Our toxic campaigner Martin is at Macworld and reports on what Steve didn't say in his keynote address:
It was a long day. Waking up at 6 AM to get to the Moscone center for the Keynote speech of Steve Jobs. But I was still getting more sleep than many other Apple fans.
Coming to the conference centre just before the 7 AM I expected to see the queue but I did not expect not to see the end of if. Some people spent the night out there to get the best places to see the speech. They brought camping gear, doughnuts and all the stuff that geeks need to survive during the night to waiting for HIM to appear (well they left all the waste including the camping gear behind as they rushed in). When the gates opened, the crowd fast moved into the building, so after a while helping the friends outside I moved in - just to end up in another queue. This time inside the giant hall on the ground floor. Only just before 9am when the speech was supposed to start I got with the others into the big hall on the 3rd fall that was to host the show.
When Steve appeared, his ego filled the room, the crowds were cheering and everybody was tense - what he is going to show? Well, I had my own hopes (guess which ones). Steve started in style - virtually "burning" the Zune player from Microsoft. Unfortunately the e-waste burning in China is for real. He also showed the classic "I'm a Mac, I'm a PC" ad - this time sending the PC for surgery in expectations of the changes it will need for Vista. But as we know - also the Mac needs to change as well- to get rid of the toxics.
But the main news was of course the iPhone. Widely expected, after lots of rumors, finally unveiled. There were lots of features presented and as usual the design is sleek and shiny. On the new visual voicemail Steve listened to message from Al Gore (hopefully Al will also tell him to green up); called the Starbucks to pretend to order 4000 lattes to go, listened to music; watched the video (he should see his own speech as we would like to have it); browsed the web (dam, missed the greenmyapple site again) and last but not least looked at the Google Earth pictures of Paris Eiffel Tower and Washington Monument in Washington DC (hmmm - why not the scrap yard in Guiyu, China, where thousand of old computers end up, including Macs). Lots of great functions, lots of new inventions, lots of patents (actually Apple claimed over 200 for the iPhone).
But one thing was missing - will the iPhone be any greener? Will we finally see a greener Mac? This question remained unanswered. So we have to keep asking Apple. Will you?
More blogs from Greenpeace folks at Macworld.