Apple has announced new products at NAB 2007:
Final Cut Studio 2 includes Final Cut Pro 6, Motion 3, Soundtrack Pro 2, Compressor 3, DVD Studio Pro 4, and Color, for a total price of $1299.
Final Cut Server is new centralized media asset management and workflow automation software and will be available this summer.
Apple has released a statement that OS X 10.5 “Leopard” will be delayed until October 2007:
“iPhone has already passed several of its required certification tests and is on schedule to ship in late June as planned. We can’t wait until customers get their hands (and fingers) on it and experience what a revolutionary and magical product it is. However, iPhone contains the most sophisticated software ever shipped on a mobile device, and finishing it on time has not come without a price — we had to borrow some key software engineering and QA resources from our Mac OS X team, and as a result we will not be able to release Leopard at our Worldwide Developers Conference in early June as planned. While Leopard’s features will be complete by then, we cannot deliver the quality release that we and our customers expect from us. We now plan to show our developers a near final version of Leopard at the conference, give them a beta copy to take home so they can do their final testing, and ship Leopard in October. We think it will be well worth the wait. Life often presents tradeoffs, and in this case we’re sure we’ve made the right ones.”
The Mac Pro is now available with four or eight CPU cores (using up to two quad-core Intel Xeon CPUs).
As of March 21st, Apple is shipping the Apple TV system to customers. Since the ship date, interested parties have figured out how to add unsupported media formats, SSH into the Apple TV, and even install a “normal” version of OS X on the hardware. You can find more information at AwkwardTV and the AwkwardTV Wiki.
Apple’s unofficial position on these 3rd-party modifications so far seems to be “you can do what you want with the hardware, since you bought it, but opening up the AppleTV voids your warranty.” It’s nice to see them take this position.
Apple and EMI have announced that starting in May, the entire EMI Music catalog will be available in DRM-free high-quality 256kbps AAC format from the iTunes Store, at only $1.29 per song. Previously-purchased songs can be upgraded to the DRM-free higher-quality format for $0.30 each.
My Dream App has posted a Cookbook update.
Snerdware has released GroupCal 3
DEVONtechnologies has released DEVONagent 2.1 and DEVONthink Personal 1.9.9
TrueDisc has released TrueDisk For Mac OS X
Equinux has released TubeStick, a USB digital TV receiver for the DVB-T standard.
Embraceware Software has released Awaken v3.1
Madebysofa has released Checkout version 1.1
Disco CD burning software has finally reached version 1.0.
Apple has announced that the 100 millionth iPod has been sold. The first iPod was sold in November 2001, and ten new iPod models have been announced since then.