TweetFollow Us on Twitter

Oct 97 Viewpoint

Volume Number: 13 (1997)
Issue Number: 10
Column Tag: Viewpoint

Viewpoint

by Eric Gundrum

A Bit About Boston

Just a few weeks ago, as I write this, Steve Jobs made a number of significant announcements at Macworld Expo in Boston. As is usual with Steve's comments, they had a euphoric affect on the audience. In this case, the audience was much larger than the few thousand people listening live. It included Wall Street investors and probably the entire community of Macintosh users.

The general feeling around the show floor was very positive. Steve's announcements may have caused this feeling. Expo attendance was solid, and, more importantly, Mac users were spending a lot of money at the show. Whether they had extra money to spend because Apple's stock price nearly doubled or because they were excited about Mac OS 8 is hard to say. Nonetheless, attendees showed their support for Macintosh by buying Macintosh products. Many of the venders who chose not to attend should be kicking themselves for missing out on a great chance to market and sell their products.

Rhapsody Andante Pianissimo

Almost as important as what Steve Jobs said at Expo is what he didn't say. He did not talk about Rhapsody, and this had many people asking questions. His failure to mention Rhapsody seems to have been a calculated move. There has been some concern within Apple that at the last WWDC Apple's marketing machine had once again hyped a technology beyond what Apple engineering could possibly deliver on the schedule created by executives. As is typical of WWDC, many developers bought the hype.

Apple seems to be working to reduce the hype, and, hopefully, focus our attention on what Rhapsody really will deliver. Rhapsody was intended to be the long term solution. Mac OS 8 is the technology that will be paying the bills for some time to come, especially in light of its recent success. Apple also may be getting the message from developers that what we see in the developer release will determine what resources we put to Rhapsody development. No developer wants to be trapped again basing a product on Apple's promise of a new technology. Developers will judge their first experience with Rhapsody carefully, and if Rhapsody doesn't live up to Apple's promises, most developers will not look at it again until the next major release. Apple wants to get it right the first time.

I don't mean to say Rhapsody won't be a great OS. Frankly, I won't be able to say one way or the other until I have a chance to work with it. I am anxious to work with it. The idea that I can build applications five times faster than I do now, and with greater reliability, appeals to me greatly. I expect the developer release to demonstrate how Rhapsody will improve developer productivity, even if we don't realize that improvement right away. (Most of us have a lot to learn before we can be proficient building Rhapsody applications.)

There are other things I expect from the Rhapsody developer release: I expect it to look a bit like the Mac on the surface, but not to feel much like one underneath. Apple hadn't planned to release the Advanced UI in the developer release, anyway, so they can have more time with it. (In my opinion, the user experience in Mac OS 8 suggests that Apple has forgotten what the Mac experience is all about, but that is for another column.) I expect the Rhapsody developer release to be slow, possibly slower than Mac OS. I also expect it to be riddled with bugs, but hopefully not in the core OS. Apple is releasing an early version of Rhapsody to developers so we can begin to learn how to build applications in the dramatically different programming environment. I expect Apple to give us an OS we can use to accomplish that task without the bugs and performance problems getting in the way. If they can meet that goal, I will be forgiving of other limitations of this preview release.

There is another reason Steve Jobs did not mention Rhapsody during his keynote address: the unexpected success of Mac OS 8. Apple's new OS has moved off store shelves so quickly, and carried along so many other products, that resellers are starting to think Macintosh users might actually have enough money to interest them. Many "multi-platform" resellers have reported Mac OS 8 sales to rival the dollar volume of the release of Windows 95. Consequently, Apple would like developers to stay focused on delivering new and better Mac OS applications. Mac developers know how to do this and do it well. The number of Mac OS customers will dwarf that of Rhapsody for at least the next two years, so maybe we developers shouldn't be too hasty to abandon it.

Rhapsody likely will come along a bit more quietly and slowly than we were led to believe in the first half of this year. Apples claims the server market is one area that will immediately benefit from the new technology. Others think higher education will be drawn to the strengths of unix hidden underneath. There may be merit in all these claims, but the first market will be the early adopters.

Rhapsody should be in developers hands around the time you read this, or very soon after. I expect we will soon see a wave of many new and ported shareware and freeware applications built just for Rhapsody. These are our first generation Rhapsody products, built as we learn the ins and outs of this new OS. As developers discover the leverage offered by the rich toolkits built into Rhapsody, we will see more sophisticated applications coming out. We already have several NEXTSTEP-turned-Rhapsody developers showing us what they have been doing all these years. If the dreams bear out, we should see some revolutionary software enter the market during the coming year. It may ultimately be the plethora of exciting new software that drives users to Rhapsody, not the technical superiority of the OS. Only time will tell.

