Macworld this year was certainly different. I won’t call it a complete letdown, but many of the rumors floating around sadly did not come to fruition. There was no upgraded Mac Mini. No iMac revision, no iPhone nano, and most glaring of all, no Steve Jobs.
Phil Schiller delivered the keynote, and introduced three things. The first being iLife ’09.
The latest iteration of iLife comes with a lot of cool features. For instance, in iPhoto you will be able to geotag the location that you took the picture. Within iPhoto, there is a database of thousands of locations, so you will be able to assign geotags to you photos. The mapping comes directly from Google maps. Another cool feature is iPhoto can be linked directly to your Facebook and Flickr accounts. You can sync it directly to your Facebook account for instance and have your friends tag the pictures. Also implemented is face detection. The program can now identify photos based on facial recognition. Sounds really cool, a little creepy though.
iLife ‘09 will be available in late January. iLife ships free on all Macs. It will be $79 for upgrades, and $99 for a family pack that’s usable on five computers. Leopard is needed for the new iLife.
The next announcement was iWork ’09. iWork is basically a suite of office applications. iWork will be $79 for single user, $99 for the family pack, and $49 with a new Mac. A Mac boxset with Leopard, iLife, and iWork will go for $169. Not a bad combo deal.
The last announcement was the 17″ Macbook Pro. It is the .98 inches thin, 6.6 pounds, and is the world’s lightest and thinnest 17″ notebook. Like the latest macbooks, it has an LED backlit display. The native resolution is 1920×1200. In terms of I/O, it has a Mini DisplayPort, USB, FireWire 800, and a MagSafe. It also has a glass trackpad. Specs are solid with a 2.66GHz processor, 4GB RAM, 320GB hard drive and either a 9800M integrated GPU or a 9600GT. battery life is up to 8 hours.
Retail price for this sucker is $2799. Want a matte screen instead of a gloss screen? Plunk down another $50.
There you have it. That was Macworld ’09. Stay tuned for further updates as I get them.