Just a handful of Mac users were pleased with the announcements made at Apple Expo Paris, a Macworld Online poll shows.
A meagre 7 per cent of 1,516 poll respondees feel Apple’s PowerBook G4 revisions were “More than I could have hoped for.”
Just under half (48 per cent) said the announcements were "What I expected". The rest were either indifferent, or disappointed. One third of voters (33 per cent) were “slightly disappointed”, while 11 per cent found it “very disappointing”. A further 2 per cent were “unsure”.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduced a revamped, faster PowerBook G4 line-up, finally bringing the company's 15-inch product in line with the other models in the group.
One reader said: "The heavier, bigger and fatter 15-inch PowerBook is not an improvement on the previous model for those of us who commute with a laptop everyday."
"The 15-inch PowerBook update is nice, but it was a long time coming," wrote another.
Euro iTunes silence ‘deafening’ For many, it was what Apple left out that attracted more attention than what it included. "Jobs let Europe down by not talking about the iTunes Music Store," one reader said.
Another said: “The silence about iTunes Music Store was deafening. As usual Europe is at the bottom of the pile."
With this week’s launch of Kodak's Ofoto service in Europe one reader wonders why Apple didn't discuss the European iPhoto printing service: "What is Apple waiting for?"
Further disappointment came with lack of news about a release date for Panther: "Apple could have spurred-on sales of newly released machines by releasing Panther, but instead people will save themselves £100 by buying a new machine once Panther is out."
Readers were also disappointed with Apple's wireless mouse and keyboard, also introduced at the Expo. Some question why Apple is "lazily" sticking to a single-button mouse with no scroll, while others highlight compatibility issues with the original D-Link Bluetooth adaptor that is not supported by the new peripherals.
One reader said he is "disappointed that the Bluetooth keyboard and mouse don't work with the original D-Link Bluetooth adapter”, adding: “I thought Bluetooth was a standard whereby everything should work with everything else. A new adaptor will cost me £40 on top of £60 each for the mouse and keyboard. I'll be looking elsewhere".
Another reader suggests that "Apple should offer a free exchange to customers who bought the now-defunct Bluetooth adaptor they were selling until recently".
Of the tiny minority happy with the Paris Expo fare, one said: "PowerBooks have higher specifications than I expected," while another expressed surprise that Apple not only "upped the spec of the 17-inch, but also lowered the price".
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