News from Apple today: New MacBooks, Snow Leopard and NEW IPHONE 3GS
News is starting to trickle out of Apple's Worldwide Developer's Conference in San Francisco. I'll post highlights here.
In case you're wondering, I'm following updates at http://www.macrumorslive.com/ and listening to audio at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/wwdc-live. (And Gizmodo is live-blogging with photos)
Live video from an attendee:
1st update: a new 15-inch MacBook pro. Apple says customers are really digging the new unibody design that they recently debuted. And it's got some impressive specifications, including a powerful battery. Shipping today. Updates also with 13inch to 17inch MacBook Pros. starting price: $1199.
2nd update: The MacBook Air (that super-thin computer) getting a boost in processing speed. Apple sez it's got the "greenest" (environ-friendly) laptops in the world.
Update 3: Starting to hear about Apple's new Snow Leopard operating system, which is an upgrade from last year's Leopard release (drat! I just bought Leopard 2 months ago.) Apparently, Snow Leopard will save you 6GB of disk space after upgrading from Leopard (thanks Apple for not being such a disk space hog!)
Update 4: Upgrades to Safari (Safari 4 available today) and Quicktime.
Update 5: Apple's now supporting in full, Microsoft Exchange. You are now free to move your contacts between your work and personal computers.
Update 6: Dude, this roaring crowd needs to chill. I can't hear jack on the audio!!
Update 7: "Let's talk about the iPhone"!! Something's is coming?!
Update 8:: Sold more than 1 billion apps through the App Store (Aside: yeah, but how many of those apps were deleted by people who were bored by the stupid free stuff in the App Store??) I delete at least a third of the free apps I download cuz they're stinky and one-dimensional.
Update 9: Showing a snoozer video about the importance of technology and what developers can do if they develop on the iPhone platform. Snoooooore. This feels very Microsofty. (hehe ... that's a joke)
Update 10: Talking about the iPhone OS 3.0.... first new feature: cut/copy/paste, which should've been added, like, 18 iPhones ago. Duh.
Update 11: Able to rent and purchase movies right from your phone" (Thanks for helping me spend more money, kind sirs. Plus audiobooks. And supporting iTunesU, too.) Oh, and let's not forget important editions to parental controls.
Update 12: Tethering! Be still my heart. Sharing your iPhone's Internet connection with your laptop. Works for both Macs and PCs. Wired and wirelessly over Bluetooth (magic!) Requires carrier support. Laughter among the crowd. Guess we'll be paying even more for that flexibility.
Update 13: Crazy multilanguage support for the iPhone.
Update 14: Some pretty cool new security features for the iPhone. FindmyiPhone service debuts, for MobileMe customers. Can send lost/stolen phone remote web command, to protect your private content. If you find it again, you plug it back into iTunes and everything is restored. (Aside: Maybe MobileMe will finally be worth the price now?)
Update 15: Coming to a new iPhone operating system near you: in-app purchase. (Aside: So my apps now will try to upsell me? Will they become extremely annoying?) Plus: support for peer-to-peer connectivity. Great for gamers. Your iPhone will "find" other iPhones in your immediate area and you can play games with others.
Update 16: This could be big: Apple opening up hardware accessory for developers to build applications that "talk" to the accessory. So you can extend the iPhone interface to other hardware, citing medical device use as an example.
Update 17: allowing turn-by-turn GPS navigation in mapping software. (Aside: Watch out, Garmin, Tom-Tom.)
Update 18: Enabling PUSH notification. So your apps will notify you whenever they're updated.
Update 19: Apple showing off medical applications and functionality in medical/hospital settings. (Here's my question: Apple is doing this push in the medical field, but they're essentially a consumer product company? How well will their products hold up and do they open themselves up to litigation in a highly litigious field?)
Update 20: Tom Tom (GPS maker?!) introducing an iPhone app?! Bizarro world! (Aside: But I didn't catch the price of that app. Did you?)
Update 21: Bathroom break. Talk and oooh and aaah amongst yourselves.
Update 22: A ZipCar application. Helps you find ZipCar locations.
Update 23: Say WHUH!?!? You can hit a button on your iPhone and your ZipCar will beep when you're looking for it? Did I hear that correctly? And it will unlock the car, too? (MIND = BLOWN)
Update 24: The new iPhone operating system 3.0 will be free for all iPhone customers. Worldwide available: June 17. (for iTouch: $9.95)
Update 25:Apple's Phil Schiller rehashing how great the iPhone 3G is for human civilization... but wait.... WAIT... the iPhone 3GS....entirely new version..most powerful fastest iPhone ever made!
Update 26: Faster iPhone running the new OS 3.0: apps, websites, email. Richer gaming experience. Brand new built-in camera. with auto-focus and "tap-to-focus."
Update 27: It captures video. iPhone just attracted many more new customers who really wanted that video experience, IMHO. And you can edit it? Well, that's cool. And you can share in an email. And if you're carrier supports it, u can send via MMS message. There's an API for developers, so consumers can expect...
This could be big: Voice-control of the iPhone. How? hold down home button: voice interface pops up. Easy to use. commands scroll by on the screen so you know what to say.
Update 28: It's a compass, too. (Aside: Why is this such a big deal? When do most people ever really use compasses anyway?)
Update 29: Better battery life. Thank goodness.
Update 30: From MacRumors.com: 11:59 am $199 for 16GB, $299 for 32GB.
11:59 am Ships with iPhone OS 3.0 for $199.
Update 31: Current iPhone 3G for $99 for 8GB. A 50% price cut. Starting today.
Update 32: New iPhone 3GS available in week and a half. on June 19.
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