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Manfred Kloiber: The Worldwide Developers Conference ended yesterday in San Francisco. The name is a cover name. The event has been supported and carried out by a single company, namely Apple Computer, for many years. It is a conference with sometimes very demanding topics. An event for software and hardware developers, not buyers. Maximilian Schönherr, you observed the conference from Germany. Did Apple really not want to sell anything?

Maximilian Schönherr: Oh but! The conference is pure Apple self-promotion anyway. For example, when Dennis Wingo from NASA showed yesterday at noon how he conjured up great images of the moon's surface from data from orbiting the moon in the late 1960s, i.e. before the moon landing, he can do it with any Linux or Windows machine - but he can shows it here on an Apple computer. The conference opened with a lecture in which Apple specifically presented new products, above all a new operating system and a new iPhone.

Kloiber: Actually, these are actions that the boss, Steven Jobs, can not ignore and always take care of at the beginning of January at the MacWorld Expo!

Schönherr: Yes, but Apple has withdrawn from MacWorld, which incidentally takes place in the same exhibition center as the current developer conference. And Steven Jobs, on which the company's share price depends, did not report back as healthy here either, but had himself represented.

Kloiber: What did his representatives have presented that were favorable to the share price? Do we start with the iPhone or the operating system?

Schönherr: The best at the end. The new operating system will replace the previous one, Leopard, in September and be called Snow Leopard - Snow Leopard.

Kloiber: Lives in the mountains of Central Asia and is a protected species.

Schönherr: And can't roar. But it looks great and classy and strong, so it fits Apple's image.

Kloiber: It was time for the new operating system to be 64-bit capable.

Schönherr: And it is surprising that it only takes up half the hard disk space, instead of twelve, for example, only six gigabytes.

Kloiber: So not bigger, faster, better, but just faster and better?

Schönherr: For some core applications such as the finder or the retrieval and display of emails, there is also talk of significant speed increases for conventional 32-bit computers. The Time Machine, one of Apple's best ideas from the last few years, runs faster. Time Machine is used to back up data and quickly find it again.

Kloiber: So far faster. And better?

Schönherr: Well, that you can now record, cut and upload videos to YouTube with Quicktime X is nice. The fact that the new Safari browser, which is already available, fills out Java scripts faster by a factor of 4, i.e. increases the surfing experience, is a pleasure, but it doesn’t blow your mind.

Visually impaired people will appreciate the fact that Apple's input device, the multi-touch trackpad, is now interactively connected to a screen reader called "VoiceOver". You surf with your finger, so to speak, and depending on where it is on the touchpad, the Mac then reads out what is on the corresponding part of the website.

Kloiber: Shall we mention the new notebook computers, the MacBooks Pro?

Schönherr: No.

Kloiber: So to the mobile phone. Will the new iPhone 3G S do so much that iPhone owners will switch en masse?

Schönherr: I am not assuming that. Above all, the iPhone 3G S is faster than its predecessor, and iPhone owners generally don't think their device is too slow. There is no pressure. Apple says nothing about the hardware in the device. Unofficially, there is talk of a processor clocked at 600 MHz with 128 MB RAM, significantly more than the current iPhone. The hardware is similar to Palm's competing product, the Palm Pre. Maybe that's why you don't want to say anything about it.

The better camera with three megapixels and video function is attractive, but it lags behind the technology in other telephones. The input of commands by voice and the acoustic feedback are more than a gimmick and completely handicapped accessible. The device uses a computer voice to tell you, for example, which music track is currently being played.

For iPhone owners, next Friday will be interesting for a different reason.

Kloiber: Because there is a new operating system for all iPhones? iPhone OS 3.

Schönherr: ... and so that finally things become possible that have been used for many years with other smart telephones like the Blackberry: copying and pasting text and images, and searching for files or text entries.

Kloiber: Isn't there any innovation that is typically Apple, i.e. that really stands out in terms of usability and flair?

Schönherr: Yes, some, but most of all the focusing of the camera in the new iPhone. To do this, press with your finger on the point in the image that you want to be sharp. The autofocus then sharpens the flower in front and blurs the mountain behind. That's a small idea with size. You have to say: pathetic that ...

Kloiber: ... because no manufacturer of digital cameras has ever thought of it?

Schönherr: They secure Apple's pension because, like others, they will pay licenses well.