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A Whole Lot of Macworld Love: New OSX iPhone, AppleTV (iTV) and more

January 9, 2007

Here’s the latest from the Steve Jobs keynote at MacWorld, now completed! Big news on theone-button iPhone (yes, it exists! it’s a widescreen touchscreen), the AppleTV (formerly iTV) video/music-streaming device, and more.

Disclosure: Yes, I’m a Mac-head.

Steve shows the browser (AP)It’s the GREATEST KEYNOTE IN APPLE HISTORY (watch it here, visit the iPhone here, AppleTV here), according to the reports from Engadget and Ars Technica, with people on the edge of their seats and hanging on every word and turtlenecked gesture.

(The newest posts are at top):

2:00 p.m. EST: Looks like this is winding up. Jobs has one last notable thing to add: The company is changing its name to Apple, Inc. (dropping “computer” from its name). He gets a HUGE standing ovation (Engadget) and shares the glory with the others on the project.

And now, cue John Mayer!!! That’s all folks.

I’ll be back a little later tonight with more of a wrap-up on an incredible presentation. And hopefully, where the line starts to get me one of those…


1:55 p.m. EST: Elsewhere, in places not MacWorld, CNET reports that Cisco (the owner of the “iPhone” trademark) has this to say:

“Given Apple’s numerous requests for permission to use Cisco’s iPhone trademark over the past several years and our extensive discussions with them recently, it is our belief that with their announcement today, Apple intends to agree to the final document and public statements that were distributed to them last night and that a

ddress a few remaining items we expect to receive a signed agreement today.”

1:55 p.m. EST: Cingular/AT&T’s CEO is on stage right now talking about the relationship the company will have with Apple.

He says Apple will not be a virtual carrier (a MVNO), that it’ll be independant. Cingular customers will be Cingular’s, using Apple’s device.

Ummm…. ok? Now, how do I upgrade from my RAZR? Trade-in/up program PLEASE!!!

Steve and the iPhone (AP)

1:50 p.m. EST: Here’s the moment of truth: The price…..

  • $499 for the 4GB model
  • $599 for the 8GB model

To be released in U.S. in June of 2007 (due to FCC approval). Asia release in 4Q. Carrier will be Cingular.

1:47 p.m. EST: What’s the battery life on this new “my favorite thing?” 5 HOURS of phone time, browsing, etc. and 16 HOURS of audio playback. Rock!

1:40 p.m. EST: Jobs introduces partners from Google and Yahoo on the product, and is running through some real-world tests. Then, he compares the new iPhone interface to other popular smart phones, putting them to shame.

Jobs is dead right, we’ll never look at phones the same again.

1:38 p.m. EST: Jobs prank calls the neighborhood Starbucks, and asks for 4,000 lattes to go. Then he quickly hangs up. Classic! (not kidding….really happened)

1:35 p.m. EST: Jobs announces Google Maps/Earth capabilities and GPS features for the phone.

So, now, it’s a GPS system too. Take THAT Garmin, TomTom!!!

1:25 p.m. EST: Steve plays with the web-browsing features, and checks the Apple stock price….it’s up $2.50. LOL!

1:18 p.m. EST: Go Steve Go! The iPhone will run any POP3 or IMAP e-mail service (all the big free ones, like GMail and Hotmail), and will offer Blackberry-style e-mail via Yahoo Mail. Oh, and it runs the full Safari browser too. WOW!!

1:13 p.m. EST: After showing off the cool keyboarding and text-message features of the new phone (BTW…it’s ON CINGULAR!!!) … Jobs shows off the photo capabilities of the device.

I have to let Engadget take this one too, for the humor content of their poster:

10:13am – “The third app I want to show you is Photos — we also have the coolest photo management ever. Certainly on a mobile device, but I think EVER. Let me go to photos, scroll through here… to go through pictures I just swipe them. There’s one that’s landscape, I can just turn my device and there it is. I can swipe while I’m in landscape.”

Audience guy: “Awesome.” Steve: “Isn’t this awesome??”

1:10 p.m. EST: Jobs is going on about the great new calling features of the iPhone, because “that’s the killer app” of the device — the phone calls.

