Macworld Expo

Apple TV Take 2

Apple TV Take 2

I don’t recall what the old interface looked like, but the new interface looks amazing and makes heavy use of the CoverFlow technology, in a very good way. The ability to use it without a PC is also a great feature, and it’s more power efficient that way.

MacBook Air – first impression

MacBook Air – first impression

Alright, so, I don’t have any experience actually using a Mac, so I didn’t even bother using the software, I’ll stick to talking about the hardware. Lets start with the weight, 3 pounds sounds like a lot for something that is so thin, but I’ve had analog notebooks (as in paper) that were only marginally thinner but still weighed more.

Macworld 08: Keynote Summary & Transcript

Macworld 08: Keynote Summary & Transcript

After all the usual rumor, intrigue and speculation, another Macworld Keynote comes to a close.  It's been a morning of updates and a few significant launches, with Apple TV, iTunes, the iPhone and the iPod Touch all getting new software, the introduction of $3.99 movie rentals from all of the major studios, Apple's first NAS in the shape of the Time Capsule and, of course, the super-slim, super-sexy (and already super-controversial) MacBook Air.

The full SlashGear transcript of the Keynote is after the cut, and you can guarantee that we'll be bringing you all the latest coverage of these new additions and upgrades to Apple's range over the coming days. 

Macworld 08: First play of the MacBook Air advert

Macworld 08: First play of the MacBook Air advert

Despite the uncontrollable salivation over the new MacBook Air ultraportable, our intrepid Macworld 08 team still managed to shoot footage of the lustworthy laptop's first advert.

 

There may not be built in WiMAX or cellular broadband, but the MacBook Air is still indecently thin - just 0.76-inches at its narrowest - respectably powered, thanks to an Intel Core 2 Duo CPU in 1.6GHz or 1.8GHz flavors, and features a gesture-sensitive touchpad that borrows from the iPhone's MultiTouch capabilities.  All in something that weighs 3lbs.

Macworld 08: MacBook Air is Apple’s long-awaited ultraportable

Macworld 08: MacBook Air is Apple’s long-awaited ultraportable

The rumors were true: Apple has announced an ultraportable laptop, the MacBook Air, will be added to their range.  Measuring just .75-inches at its thickest point and an amazing .16-inches at its thinnest, the MacBook Air has an LED-backlit 13.3-inch display, full-sized keyboard with ambient light sensor and built-in iSight webcam, and storms the shelves as the World's thinnest notebook.

 

Macworld 08: iTunes Movie Rentals announced

Macworld 08: iTunes Movie Rentals announced

A free software update, announced at the Macworld Keynote, will introduce iTunes Movie Rentals to iPod, iPhone and iTunes users.  The service, which will feature content from Touchstone, Miramax, Lions Gate, Paramount, Universal, Sony, Walt Disney, Fox and Warner Bros, as well as others, will launch with over 1000 titles by the end of February, with new content added 30 days after DVD release.

 

Macworld 08: Apple TV updated with streaming iTunes content, YouTube and movie rentals

Macworld 08: Apple TV updated with streaming iTunes content, YouTube and movie rentals

Apple TV, the company's wireless set-top box, has been updated so as to function without the need for a Mac, opening up the device to the thousands of potential users yet to invest (or unable to afford) one of Apple's computers.  While iTunes content can be streamed direct to the Apple TV and enjoyed through a connected widescreen TV, owners now have the option to browse, research and buy TV shows, music and titles from the new movie rentals service direct from the set-top box itself. 

Macworld 08: iPod Touch feature update brings PMP more in line with iPhone

Macworld 08: iPod Touch feature update brings PMP more in line with iPhone

Today's update for the iPhone will simultaneously be released for the iPod Touch, Apple announced at the Macworld Keynote, bringing the PMP's feature-set more in line with that of the cellphone.  Charged $20 for the upgrade, Touch owners will gain access to the Mail, Maps, Stocks, Notes and Weather apps from the iPhone, as well as the WiFi-assisted-GPS functionality announced today, together with WebClips bookmarks on the Springboard and the ability to customise multiple home-screens.

Macworld 08: iPhone update with Multi-recipient SMS, improved maps and more

Macworld 08: iPhone update with Multi-recipient SMS, improved maps and more

A software update for the iPhone, announced at Macworld, will add a mixture of new functionality and what many consider to have been oddly missing from the handset all along, including the ability to send SMS text messages to multiple recipients.  Jobs also announced the ability to configure up to nine custom home-screens, including adding WebClips bookmark links to the Springboard which act as shortcuts to that website, and the Springboard icons themselves are easily rearranged.  The iPhone's music app gets the addition of lyrics-support (that are superimposed semi-transparent over the album art), while video footage can be organised into chapters and now supports subtitles.

Macworld 08: Apple launch Time Capsule wireless NAS

Macworld 08: Apple launch Time Capsule wireless NAS

First up from Steve Jobs' Macworld 08 Keynote is a wireless NAS: Time Capsule is an AirPort Extreme complete with a server-grade hard-drive that works seamlessly with OS X's Time Machine backup software.  Available in two capacities, 500GB and 1TB, Time Capsule resembles an Apple TV unit with 802.11n WiFi, and will be priced at $299 and $499 respectively.

 

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