Steve Jobs just wrapped up his keynote at this year’s World Wide Developer Conference and aside from the 30-inch Cinema HD Display the primary focus of his talk was Tiger, the next generation of OS X due in 2005. Some highlights of Tiger include:
- Spotlight – A new search utility to help you find files, apps, contacts, etc.. with greater ease. At first glance it looks a lot like Quicksilver, a tool I absolutely love.
- Safari RSS – Safari will now be able to read rss feeds and display them within the browser. Now collecting your favorite rss feeds will be as simple as bookmarking a page.
- Dashboard – A new tool for displaying and using handy ‘widgets’. Seems a lot like Konfabulator, another cool tool I use religiously.
- Automator – A new visual scripting tool that appears useful for creating workflows among Apple’s core apps and the iLife suite. Looks like Actions in Photoshop to me.
- iChat AV – Adds support for up to four people video chatting and up to 10 people in an audio conference. The screenshots are pretty cool.
Apparently, the Moscone Center was decorated in posters taking jabs at Microsoft with phrases such as “Redmond, we have a problem.” and “This should keep Redmond busy”. Wish I coulda been there.
I’m kind of disappointed that there weren’t any iMac announcements, but as we’ve seen in the last month, Apple doesn’t feel the need to save their major product announcements for their highly publicized events. Just check their site every Tuesday and you might see something new.