AMEN! From Engadget:

We want to reinvent the phone. What’s the killer app? The killer app is making calls! It’s amazing how hard it is to make calls on most phones. We want to let you use contacts like never before — sync your iPhone with your

PC or mac. Visual voicemail — wouldn’t it be great if you didn’t have to listen to five of them to list to the sixth? Just like email you can go directly to the voicemails that interest you. iPhone is a quad-band GSM + EDGE phone.” No 3G! “We have WiFi and Bluetooth 2.0”

1:06 p.m. EST: Jobs is showing off the capabilities of the iPhone. It’s simply gorgeous. Engadget reports that people in the hall are “GEEKING OUT” as Jobs moves his fingers across the screen and scrolls through movies and music, showing clips from “The Office” and music videos. Amazing! Buy stock in Windex now folks!!!

Oh, and he shows BEATLES music on the iPod/iPhone. Hint hint of what’s coming up….

12:54 p.m. EST: Jobs gives other details on the iPhone, with more coming:

  • 2 megapixel camera
  • headset jack, 3.5mm
  • SIM tray
  • a sleep-wake switch
  • onboard speaker
  • mic input
  • iPod cradle-cable connection
  • When you bring it to your ear, it turns off the display and sound with a proximity sensor (from Ars)
  • iPhone has 3 advanced sensors (from Ars)
  • Cooks you breakfast (just kidding…)
  • Has an accelerometer and an ambient light sensor (from Ars)

12:49 p.m. EST: Jobs announces that the new “iPhone” will run Mac OSX!!!

Here’s the quote from Engadget’s coverage:

“We have been very lucky to have brought a few revolutionary user interfaces to the market — the mouse, the click wheel, and now Multi-Touch. Each has made possible a revolutionary product, the Mac, the iPod, and now the iPhone. We’re going to build on top of that with software. Software on mobile phones is like baby-software. Today we’re going to show you a software breakthrough. Software that’s 5-years ahead of what’s on any other phone.”
“iPhone runs OS X!” Huge cheers. “Why would we want to run such a sophisticated OS on a mobile device? It’s got everything we need. Mulittasking, networking, power management, graphics, security, video, graphics, audio core animation…”

12:43 p.m. EST: Jobs announces THREE new products today….

  • New widescreen iPod with touch controls!!!!! BOOYAH!
  • New Apple mobile phone!
  • And an Internet communication device???

Steve then reveals he’s talking about the new Apple phone, called “iPhone”,then shows one of the many fake mockups out on the net on the screen.

Laughs all around. Fooled me Steve!

Steve with AppleTV (AP)

12:26 p.m. EST: Jobs mentions the iTV, now called “Apple TV” (From Ars Technica):

  • Buy content through iTunes and watch it on your television set through AppleTV
  • USB2.0, WiFi, Ethernet, HDMI, Trasmits video to your TV wirelessly
  • 40GB drive, audio/video on the back, 802.11b/g/n
  • designed with widescreen TVs in mind
  • sync content from one computer and stream it up to 5 TVs
  • Automatically syncs and has an Intel processor
  • Supports 720p HD
  • Also does your video, music, and your photos
  • Use iTunes to move movies to your AppleTV. Put movies there that you want to watch on other TVs.
  • AppleTV can also stream trailers
  • Ships in February, but available now for a mere $299!

Uhhh, questions: Does this record TV shows? Is it a TiVo killer? And will it stream all formats and not just Quicktime?

12:23 p.m. EST: Jobs announces the previously-mentioned Paramount/Viacom movie deal for iTunes, adding 250 films to the library for sale. Then he shows a Microsoft Zune on fire (mentions it only got 2 percent market share after its debut.)

12:20 p.m. EST: Jobs bashes the report that iTunes‘ sales are slowing. He says the service sells 58 songs PER SECOND and is now the No. 4 overall retailer of music (inc. digital and CD) on the Web, passing Amazon. Nice.

12:18 p.m. EST: Jobs debuts a new “I’m a Mac…I’m a PC” Apple Mac ad with Hodgman and Long, showing Hodgman in hospital scrubs, getting ready to install Windows Vista. Funny…

12:13 p.m. EST: Jobs tells of the successes with the Apple integration of the Intel processors into OSX Mac line. Then, mentions that 50% of new Mac buyers in the U.S. are “switchers” from Windows PCs.

You had me at hello, Steve…

Steve Jobs at Macworld 06 (AP)12:10 p.m. EST: Steve Jobs appears to “unreal applause” (Engadget) Says “we’re gonna make history today…” Oooooh….

