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What You May (Or May Not) Have Missed At Macworld

What You May (Or May Not) Have Missed At Macworld

By Evan Ackerman

If you couldn’t make it to Macworld this year, don’t feel bad… You really didn’t miss that much. There was no 32 gig iPhone, no widescreen iPhone, no iPhone with a keyboard, no iPhone Nano… In fact, there wasn’t really any of those “one more things” that Apple is famous for revealing at the show. In a nutshell, here’s what came out:

New Macbook Pro:

17″ 1900 x 1200 LED backlit display with 700:1 contrast and a $50 matte option
2.66 gHz Core 2 Duo, 4 gigs of ram
Discrete Nvidia GeForce 9600M graphics
320 gig HD, superdrive

It’s 6.6 pounds including an integrated (non-removable) battery that should give you 7-8 hours of juice (for 1000 cycles) depending on how graphics intensive your applications are. Replacing the battery costs $179.

SSD options should be available, but for now the new Macbook Pro is on pre-order in just the base configuration for $2799.

Misc. Software Updates:

iPhoto 09, iMovie 09, and so forth.

DRM Free iTunes:

The good news is that iTunes (all of it) will soon be available in DRM-free higher quality (256 kbps) AAC format. Also good news is that if you have an iPhone, you can purchase and download music over 3G instead of just over WiFi. The medicore/bad news is that Apple is changing the iTunes pricing from a flat $0.99 per song to either $0.69, $0.99, or $1.29 per song, depending on what music labels charge them. Yes, some music will be cheaper, but the music you WANT is more likely to get more expensive. Upgrading your current music to the newer, better, less annoyingly DRM’d “iTunes Plus” version will cost $0.30 per song. Look for all of this stuff to start getting implemented by April 1st, which is kinda a stupid date to start implementing major changes to anything, if you ask me.

Oh, and there was one more thing…

…and it was Tony Bennett. Wheee.

If you’re still craving more Apple, you should seek help and then watch the keynote in full on Apple’s website.