50 Weeks to Go!

Just watched the keynote speech of Steve Jobs on 2008 MacWorld. He presented 4 notable new products: Time Capsule which is to support Time Space app in Leopard, iPhone’s new interface, iTune Movie Rental along with the revolutionized Apple TV, and world’s thinnest notebook MacBook Air.

Some of the highlighting points:

After 200 days since introduction, 4 million iPhones have been sold. The market share, even in the first quarter, reached as high as 19.5 percent, the number two.

iTunes has sold 4 billion songs and 7 million movies.

MacBook Air weighs only 3 pounds, 0.16 to 0.76 inch high, but does not compromise in power. It has an Intel Core Duo at 1.6 GHz, 2 GB memory, 80 GB HDD (or 64 GB SDD), full-size keyboard with backlit, 13.3 inch screen, 5-hour battery power, and multitouch gesture as previously seen in iPhone. It does not have a optical disc, because Jobs thinks nowadays you don’t need it – You watch movies from iTunes, you sync songs to iPod, and you have Remote Disc feature to use the optical disc from other Mac or PC.

The price:
Time capsule: 500 GB, $299; 1 TB, $499.
iPhone, free upgrade; iPod Touch, $20 to upgrade the software.
iTunes movie rental, $3 for library title and $4 for new release. Add $1 to upgrade to HD quality. Also, $2 for TV episode,
Apple TV price is cut to $229.
MacBook Air is from $1799.

What a technology feast!

And as Steve said, the first 2 weeks of 2008 have gone, and we have 50 weeks more to go!

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