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”.

2 Responses to “New Apple products at MWSF 2009”

  1. Gerald Davenport Says:

    My concern with this new unibody, non-replaceable battery macbook pro is:

    In the 6 years I have own my 17 powerbook 2 of the 4 batteries I have own have stopped working.

    The best time i have ever gotten without doing anything CPU extensive is 4.5 hours. If am doing anything that relates to real computer work is is around 3.5 hours or less.

    I used my laptop at college and I charged my batteries (2 of them) at least twice a day–I use my laptop over 15 hours a day and sometimes compress video over night.

    SO: if you take those number and the numbers that APPLE says (8) hours of battery life? I laugh. I will take that as maybe you will get 4 maybe 5 good hours of life before recharging.

    1000 charges before what? you can replace battery or get another computer?

    Anyway. That would be 1000 (charges) / 2 (charges a day) / 365 (days in a year) = 1 year 3 months before I have to replace the battery or the computer–at 4 hours of batter life.

    I like to have an extra battery just in case I am no where near power. 8 hours, right? I do not believe because it says “UP TO,” and when they said “UP TO” for my power book, I barely got close to it.

    Even if you can get 2 years out of the machine; 3 grand is not worth it.

    one more thing, with a computer with such power, one will be using it for video editing, music recording, and such cpu extensive items. You don’t make a powerful computer like this and limit the power sources.

    No one will buy this and use it for simple computing, you’re an idiot if you do. Get the MacBook. How can you guarantee 8 hours?

    I am and have been a macuser since 1985 and I love most things they do, but somethings are just boneheaded.

  2. Bill Bradford Says:

    Gerald, here’s Apple’s statement on the battery in the new 17″ MacBook Pros:

    “It will likely be years before you need to replace it (1000 cycles at 200 cycles/year = 5 years). You can have the battery replaced at any Apple Store or Apple-authorized reseller. The replacement battery is priced at $179, which includes installation of the new battery and environmentally-responsible disposal of the old battery.”

    I suspect that within a month or two, there will be third party batteries available as well as instructions on how to do it yourself.