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Apple Keynote 2008 opinions

January 15, 2008 1 comment

Lets get the big rant out of the way first.

20 DOLLARS TO UPGRADE THE IPOD TOUCH WITH FIVE APPS ALREADY AVAILABLE ON THE IPHONE AND EVERY JAILBROKEN TOUCH IS A JOKE.

Normal non-shouty blog resumes. I can understand the Mail, Maps, Stocks, Notes and Weather apps not being on the original iPod touch. It was an iPod, so did what the previous iPod did when it came to PIM. Not being able to add calendar events was a mistake that was rectified. But this is just taking the piss. All the early adopters that helped make the Christmas quarter such a huge success get shafted. Buy an iPod touch today and get the software for free. How can the company which styles itself as the cool guy fighting Microsoft’s corporation crap on its users like this? Leaves an unpleasant taste after all the other good things that were announced.

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Apple Keynote 2008 in summary

January 15, 2008 1 comment

In order of announcement, here are the new products from the Macworld 2008 Keynote.

  • Time Capsule, an Airport extreme wireless base station with a 500Gb or 1Tb hard drive built in. Intended to allow several Apple laptop users to do wireless backups via Leopard’s Time Machine software. Not sure if this also functions as a standard NAS.
  • iPhone software update pretty much as rumoured, sms multiple contacts, web clipping, video chapters, location aware Google maps. iPod touch to get Mail, Maps, Stocks, Notes and Weather, for a $20 charge.
  • iTunes movie rentals are go, $2.99 for the back catalog, $3.99 for new titles. 30 days to start watching once rented, and then 24 hours to finish. US only until later in the year. Biggest news is that Touchstone, Miramax, Newline, Lions Gate, 20th Century Fox, Disney, Paramount, Sony, and Universal are all on board.
  • AppleTV gets a big update, with HD movie rentals (with 5.1 surround) for $4.99, direct from the AppleTV with no computer required. Lots of other web integrations added.
  • Fox are adding a digital copy of content to their DVD’s for transfer to digital devices.
  • The Macbook Air is the worlds thinnest laptop. 13.8 inch display, 80Gb Hdd or 64Gb Ssd, 2Gb Ram, 1.6 or 1.8 Ghz core 2 duo, 802.11n, no optical drive. Costs $1799, shipping in two weeks. Possibly the most interesting part is the large multi-touch mouse pad.
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