Yesterday, Apple officially unveiled the iPhone 4 to the world during the WWDC keynote event. Aside for the all-new design, the iPhone 4 will feature the A4 Chip (same snappy chip used in the iPad), HD Recording, Video Chat, the Retina Display (which packs 4x the resolution of the 3GS) and much more. For those of you who missed out on some or all of the event highlights, Apple have now uploaded the entire keynote for your viewing pleasure. Alternatively, you can download it as a video podcast via itunes and enjoy it on your iPhone/iPod Touch or iPad.
In an effort to stem the high prices of its laptop line, Apple announced overhauled MacBool Pro models. The series received the most immediately noticeable upgrade in a return to a smaller form factor which has long been overdue. The 12 inch PowerBook replacement received these updates over its prior incarnation as a mere MacBook: a MacBook Pro quality screen, the reintroduction of a FireWire port and an SD card port. However, the 15-inch model was made redundant. Unless you need the speakers and the larger screen, there is no reason to opt for the more expensive middling model.
Just watching a re-make of the Babylon 5 pilot episode (not really that good at all) and I got this tidbit when my iPod Touch plugged in for a bit of juice. According to iTunes, the download can take up to 30 minutes on a ‘typical broadband connection’. After agreeing to the upgrade, I had to agree to two sets of rules and regulations, but things are going smoothly.
Despite the lamentable changes in the laptop line, WWDC brought excitement to the scene with great announcements about Snow Leopard, iPhone OS 3.0 and a the new, faster iPhone 3GS. In all the rush of news and disappointments, it would be easy to forget that Safari 4, Apple’s latest version of their svelte web browser emerged from beta to greet eager downloaders last evening.
The MacBook Pro has suffered serious setbacks since its 2008 redesign. The combined insult of a glossy glass screen and removal of the firewire 400 port was reason enough to skip the 15 inch model in favour of the cheaper plastic MacBook. But the new 15-inch line as updated at WWDC is the worst line of laptops from the Cupertino company in a long time. Below is the spec list from the new 15-inch machines.
- 1699$. 2.53 GHz, 4 GB RAM – NVIDIA GeForce 9400M, 250GB HD, Firewire 800, Glossy Screen, SD Card Port, 2 USB, Optical line in/Out
- 1999$. 2.66 GHz, 4 GB RAM – NVIDIA GeForce GT, 320GB HD. Firewire 800, Glossy Screen, SD Card Port, 2 USB, Optical line in/Out
- 2299$. 2.8 GHz, 4 GB RAM – NVIDIA GeForce GT, 500 GB HD. Firewire 800, Glossy Screen, SD Card Port, 2 USB, Optical line in/Out
Built to Order (BTO) options:
- Upgrade to 3.06 GHz Core 2 Duo
- Upgrade to 8 GB RAM
- Upgrade to 500 GB HDD or 256 GB SSD
This information was covered in the first section of Apple’ WWDC Keynote.
Take a look here for a ‘rundown’ of the keynote speech. Quite exciting releases in OSX, OS 3.0 and the iPhone 3GS kept this WWDC’s keynote a real page-scroller. 3rd iPhone rumours will now bring up memories that now can go lie in shallow graves, but as you can see, many of the rumours were spot on.
After the jump is a list of items that did not get mention at WWDC.
Keep a look out here for major updates from Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference as well as a final recap as the conference closes. Apple fans, iPhone devotees and the rest of you, it is WWDC time! If you are interested, take a look at the entire event over at Apple’s WWDC QuickTime page.
- Major MacBook upgrades and Incremental MacBook Pro upgrades (all aluminium versions are now MacBook Pros)
- Snow Leopard to be sold for only 29$ USD! Microsoft’s balls are in Apple’s court now – They cannot afford to price Windows 7 less than Windows Vista, so upgrading to the newest from Redmond will be very, very expensive in light of Apple’s supple and tidy OS.
- iPhone 3G at 99$ (8GB), iPhone 3GS 199$ (16GB), iPhone 3GS 299$ (32GB)
- Autofocus Camera @ 3 MegaPixels and new Camera software/10cm Macro
- Digital Compass to work with Core Location
- Turn by Turn Navigation and In-App Google Maps Support
- Better Language Support
- Find My iPhone for Mobile Me users
- Tethering/HTML 5.0/OpenGL 2.0
- Voice commands for phone and iPod functions
- Landscape editing
- Spotlight search for entire iPhone and all apps!
- Better Battery (iPhone 3GS)
- More Accessibility support
- iPhone users can download movies straight from iTunes (unless your mum says now)
- Cut/Copy/Paste for every app in the App Store and all Apple apps (2 years too late?)
Of course, we knew many of these functions as part of the OS 3.0 Sneak Peak back in March.
Today’s WWDC (World Wide Developer’s Conference 10 AM PST) will usher in a new wave of enthusiasm for Apple’s devices. Positive or not, charges will be set under both Apple’s faithful and its heretics alike. Last year saw the App Store’s maiden voyage and the launch of the iPhone 3G; 2008’s conference was one of the most historic and revolutionary events in Apple’s life. Now, with a mature Leopard in the innards of every Mac and the iDevice, they will need to do the impossible yet again: wow the ever-expectant crowd.
Yup, that time again. Yup, will continue being that time until the device makes actual appearance at either WWDC or another event. Next year will be the same. Anyway, take a look above and tell us: what do you think of the iPod Touch-like bottom-mounted headphone jack? Personally, I love it.
If you hate reading and believe that a picture is worth a thousand words, and that pictures with words are worth even more, then this post from the Green Room is for you. With virtually every next iPhone rumour compiled in a nicely rendered map with full legend, this is the wrap-up you have been waiting for. Keep in mind that we will likely have more than enough of the Apple-juice come Monday’s WWDC, but in the meantime, this blog post is a great way to get through the day.