Finally! An Apple web strategy

Finally! An Apple web strategy

Summary: Any time I write something critical about Apple the fanboys and girls come out of the woodwork to call me an Apple basher who doesn't have the intelligence to find his way out of a paper sack.As a 20 year Mac user who has 6 Macs in his house running everything from wikis & web servers to entertainment hubs...

TOPICS: Apple, Browser, CXO, Hardware

Any time I write something critical about Apple the fanboys and girls come out of the woodwork to call me an Apple basher who doesn't have the intelligence to find his way out of a paper sack.

As a 20 year Mac user who has 6 Macs in his house running everything from wikis & web servers to entertainment hubs...I always find it humorous that people are so fanatical about Apple they can't for one second take a step back to be critical and expect more from an already great company.

If you don't ask for anything more from your favorite companies...that's what you'll likely get. Nothing more.

One of my biggest pet peeves with Apple has been their seemingly stubborn inability to play in the web space. From Safari to iWeb to .Mac, the company seems determined to stay behind the wisdom of the crowds and fall hopelessly behind. I've been harsh on them because of this, going as far as to say I'd be leaving .Mac this year if the new OS didn't bring some significant improvements.

Well at first glance from the WWDC keynote, it looks like I might stay after all. Apple may have just created the next internet killer app.

One of the big features that Jobs talked about during his keynote was a tighter integration between .Mac and all the computers in your life. In case you missed it, the next iteration of the OS includes the ability to search for files across every machine you own, regardless of it's location. By incorporating dynamic DNS technology (something I've been using for 7 years), Apple's .Mac service will keep all of your Macs connected and searchable, regardless of their location or firewall. Using .Mac as a secure gateway, you can now access your home machines from the office, and your office machines from the road...look for files...and even move them from location to location.

I've been writing about wanting this since 2000. Previously I've had to hobble together my own solution using and port forwarding. I've used VNC, Apple Remote Desktop, and others, but this new Apple solution is the most graceful execution of this I've ever seen.

Just think about this a second...regardless of where you are, you can access every file you have, transfer files from one location to another, etc. It makes other web based storage solutions seem rather silly because you aren't limited by the storage they give you, but only limited by the storage you already have on your own computers. And I guarantee you'll see iPhone included somewhere in this.

But this is only one aspect of the web strategy we're starting to see come out of Apple. With the advent of the iPhone, web clip, their close ties to Google, and the Safari web app development kit, Apple is clearly telling us where they are heading...and where they are heading is into the world of Web 2.0.

I have made many predictions in the past (I'd say I'm about 75% right) and my prediction here is that with the iPhone and the new OS, we're going to see an explosion of web app development pushed forward by Apple and other developers which will be good for both Mac users and Windows Mobile users as well.

Don't be surprised if we see a Windows Mobile version of Safari in the next 6 months.

It seems to me that while it took Apple a very VERY long time to get into this space, they are about to burst into it with the force of a multi-billion dollar giant determined to change the web landscape.

All I can say about this is it's about time.

Topics: Apple, Browser, CXO, Hardware

Kick off your day with ZDNet's daily email newsletter. It's the freshest tech news and opinion, served hot. Get it.


Log in or register to join the discussion
  • Message has been deleted.

  • Big gulf of misunderstanding

    Everything I'm reading out of ZDNet about WWDC is misinformed. Nobody at ZDNet
    is able to cover the overarching strategy that Apple is covering during this week with
    its developers. Everything about the week is very significant and future looking. It's
    too bad ZDNet focuses on the superficial things.
    • you kidding me?

      Are you telling me the update of .Mac, anywhere access, a clear web strategy, and broader support for web apps is superficial? You're a tough audience.
      • These things you list are just what Jobs discussed in his keynote

        There is sooo much more. So yes, ZDNet's coverage is superficial.
  • Not a DynDNS replacement

    First off, thanks for using our services for so long.

    I cannot say that I have been a Mac user for quite as long but I think we are tied
    with the number of Macs at home doing quite similar things. The .Mac renewals
    have been a bit harder each year but it seems like some neat stuff is in store.

    We are excited to see what Apple has in store and welcome them. The basic
    problem we are trying to solve is connectivity and communication. They have some
    interesting things with DNS-SD/Bonjour that could make some applications much
    more interesting and create the framework for new ones.

    In fact, we will soon launch an all-new client application for our Mac OS X users
    that will pave the way for even tighter integration between the OS' great
    connectivity features and our globally accessible network. Exciting times for the
    Mac platform!

    Jeremy Hitchcock
    Dynamic Network Services, Inc.
    • Glad to hear it...

      I don't use DYNDNS just for file transfer gives me wiki access to my server and a load of other features...and in fact I'm sure I'll be a DYNDNS user for years to come.

      However for most people without the experience and knowledge of using DynDNS...this is a great solution.
  • Oh really?

    Well, some of the trolls, I mean posters just focus on tiny little details to spark readership levels. Me thinks some of the posters are actually ZDNET employees, since inflammatory posts generate readership...
    • Beats me...

      I can't speak to whether people at ZDNet post in comments sections...I have a tendency not to reply to comments in my posts...simply because I like to avoid flame. I said what I said and I let people comment...however I DO believe that sometimes...well often...if I take a shot at a company or service, their employees post without admitting it...and will attack me personally as an idiot and that I don't know what I'm talking about. Those are pretty obvious...and I find them quite funny.

      I call it as I see it...and this area is here in case people want to disagree. I encourage that.