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Apple Keynote 2008 in summary

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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  1. February 2, 2008 at 1:16 am

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