Apple Macworld AnnouncementsApple, MacWorld January 7th, 2009
Here’s a quick rundown of the most interesting announcements from the keynote.
iLife ’09 – Available Late January for $79
- iPhoto ’09 – Guided Tour
- Faces allows you to organize photos by people in the photos.
- Places allows you to organize photos by where they are taken.
- Facebook Integration allows you to upload photos to Facebook and share information back and forth between iPhoto and Facebook.
- Flickr Integration allowing you to upload photos to Flickr.
- iMovie ’09 – Guided Tour
- Improved editing functionality including the ability to do more advanced audio editing and manipulation.
- GarageBand ’09
- Learn to Play features tutorials teaching you how to play Guitar or Piano.
- Tutorials on how to play songs from major artists.
iWork ’09 – Available Immediately for $79
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- Full screen document editing
- Dynamic outlines
- 40 new templates
- Table Categories
- 250 new functions
- Collaboration features allowing multiple users to make notes on a whole document or parts of it.
Mac Box Set – Available Late January for $169
- Includes Leopard, iLife ’09, and iWork ’09 in one conveniant package.
- 6+ million DRM free tracks available immediately.
- All tracks to be DRM free by the end March.
- New song price points, $0.69, $0.99, and $1.29.
- iTunes on iPhone will now allow you to purchase music over cellular networks.
Unibody 17″ MacBook Pro – Available Late January Starting at $2,799
- Up to 8 hours of battery life.
- Battery is non-user accessible, but should last 1000 charge cycles.
- Anti-glare option for an additional $50.
Overall I was very impressed with the keynote, specifically iPhoto ’09 which really stands out for me as what I really can’t wait to get my hands on. Of course the announcement of DRM free iTunes is great but we all knew it would happen eventually, and since I still buy CDs (I like having the music come on its own backup copy) I don’t really care about DRM free (I don’t buy any music online). The 17″ MacBook Pro was very expected and not at all a surprise and iWork ’09 was just logical and incremental upgrades to the previous versions.