Jan 15

Steve Jobs taking leave of absence

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Apple CEO Steve Jobs is taking a medical leave of absence from the company until June to deal with his ongoing health issues.

Tim Cook will manage Apple’s day-to-day operations while Steve is out.

Jan 06

Apple has announced a few new products this morning at MWSF:

iLife ’09 adds new versions of iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand, and iWeb. New features include facial recognition and geotagging in iPhoto, major improvements in iMovie, and musical instrument tutorials in GarageBand. The new version of iLife will be available in “late January” for $79.

iWork ’09 adds lots of new features (too many to list) to Pages, Numbers, and Keynote. The new version of iWork is available today now for $99.

iWork.com is an online service from Apple that lets you share and collaborate on your iWork ’09 documents, spreadsheets, and presentations.

A “Box Set” of Mac OS X Leopard along with iLife ’09 and iWork ’09 will be available in late January (after the release of iLife ’09) for $179.

iTunes Plus now lets you upgrade previously-purchased iTunes songs to DRM-free versions for 30 cents per track. Most songs available via iTunes are now available in DRM-free versions for between $0.69 and $1.29 per track, with most albums staying at $9.99.

The new 17-inch MacBook Pro has the same unibody design and dual graphics controllers as the 15″ model, along with a new non-removable extended-capacity battery featuring up to 8 hours runtime and 1000 lifetime cycles. A matte non-glare screen is a $50 build-to-order option. The 17″ MBP starts at $2799 with a 2.66Ghz Core2Duo, 4G RAM and a 320G hard drive, upgradable to a 2.93Ghz CPU, 8G of RAM, and a 256G solid-state drive. Systems should be available in late January.

Not seen at this announcement was the rumored Mac Mini, iMac, or Apple TV upgrades, or any demonstration of OS X 10.6 “Snow Leopard”.