New Apple Products



Apple Computer today is expected to announce new products from their Macbook, Macbook Pro, Mac Mini, iTunes, Mac Mini, and Apple TV lines.

Apple admitted the first Apple TV didn’t quite work out — so the new model can access iTunes directly — and streams movies from the new rental store in both DVD quality and HD with 5.1 surround. It’s $299, but they’re offering it for $229 starting today.

The new Apple TV will feature library titles at $2.99 and $3.99 — a dollar more for HD, $3.99 and $4.99 — with over 100 titles available today. The YouTube selection has also been expanded to 50M videos, there’s now Flickr support.

iTunes movie rentals launches today, and it’s a free software update for iTunes. Free update for iPods and iPhones, too.

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Apple claims nearly a 20% share of the smartphone market, after RIM’s 39% share and ahead of Palm’s 9.8%. New iPhone apps include location detection using software from Skyhook Wireless.

The MacBook air “is the world’s thinnest notebook”. It has a 13.3-inch widescreen display, with LED backlighting, 1.6GHz Core 2 Duo standard, 2GB memory standard, 80GB hard drive standard (64GB SSD optional). It also has a built-in iSight camera, and a full-sized keyboard, with a trackpad and multi-touch gesture support on the trackpad. It is so thin, it even fits inside a vanilla envelope. Steve demonstrates.

Other features: flip-down door that has USB 2, microDVI port, and a headphone jack. The other side has a MagSafe connector. It’s got 802.11n WiFi and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR. No optical drive, but you can buy an external, $99 USB-powered SuperDrive for the MacBook Air.

Ships in two weeks: $1799.

Looks like that’s the end of the show. To recap: (1) Time Capsule, automatic wireless backup for your Mac, (2) iPhone update and iPod Touch update (3) AppleTV + iTunes movie rentals , (4) MacBook Air. No tablet. No WiMAX. No MacMini refresh. No 3G iPhone.

And for the entertainment, Randy Newman.

Live coverage is available at Engadget, Gizmodo, CNet, ZDNet, arsMacWorld Twitter, MacWorld Magazine, TechDigest and Fake Steve.

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