Archive for January 7th, 2009

MacWorld 2009 Keynote announcements

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

This years MacWorld Keynote turned out to be good as always, yet not spectacular with respect to new products. Hmm, could it have been that the lack of ‘super’-announcements also was one of the reasons for Steve Jobs’ absence?

Three main announcements were presented:

1. iLife ’09 – the personal multimedia application suite included with every Mac.

New things in this version:

iPhoto ’09: Faces, Places, integration for FaceBook & Flickr, Slideshow Themes and Travel Book

iMovie ’09: Precision Editor, Advanced drag & drop, Dynamic Themes, Animated travel maps

GarageBand ’09: Learn to Play, Artist Lessons

2. iWork ’09 – Apple’s office application suite with updates to Keynote, Pages, Numbers.

New is, an online collaboration tool like Google Docs.

3. 17″ MacBook Pro

An upgrade of this high-end notebook, similar to the MacBooks introduced at the end of 2008. It has one major difference; the battery is non removable, lasting up to 8 hours!

There was ‘One last thing’, covering three announcements related to iTunes. A new pricing structure varying from $0.69, $0.99 and $1.29 per song, all music will be DRM free via iTunes Plus and the iPhone can now access the Music Store also on 3G.

So, as I said, a good Keynote as always, but not spectacular. There was  no Steve, no iPhone nano, no new MacMini nor iMac…I assume Apple will organize seperate events for these. 😉