Apple Macworld Announcements

Here’s a quick rundown of the most interesting announcements from the keynote.

iLife '09

iLife ’09 – Available Late January for $79

  • iPhoto ’09Guided 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 ’09Guided 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

iWork ’09 – Available Immediately for $79
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Mac Box Set – Available Late January for $169

  • Includes Leopard, iLife ’09, and iWork ’09 in one conveniant package.

iTunes Changes

  • 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.

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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.

Macworld 2009 Keynote Stream

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