Macworld 2008 – Apple Keynote Highlights

January 16, 2008

Click here to watch the keynote in Quicktime.

Macbook Air

  • World thinnest notebook
  • USD1,699 (Est RM5,999) to USD3,098 (Est RM10,999)
  • 0.76 inches at the thickest part, and just 0.16 inches at the thinnest
  • It weighs 3 pounds, comes with 2GBs of memory standard
  • 13.3-inch display, and it’s LED backlit
  • Intel’s Core 2 Duo, running at 1.6GHz standard, optional 1.8GHz.
  • Built-in iSight camera
  • Multitouch gesture support that expands upon the gesture support already present in MacBooks.
  • It’s got a 1.8-inch 80GB hard drive, with the option of a “pricey” 64GB solid-state drive.
  • More information here

New iPhone features Updated via iTunes

  • Maps with location (partnership between Apple, Google and Skyhook Wireless)
  • Customize the home screen (web pages, applications, etc)
  • Send text messages to multiple people
  • Support lyrics from songs you’re listening to

iPod Touch

  • Adding five applications to the iPod Touch (Mail, Maps, Stocks, Notes, and Weather)
  • Wi-Fi as the Maps triangulation
  • Customize the iPod Touch just like the iPhone
  • Note: It’s now built in to every iPod Touch, but older iPod Touch users will have to pay $20 for the features.


  • iTunes Movie Rentals (Touchstone, Miramax, MGM, Lionsgate, and New Line Cinema are involved, plus Fox, Warner, Disney, Paramount, Universal, and Sony)
  • In February, Apple will launch with 1,000 films. But the company had to make a concession: Apple won’t get them until 30 days after the DVD release. The movies can be watched anywhere, on any device. You can watch them instantly, they download as you start watching. You have 30 days to watch the movie after you download it, but only 24 hours to watch it after you start the movie.
  • Library titles will cost $2.99. New releases will cost $3.99. You can also transfer movies to an iPod from your Mac or PC right in the middle of watching them.

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