There was something strange about Steve Jobs’ Macworld keynote on Tuesday. The pacing was off.
It started off high energy with reports of unbelievable iPod sales and record revenues, which got the crowd whooping. Then it went into a doldrums with an interminable demo of new features in iLife, which had everyone dying for the One More Thing… “Come on Steve,” we’re all thinking. “Cut the crap and get to the good stuff.”
So tonight I’m sitting in a bar when I run into an old friend, who is very highly placed in the Apple world. I hate to cite an anonymous source, but trust me, he knows.
And he tells me the keynote that Jobs gave was not the keynote he had planned. Some of the speech had been cut out. Key products were missing.
My source said there was some stuff, “some very, very cool stuff,” that Jobs couldn’t unveil because of “supply issues.”
“They can’t get enough Core Duo (chips),” said my source.
He also said that if he were me, he probably wouldn’t order one of the new MacBook Pros.
I asked if there would be MacBook replacements for the 17-inch and 12-inch PowerBooks, but he said, “Oh, it’s much cooler than that. Much cooler.”
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