Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Apple Macworld Keynote

Lots of sources for information from today's Macworld keynote. Here's a good executive summary that while not comprehensive, gives key highlights from the keynote. Probably the most interesting stories to come out of the keynote were the tech blog live blogs that were hacked - I was following MacRumors live blogging as it got hacked.
New MacBook Pro And Other Macworld Announcements (AAPL)
A new version of iPhoto, which includes:
  • Facial recognition technology to organize your photos by who's in them.
  • Geotagging to organize photos by where they were taken. Photos taken with an iPhone will use the GPS to automatically tag them.
  • Built in support for Facebook, Google Maps and Flickr.
A new version of iMovie, which includes:
  • Lots of the features Apple took away in iMovie '08.
  • Better editing and themes.
  • New effects like stabilization and cartooning.
A new version of GarageBand, which includes:
  • A new "learn to play" tool featuring an HD video instructor.
  • Besides 9 bundles freebies, extra lessons from artists like Norah Jones and Sting cost $4.99 a piece.
Updates to iWork '09
  • Updated Numbers, Keynote, Pages and a $.99 iPhone App
  • Beta version of iWork.com, a Google Docs-like Web-based office tool
New 17-inch MacBook Pro
  • 6.6 lbs
  • A matte display
  • .98 inches thick
  • 2.9 gigahertz
  • 8 hours of battery life than can be charged more than 1,000 times
Updates to iTunes
  • Now there are three pricing tiers: 99 cents, 69 cents, and $1.29.
  • 10 million songs without DRM by the end of the quarter

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