This afternoon, hundreds of the biggest geeks in the country gathered in San Francisco for MacWorld 2008. Although last week’s announcement of updated desktop systems pointed to Something Really Big to come, I was disappointed by what we got. Do I want a MacBook Air? Duh, of course, even though I think it would more aptly be named the MacBook Ultimate (Frisbee edition). But where’s the much-rumored Apple Tablet? (Being sold by a third-party company, apparently.) Where’s the Next Big Thing in computer design? Throw the geeks a bone, Steve!
Then I got to thinking, which as my boss can tell you is a very dangerous thing. At $300, the AppleTV was overpriced, and with only a 40GB hard drive, you had to be selective about what you chose to sync from iTunes. However, with today’s price drop (40GB @ $229 or 160GB @ $329) and addition of features (YouTube, Flickr, movie rentals, and .Mac accounts), we are seriously considering doing some AppleTV beta testing in our lab.
Before we do, I have a little research to do. Is anybody out there currently using an AppleTV at your institution and can tell us what your faculty & students think? Has anybody considered using an AppleTV, but scrapped the idea and wouldn’t mind sharing what happened? Any information would be welcomed, and of course we’ll share our findings as we move ahead. Thanks in advance!