Before heading to bed, I thought I give everyone a quick summary of the keynote at Macworld 2009.
Apple announced three new things: iLife ’09, iWork ’09 and a new MacBook Pro 17″ plus two iTunes Store updates. The latter being the immediate availability of 8 million DRM-free tracks on iTunes Store worldwide and OTA (Over-the-air) iTunes Store purchase on the iPhone.
All four components: iPhoto ’09, iMovie ’09, GarageBand ’09 and iWeb ’09, of the suite received a refresh. With the most significant being the new sort by Faces and Places features of iPhoto, and the tutorials of GrageBand. All of this for USD79.00.
Again all three components: Pages ’09, Numbers ’09 and Keynotes ’09, received a refresh. With the significant improvements being: Pages ’09 with its full-screen view, easier formula creation and more templates to choose from in Numbers ’09, Keynote ’09 has more automated transition creation, new theme, plus a paid iPhone App (USD0.99) for controlling the Keynote presentation on your Mac. Alll this for USD79.00. With iWork, Apple is also launching iWork.com, which requires iWork ’09 to try.
The new MacBook Pro 17″ (Early 2009) starts at USD2799.00 with:
- 2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
- 6MB of L2 Cache
- 1066MHz frontside bus
- NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT graphics processor; 512MB of GDDR3 memory
- NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics processor with 256MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory
- Maximum video resolution 1920 x 1200 pixels
- 4GB (2 x 2GB 1066MHz) DDR3 SDRAM, with a maximum capacity of 8GB
- 320GB 5400rpm SATA hard drive
- SuperDrive optical disk
- A brand new type of battery* (95-watt-hour lithium-polymer) that gives the MacBook Pro 8 hours of wireless productivity
- One FireWire 800 port
- Three USB 2.0 ports
- Combined optical digital In/Out and analog line In/Out
- Built-in iSight camera
- Built-in omnidirectional microphone
- Built-in stereo speakers
- Built-in 10/100/1000BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet
- Built-in AirPort Extreme Wi-Fi (based on IEEE 802.11n draft specification); IEEE 802.11a/b/g compatible)
- Built-in Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
- Mini DisplayPort
- ExpressCard/34 port
- Full size backlit keyboard
- Multi-Touch trackpad
- 2.93GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
- 320GB 7200rmp SATA hard drive, or 128GB SSD drive, or 256GB SSD drive