 

Community Search:
MacTech Search:

Software Updates via MacUpdate

PDFpenPro 11.2.2 - Advanced PDF toolkit...
PDFpenPro allows users to edit PDF's easily. Add text, images and signatures. Fill out PDF forms. Merge or split PDF documents. Reorder and delete pages. Create fillable forms and tables of content... Read more
PDFpen 11.2.2 - Edit and annotate PDFs w...
PDFpen allows users to easily edit PDF's. Add text, images and signatures. Fill out PDF forms. Merge or split PDF documents. Reorder and delete pages. Even correct text and edit graphics! Features... Read more
ScreenFlow 9.0.3 - Create screen recordi...
ScreenFlow is powerful, easy-to-use screencasting software for the Mac. With ScreenFlow you can record the contents of your entire monitor while also capturing your video camera, microphone and your... Read more
Amazon Chime 4.30.7537 - Communications...
Amazon Chime is a communications service that transforms online meetings with a secure, easy-to-use application that you can trust. Amazon Chime works seamlessly across your devices so that you can... Read more
Fantastical 3.0.9 - Create calendar even...
Fantastical is the Mac calendar you'll actually enjoy using. Creating an event with Fantastical is quick, easy, and fun: Open Fantastical with a single click or keystroke Type in your event... Read more
OsiriX Lite 11.0.2 - 3D medical image pr...
OsiriX Lite is an image processing software dedicated to DICOM images (".dcm" / ".DCM" extension) produced by medical equipment (MRI, CT, PET, PET-CT, ...) and confocal microscopy (LSM and BioRAD-PIC... Read more
Tower 4.3 - Version control with Git mad...
Tower is a Git client for OS X that makes using Git easy and more efficient. Users benefit from its elegant and comprehensive interface and a feature set that lets them enjoy the full power of Git.... Read more
Safari Technology Preview 13.2 - The new...
Safari Technology Preview contains the most recent additions and improvements to WebKit and the latest advances in Safari web technologies. And once installed, you will receive notifications of... Read more
Daylite 2020.13 - Dynamic business organ...
Daylite helps businesses organize themselves with tools such as shared calendars, contacts, tasks, projects, notes, and more. Enable easy collaboration with features such as task and project... Read more
Little Snitch 4.5 - Alerts you about out...
Little Snitch gives you control over your private outgoing data. Track background activity As soon as your computer connects to the Internet, applications often have permission to send any... Read more

Latest Forum Discussions

See All

Bark Park is a joyfully silly multiplaye...
Bark Park is a charming, good-humoured game about competing against other players to claim as much territory as possible by peeing on nearby trees. Did I mention that everyone is playing as a dog? Makes things a little less weird. [Read more] | Read more »
The 5 Best Games Like Grindstone
Apple Arcade made a splash when it first launched, granting access to over 50 games as soon as it became available. Of those titles, the one that seemed to grab most people’s attention was Grindstone, a matching puzzle game from Capy Games. [Read... | Read more »
Awarding-winning puzzler Make One is now...
Make One is a game with a simple concept that it executes with flair and impressive levels of polish. It comes to us from developer Brazle and publisher PiG, and it's just landed this week for Android. At its core, Make One is a logic-based... | Read more »
Marvel Contest of Champions' latest...
Kabam's Marvel Contest of Champions has now teased some of the latest characters heading to the Battlerealm next month. Here's your chance to watch the new motion comic embedded below, Barons' War, before I spoil the surprise. [Read more] | Read more »
Why Calibria: Crystal Guardians is the p...
We could all use escapism right now, something to focus on and a project to feel part of during these times of social isolation. If you’re one of the many who’s turned to gaming to fill the lockdown void, Calibria: Crystal Guardians should be on... | Read more »
Mini Tank: Fire is a Worms-like, turn-ba...
Mini Tank: Fire is an online multiplayer game that takes a few cues from the likes of Worms and Shell Shock Live. It will feature 5v5 turn-based battles and is available now for both iOS and Android as a free-to-play game. [Read more] | Read more »
Poly is an endless runner for iOS where...
Poly is an endless runner from solo developer Denis Kakacka that's available now for iOS as a free-to-play game. It aims to bring a slight twist to the standard running formula by mixing up what you're actually controlling. [Read more] | Read more »
Reflex Unit 2 brings intense PvP battles...
Reflex Unit 2 will see players engaging in mech-based warfare, fending off waves and waves of autonomous robots that are threatening to destroy the planet. It's available now for iOS and Android. | Read more »
Snake Core is a modern take on a mobile...
Snake Core, from acclaimed indie developer Orangepixel, is a modern take a mobile classic: Snake. The idea is that you'll command a small army of troops as they go about attempting to take down a horde of invading aliens. [Read more] | Read more »
Game of Thrones Beyond the Wall launches...
Game of Thrones Beyond the Wall, Behaviour Interactive's RPG adaptation of HBO's hit fantasy show, has launched a day early for iOS. It was originally scheduled to arrive tomorrow, March 26th, on the App Store. [Read more] | Read more »

