Everyone seemed to agree yesterday that Steve Job's keynote at Apple's World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) was an underwhelming disappointment. But a day later, the key announcements (Safari on Windows and web applications on iPhone) are provoking extreme and divergent reactions. When the reactions are so discordant, something must have happened. The polarized reactions, in quotes, after the jump — you decide: good or bad, right or wrong.
Web applications on iPhone:
Loren Feldman, video blogger, 1938 Media: "It means that suddenly your Palm sucks. It suddenly means that Symbian and every other phone OS is basically useless... This is a real game changer."
John Gruber, Mac writer, Daring Fireball: "If all you have to offer is a shit sandwich, just say it. Don't tell us how lucky we are and that it's going to taste delicious."
Safari on Windows:
Leander Kahney, Cult of Mac author, Wired: "There's only one problem with that scenario — Safari sucks. A lot of Mac users won't run the browser (I'm one of them), so why would anyone run it on Windows?"
Daniel Waylonis, Google developer: ""They've got a lot of support," he said. "People are really excited about Safari on Windows... WebKit has the strength of Apple behind it," he said. "And Nokia. It has the potential to become the universal browser."
Paul Thurott, on Safari, disagreeing with himself:
"But I don't think shipping a Windows version of Safari has anything to do with market share, per se. No, Jobs has something more dramatic in mind for Safari."
"When using a browser limits what you can do online, you don't use it. Simple. Hopefully, Apple will address these issues and I can reassess the situation. But right now, Safari is a non-starter."
Text Rendering in Safari:
Jeff Hicks, designer, Hicks Design: "Its wonderful looking at a website on XP, and seeing gorgeous text smoothing."
Jeff Atwood, developer, Coding Horror: "That said, I'm curious why Apple's default font rendering strategies, to my eye — and to the eyes of at least two other people — are visibly inferior to Microsoft's on typical LCD displays. This is exactly the kind of graphic designer-ish detail I'd expect Cupertino to get right, so it's all the more surprising to me that they apparently haven't."