So we had a video iPod
announcement as well as some new iMac news
yesterday. [...sound of crickets chirping...] Not too much on the
high-def front here, although we should give kudos to Apple for adopting
the H.264 or MPEG-4 format for the "vidPod."
The new iMac is supposed to have Media Center-like qualities, but folks like Thomas Hawk are underwhelmed
and they should be. This is a baby step in a 100-meter dash Mr. Jobs!
Providing 320 x 240 videos via iTunes is the perfect use for the new
iPod, but for an iMac with a built-in monitor? No way.
I see this as
trying to leverage something that shouldn't be leveraged. It's almost
as if the video capability for the new iMac was an afterthought or a
way to gain additional iTunes revenues. The novelty of paying $2 for a
QVGA video on your PC will wear off quickly, folks.
Apple, if you want
to catch up to Microsoft in this area (did I just say that?), we need
to see built-in HDTV tuners and timeshifting capabilities. How about high-def DVD
support? Oh, and we don't want to see Macs with built in monitors if
we're just going to pipe high-res content to a much larger display.
Sorry, I'm not inviting a Mac into my entertainment room until the Mac
can bring me more entertainment.