopard was sort of a re-hash. We had already seen Time Machine, already seen Spaces. I am a little grossed out by the menu bar transparency – who thought that was a good idea?

Stacks seem like a good idea, but isn't this just a variation on a folder? As it is right now, I can have a folder in the dock, and right-clicking on it will show it's contents in a menu… am I missing something? The grid idea is cool, but again, can't I just have a window set to icon-view such that clicking the folder in the doc opens a window full of icons?

I'm on board with the "new" unified interface. It's about time for some real consistency.

CoverFlow in the Finder is a good idea, but I doubt it'll be too useful. Quickview is slick, but I just can't see myself using it too much. 

The improvements to iCal look good. Long overdue.

I think the thing that is generating the most hate right now is the announcement of the iPhone "SDK" – Apple basically saying you can build robust web apps using AJAX, CSS, HTML/XML and Javascript that would work in Safari. Not exactly what developers were hoping for, but more specifically kind of an insult. Gruber puts it best in terms of a shit sandwich:

"If all you have to offer is a shit sandwich, just say it. Don’t tell us how lucky we are and that it’s going to taste delicious."

Basically, devs are crying foul over the fact that not only did Apple not release an SDK for developing apps that would function the same way Apple's native iPhone apps behave, but that Apple treated the web app method as just as good. Clearly not the case, and anyone that's ever programmed either web apps, or Cocoa knows it.

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