Siri is a gimick. It doesn't make the phone any more useful.
The hell it doesn't. I have practically outsourced my short-term memory to the Reminders app in the last week. Anytime I need to remember something-- particularly when I'm in the car-- it's incredibly easy to hold down a button for 2 seconds and tell my phone "Remind me to [activity] at [time] and/or when I [leave/arrive] [location]". I would never use it that much if I had to set those up manually.
Voice Control in the iPhone 3GS was a gimmick. Siri added utility to my iPhone from day one, and it's only going to get better with time.
It's also only a matter of time before Siri moves into Mac OS X. Mark my words, in the near future one of the F keys on Apple keyboards will be a Siri button (though you'll also have the option for always-on listening and have to address the computer by name to indicate a command).
I can tell you that running your desktop apps on a tablet is one of those ideas that sounds good until you actually try it. The problem is that the desktop and tablet experiences are far more different than the desktop and laptop are. It turns out that the mouse (or trackpad or trackpoint for that matter) is a far better tool for moving a cursor around than fingers are.
Even though you can sort of get it to work, it doesn't work well. Tablets apps are about direct manipulation. You grab something and drag it around with your finger, not some kind of virtual waldo. This isn't something that can be fixed by tweaking the OS UI; you've got to redesign the application as a tablet app.
Exactly. Too bad nobody at Microsoft understands that. I mean, if anyone there did, they surely wouldn't have kept trying to cram desktop Windows into phones and tablets for the last decade. They have such a hard on for leveraging existing Windows applications that they are willfully blind to the notion that you need an OS and apps that are purpose-built for the form factor they're going to inhabit. Even after iPhone and iPad came around and proved it by their overwhelming success, Microsoft is still stubbornly doing the same shit.
Using their usual dirty tricks [Apple keeps] releasing new updates to their OS making them run slower on earlier hardware.
You are so full of shit your eyes are brown. Every version of OS X I have used has felt perceptibly faster than its predecessor on the same hardware, and I'm not the only one who feels that way. Hell, the upgrade from Leopard to Snow Leopard was specifically about trimming the fat from the OS.
If you want to talk about bloated OSes that force hardware upgrades, you'd better talk Microsoft.
The typical Mac buyer is too stupid to handle two.
Uh huh. I've been doing computer support for Windows users for twenty years. If I had a buck for every time I've had an interaction like this with a client, I could retire:
Me: Okay, now I need you to right-click on [whatever] and choose [whatever] from the menu that pops up.
Them: Ok, I clicked on it, but there's no menu, the icon just got dark.
Me: It sounds like you just clicked on it, I need you to right-click on it.
Me: (hiding exasperation that it's the 21st century and I'm STILL having to explain this to people) Click on the button on the right side of the mouse.
Them: (astonished) You mean it does something else????
The fact that the only hardware Apple markets as a "server" is a Mac mini should be the first clue.
Wrong. They sell a server configuration of the Mac Pro, as well. They've sold a server configuration of their high-end tower since the waning days of the beige G3 machines back in 1998; the mini server is a relatively new phenomenon. Anyway, the "Server" configuration is just a matter of prepackaged and preinstalled convenience-- any Mac could be a server, it just needs OS X Server installed on it. They could offer laptops with a "server" configuration if they wanted to.
Granted, in most cases I'd rather have something rackmountable with LOM and redundant PSUs, but for the SMB market most likely to use a Mac as a server, a mini is perfect-- it's tiny, it's quiet, it sips power, and it doesn't need much in the way of care and feeding. Throw a low-end UPS on it, mirror its internal drives, hook up an external USB drive for Time Machine backups, and you've got yourself a pretty capable little box. Especially when the alternative would be some Dell or HP monstrosity running Windows SBS-- if SBS gets any more bloated and ungainly, the boot time will need to be measured with a calendar.
Sigmund Freud is alleged to have said that in the last analysis the entire field of psychology may reduce to biological electrochemistry.