Friday, May 21, 2010

End of the week thoughts: Google and Apple

The world of mobile computing, television, advertising -- you name it -- seemed to tilt radically towards Google this week, and against Apple. But let's not forget that this week was the week of Google's developer conference, the time the search giant makes major introductions.

In two weeks, on the other hand, Apple's own developer conference (WWDC) will take place at the same venue as Google's event this week -- the Moscone Center in San Francisco. At that time Apple will be introducing the newest version of the iPhone, and will be releasing the newest iPhone OS, as well.

In the end, it is these releases that often set Apple apart from its competitors. (Anyone still take about the Microsoft Courier?)

What Apple appears to be losing, however, is the fun-factor. John Gruber at Daring Fireball points to this post from Mike Silverman who is feeling a bit nostalgic for the old days of Apple's developer conferences. It's possible, I suppose, that Apple's us-against-the-world attitude, so respected and admired by its fans and foes alike, has turned into something that looks more like arrogance now. I don't know. I'm just someone who wants a new Mac (and a new iPhone) once every couple of years.