12:07 p.m. EST: Still waiting … people are milling around … no worries… annnnd, cue Steve!

12:00 p.m. EST: We’re off and running (or should be)cue the Steve!

11:51 a.m. EST: TUAW.com reports that the Apple Store is down. Woot! It’s almost showtime… Last chance for rumors!!!

11:45 a.m. EST: So I guess I should put my predictions down for the record… here’s what I think we’ll see today on stage (in order of likelihood). Place your bets now!:

  • Apple CEO Steve Jobs (100% chance)
  • Mac OSX Leopard new feature demos (100% chance)
  • Jokes about Microsoft Vista (100% chance)
  • Jobs in black top/jeans (95% chance)
  • Jobs in turtleneck (80% chance)
  • Apple phone announcement (80% chance)
  • Apple iTV streaming device details (80% chance)
  • New Macbooks/Macbook Pros (50% chance)
  • Apple new iPod line product and/or new widescreen iPod (50% chance)
  • Dual-Quad-core (8x) Apple Mac Pro (50% chance)
  • Jobs pulls something new out of his pocket during the presentation (40% chance)
  • New iPod music speaker system / bluetooth headphones (25% chance)
  • New Apple HDTV living-room product/television (25% chance)

11:37 a.m. EST: The Guardian’s blog, Organ Grinder, is also feeling the love of MacWorld keynote day.

11:34 a.m. EST: A note from AppleMatters… if the Apple phone has wi-fi (and therefore, Skype) capabilities, will it save you money? Probably not, but a cool idea nonetheless.

11:28 a.m. EST: Meanwhile, across the desert at CES, did you know people are getting tasered? And they’re standing in line volunteering for it?!?!!

11:23 a.m. EST: Slate gets a dig on Steve Jobs before his moment of glory, saying he should be held accountable for the stock-options scandal.

11:20 a.m. EST: Lunch….two spicy chicken and cheese empanadillas. Yes, I know this has no Macworld implications…but, hey, yummmm….

11:02 a.m. EST: Cool post by Glenn Wolsey, hitting you with all the live updating Macworld blogs. Play along with the Apple love-in at home!

10:58 a.m. EST: Also, the Wall St. Journal has a story reporting a Cingular tie-in with the Apple phone and is reporting that Viacom is making the deal with iTunes to sell its movie library on the service.

10:47 a.m. EST: Thanks to Digg, here’s a link for the video of the keynote, which should go live after the whole thing goes down (about 1:30-2 p.m. EST, I’d guess).

10:44 a.m. EST: Just saw Drudge posting the BBC story predicting the Apple phone. Hmm…seems like the Int. Herald-Tribune was dead-on on Sunday with their call.

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7 Comments
  1. January 9, 2007 3:11 pm

    Greatest in history? They released a PHONE! They also released it on the stupidest network their is….Cingular. it’s nice and all, but you know, only 8 gig??? How are you supposed to watch alot of movies on only 8 gig? Stream them over EDGE?? Hardly. Don’t get me wrong…it’s a ingenious design, but it’s not the end all be all. No stylus? Greasy screens….ick!

    Apple TV is nice and the price is right, but it’s not even that revolutionary. Just hook any Front Row Mac up and it’s almost the same…minus the syncing.

    Greatest keynote eva? I think not.

  2. January 9, 2007 3:13 pm

    It’s the greatest keynote in Apple history because of the innovative product, the reaction of the crowd who was DYING for something like this, and the risk Apple is taking on this. And yes, it looks like FrontRow on your Mac, but can you put your Mac in your pocket/purse?

    As for the greasy screens….invest in Windex glass-cleaner stock, my friend.

    Thanks for reading…

  3. January 9, 2007 3:23 pm

    Thank you! I feel like I was there, with all the benefits of not being there.

  4. January 10, 2007 12:04 am

    How long must we, the public, wait to find out if you can put an iPhone in a blender and see it blend up like an iPod smoothie?

    http://markdaycomedy.wordpress.com/2007/01/10/will-it-blend-ipods-iphones-the-constitution/

  5. January 10, 2007 2:06 am

    I was following this live here on Hard Drive Life earlier today, and it was awesome.

    Being trapped down in Australia, you don’t realise how liberating broadband has made things.

    Thanks so much for your efforts,

    gaz

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