well, went down to london on saturday to do two things, go to the new apple store in london and to have dinner and karaoke in chinatown. so let's start off with the apple store. it's huge and looks awesome. actually the design is very much like the one in new york, in that its inside an old building so it doesn't have the trademark silvery/powerbook finish externally. inside it's like a sea of white, with black minions roaming around to do your bidding and answering your questions.
i specifically had two things in mind that i wanted to see, the 30" apple HD cinema display and the ipod photo. things that also caught my eye were the ipod speaker docks and the imacs. the imacs are incredibly good looking, yet, i still prefer the old swivel base imac for some reason. that old one looks more cute, this one looks a little bland and boring. the ipod speaker docks were a surprise to me, because of how well they performed and how seamless they looked. all you did was plug them in and it'd automatically continue the song where you left off. the delay between plugging it in and playing was nearly zero.
so the ipod photo was extremely neat. the scrollwheel and pictures combination is very cool. the thing is really as fast as what you'd expect. you can basically scrollwheel thru like a 100 picture collection in 2 seconds. this not compelling enough to buy the ipod yet, given the price, and the state of my bank account!
the apple 30" cinema display is amazing. the display is bigger than anything i've seen, in fact, i don't think my family has ever owned a TV that was bigger than it. the crazy things people were running on it were things like virtual pc (what??) and ichat which took around like 3% of the screen. the dock looked amazingly small and compact on this screen.
so what more do you think you could do with a 30" display that needs 2 graphics cards to power it? MAKE A DUAL MONITOR DISPLAY!
this crazy really needs to be seen to be believed. in fact, i think there is a warning that you may sustain neck injury when using this.
i ended up spending around an hour and a half there just drooling over hardware. i managed to freeze one of the G5's that was running motion by added three particle behaviours to a project. not a good start to convincing me that i need a G5.
karaoke (or k) was good. it was somewhere in chinatown, inside some restaurant on the 4th floor. so the cool thing with this system is that all the MTVs are actually stored in a desktop that is connected to 2-3 pieces of audio/visual hardware. so instead of having either a huge disc changer (which is how they did it three or four years ago), every room has its own autonomous MTV server. an industrious person could probably go in an copy all their MTVs before they know it ;) if my powerbook battery life didn't suck balls, i would of done that (it's a totally different story.)
that screen was not as impressive as the dual 30" apple cinema display, but had a great viewing angle. and this one, i really did sustain neck injury using it.
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