Steve Jobs kicked-off Macworld Conference & Expo 2007 with a keynote address from San Francisco’s Moscone West and presented a couple of new products for the newly renamed Apple Inc. :
iPhone and the AppleTV.
Lets learn a little more about these new toys.
iPhone combines 3 products:
– A mobile phone
– A widescreen iPod
– A device with email, web browsing, maps, and searching
All that into one small and lightweight handheld device.
It also has a brand new touch screen interface working with OS X. Im not sure what to think about this feature. Im kind of curious to see how easy it will be to use. It looks simple enough. My main concern would be the screen. A phone is a device you carry around with you, in your hand or your pocket. I hope the screen is made of durable material that can take the punishment a mobile phone usually gets.
There are a few new features that look very useful. Like Visual Voice Mail, that lets you choose which message you wanna listen to using an email-like interface. By running OS X, Apple was able to bring a lot of the Widgets and Internet Browser (Safary) we’re used to on the Mac… nice!
Battery life… thats important on a mobile device. The iPhone has 5 hours of phone use, 16 of Music play. Not sure how this will play on actual use, but Im hoping is enough. I dont wanna have to be charging it every couple of hours.
The iPhone will start shipping be June. Price starting at $499 for the 4G.
Now you can have all your media and view it from your living room.
AppleTV connects wirelessly to your home network. It accesses your media like iTunes for Video and Music, and iPhoto for your Photographs. It also conects to the internet enabling you to stream media like Movie Trailes. You can sync it to one computer to update automatically any new media you upload of buy from iTunes. And you can stream media from up to 5 computers.
I’ve always been one to believe that soon you’ll have all your media in one place, including internet browsing, right there on your living room. This is a step closer to that end.
The AppleTV ships in February but you can pre-order it at the Apple Store. 40GB hard drive for up to 50 hours video for $299.
This is a huge step for Apple Inc. Lets see how all this develops. And if anyone gets their hands on one of these new toys, share your thoughts with us.