Price Scanner via MacPrices.net

In stock! Apple’s new Mac Pro for $5995 with...
Apple reseller DataVision has the new 2019 Apple Mac Pro in stock today for $5995 ($5 off MSRP) including free shipping. DataVision charges sales tax for NY, NJ, PA, and CA residents only. If you don... Read more
Apple Sources Confirm Spring Media Event Canc...
NEWES: 03.31.20- A previously planned Apple media event scheduled to take place sometime this Spring that was rumored and widely expected to be held today, March 31, were confirmed by anonymous... Read more
Apple restocks 2017 13″ Dual-Core non-Touch B...
Apple has restocked a limited number of Certified Refurbished 2017 13″ 2.3GHz Dual-Core non-Touch Bar MacBook Pros starting at $1019. An standard Apple one-year warranty is included with each model,... Read more
Save $300 on the 13″ 2.4GHz MacBook Pro with...
Apple has a full line of Certified Refurbished 2019 13″ 2.4GHz 4-Core Touch Bar MacBook Pros available starting at $1529 and up to $300 off MSRP. Apple’s one-year warranty is included, shipping is... Read more
Just in! Apple’s new 2020 4-Core Mac mini $10...
B&H Photo has Apple’s new 2020 4-Core Mac mini in stock and on sale today for only $699 including free overnight delivery for many US addresses. Their price is $100 off MSRP, and it’s the lowest... Read more
New 2020 13″ Space Gray MacBook Airs on sale...
B&H Photo has Apple’s new 2020 13″ Space Gray MacBook Airs on sale today for $50 off Apple’s MSRP. While they don’t have stock today, preorders are accepted at this discount. Overnight shipping... Read more
Clearance 4-Core Mac mini on sale for $629 wi...
B&H Photo has clearance previous-generation 3.6GHz 4-Core Mac minis available for $629 including free overnight delivery to many addresses in the US. Their price is $170 off original MSRP for... Read more
The best deals on iPad Pros remain these Cert...
Apple recently dropped prices on clearance 2019, Certified Refurbished, 11″ & 12″ iPad Pros with models now available starting at only $549. Each iPad comes with a standard Apple one-year... Read more
$100 off any Apple iPhone 11 model, XR, XS, o...
Boost Mobile is offering Apple iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max models for $100 off MSRP with service. Their discount reduces the cost of an iPhone 11/64GB to $599, iPhone 11 Pro to $899 for... Read more
Sunday Sale! Use your Apple Education discoun...
Stuck at home during the coronavirus lockdowns and need a new computer for school work? Purchase a new Mac using Apple’s Education discount, and take up to $400 off MSRP. Purchase an iPad, and take... Read more

Jobs Board

*Apple* Mac Product Engineer - Barclays (Uni...
Apple Mac Engineer Whippany, NJ Support the development and delivery of solutions, products, and capabilities into the Barclays environment working across technical Read more
Essbase Developer - *Apple* - Theorem, LLC...
Job Summary Apple is seeking an experienced, detail-minded Essbase developer to join our worldwide business development and strategy team. If you are someone who Read more
Senior Software Engineer @ *Apple* - Theore...
Job Summary Apple is looking for a seasoned senior software engineer to join our worldwide business development and strategy team. This is an opportunity to lead a Read more
Retail Sales Consultant - *Apple* Valley -...
Retail Sales Consultant - Apple Valley - $500 Hiring Bonus Apply Now...12-30-2019 Address : 7875 150th St W Location : Apple Valley, MN US Req # : 272753BR Job Read more
Senior Data Engineer - *Apple* - Theorem, L...
Job Summary Apple is seeking an experienced, detail-minded data engineeringconsultant to join our worldwide business development and strategy team. If you are Read more
All contents are Copyright 1984-2011 by Xplain Corporation. All rights reserved. Theme designed by Icreon.