MacWorld 2007 Keynote

Well first of all lets lay it all out for you who don’t know (I don’t know how who wouldn’t)

  • Apple TV
  • iPhone
  • Bluetooth headset for iPhone
  • Airport Extreme Base Station

The Apple TV
The device is built to be used with widescreen HDTV’s and EDTV’s capable of 480p, 576p, and 720p. It has HDMI output, Component video output, Optical audio output, USB, and 10/100 Eathernet. If you want to see the interface of the device you can check it out here. I’m excited about this and plan to buy it as soon as I can pick one up in an Apple Store. It also has a 40GB hard drive and 802.11n wireless connectivity. Along with the Apple TV release they also released Paramount movies in the iTunes store. The Apple TV can sync with a computer in your home or you can stream from up to 5 computers. I find it to be funny because according to the Apple spec’s page, it requires iTunes 7.1.

The interface is absolutely beautiful and I’m wondering if this is signs to come of the Front Row interface for OS X Leopard.


The iPhone is really 3 devices in one. It is a widescreen iPod, a cell phone, and an internet device.

The iPod part. Well its a great device just as an iPod. It of course has a widescreen and 5 hours of battery life for video. It is extremely easy to scroll through your music just using your finger. When you turn the device on its side it uses its accelerometer and can tell that you are doing so. When it is turned on its side you can flip through the cover art of your music using CoverFlow. Great idea, it is much easier to look through your albums in this way and when you tap on a cover it will flip over and show you a list of the songs on the album. When watching video if you touch the screen it will have an overlay of the controls for it.

The phone part. It’s amazing. It is easy to use, it can tell when the phone is next to your face so the screen turns off and the touchscreen quits sensing touches. The speaker for speakerphone is on the bottom of the device so that when you lay it on your desk it won’t muffle the sound. You can choose which voice mail you want to listen too. It shows a list of your voice mails so you only have to listen to the ones you want. When text messaging it brings up a keyboard using the touchscreen and it will do a type of predictive text that can tell knowing the letters around the ones you used showing what you wanted to type at the bottom of the screen, when you push space it uses the one at the bottom. Next up photos. It has a 2 megapixel camera. To zoom in on the pictures you touch two fingers on the screen and spread them apart to zoom out squeeze them together. If you have a portrait layout picture and you turn it on your side it automatically turns the picture.

The Internet Communicator. This part is cool. It has a full featured browser in it. It is of course using Safari. It will can use Wi-Fi to connect to the internet and will automatically switch over when a hot spot is in range. If you double tap on the page it will zoom in a certain amount or you can do the “squeeze technique.” The phone has a html email reader. Yahoo will give each iPhone owner “push” imap support for free with Yahoo mail. Google maps is in there as well. It uses the “squeeze” for zooming. During the keynote Steve Jobs searched on the app for starbucks and within google maps you can choose to call businesses that you search for. Then there are widgets and this is when things get interesting. It would be great to have all of my RSS feeds as widgets in my phone. When I’m out and about and bored I can just grab my phone and read some news.

There is so much to talk about and I suggest you go and watch the keynote for yourself. It is so amazing. It’s just exciting to watch. Watch it here.

Receipt hints at $150 off iPhone with 2Yr Agreement

A blog called 5THIRTYONE is claiming to have a receipt from a recent Cingular transaction for a new Blackberry Pearl that stated: “iPhone for Derek Punsalan 2 YR Agreement SAVINGS $150.00”

Now Derek stated in his post that he did not purchase an iPhone but does this mean that the iPhone purchasers will get $150 off the price with a 2 year agreement or is this some strange glitch.

The whole post
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Apple and Cisco settle iPhone dispute

Apple and Cisco have finally settled the dispute over the iPhone name. The result will mean that both companies will be able to use the name and acknokledge that both have the right to use it ending any later disputes that could come about. “Cisco and Apple will explore opportunities for interoperability in the areas of security, and consumer and enterprise communications” (well put MacNN). The rest of the agreement will be confidential.

This is good news except that I really hate the name iPhone and think Apple should have made it go the way of the iTV and become the Apple Phone, it sounds a lot better anyways. But, of course this is good news because it seemed to me that this law suit could have cost Apple hundreds of millions of dollars if it hadn’t been finalized this way.

Cisco vs. Apple Update

Well we all know that Cisco has decided to sue Apple over the name iPhone. Well yesterday Cisco announced that they have decided to postpone the lawsuit over the name. The two companies have started up talks again for an agreement over the name. I don’t really know why Apple is even trying, they don’t need the name, the name isn’t even that good anyway. I’m guess that they will end up deciding to do an out of court settlement for the name.

iPhone Ringtone for Download

I know all of you want an iPhone, you may not want to pay all that money for one, but I know you want one, unless you like buttons. If you can’t wait until June for it you may be interested in downloading the ringtone and at least being reminded that you will be spending $500-$600 in June. Gizmodo has the iPhone ringtone up for download, I downloaded it and it is cool. It sounds like it was taken right from the keynote because it sounds a little echo-y. Here is the download at Gizmodo.

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Steve Balmer Laughs at the iPhone

Well Steve Balmer seems to think that the iPhone is a big joke, at least he laughs at it like it is. In about a year and a half I’d like to see what he says when the iPhone is down to about $300 subsidized and selling like hot cakes.