Apple Shoots Self In Foot With iMovie'08

Although this quip might seem cruel, apparently even “brillant engineers” forget about backwards compatibility, functionality and usability. But don’t take my word for it – ask David Pogue, who has gone on at length regarding the latest iMovie.

The most worrying aspect, though, is the dumbing down of Apple consumer software. By removing features rather than migrating them downwards from the Pro line, Apple is making a heinous mistake that ultimately decreases the perceived value of the iLife suite (and hence one of the Mac’s strong selling points for newcomers).

This newfound myopia in software design (let’s make it cooler, flashier and more fun, never mind substance or completeness) is why I think iPhoto will never be as remotely useful as Aperture, nor will we ever see a “middle-of-the-road” photography product from Apple.

After all, they just torpedoed their video equivalent by competing with themselves and failing.

And if you think back and wonder if it started with Keynote, you’d be about right.