A hectic schedule at work and at home has prevented me from reporting on the MacWord announcements Steve Jobs made in his keynote. A quick round-up:
- Office 2008 native on Intel
- Time Capsule, an external hard drive companion to Time Machine, with a built-in Airport Extreme base station. Two versions, 500GB ($299) and 1TB ($499), ships in February.
- iPhone update: SDK in late February, now maps with locations, SMS to multiple people, webclips
- iPod Touch has upgrade to get all this. Existing users have to pay $20 to upgrade.
- iTunes movie rentals. Regular $2.99 for library titles, $3.99 for new releases. HD costs a dollar more.
- AppleTV take 2 – no computer required, but can sync to one. HD movie rentals. Integration with Flickr and YouTube. Price dropped to $229.
- World’s thinnest notebook – the Apple MacBook Air. 13.3 inch widescreen, 3 pounds, 0.76 to 0.16 inches thick, iSight camera, full size LED backlit keyboard, large trackpad with multi touch gestures (like on the iPhone and iPod Touch), 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth, 5 hours battery life, 1.8″ harddrive 80GB standard, 64GB SSD optional, 1.6GHz Core Duo. No optical drive – need to have it as USB connected drive, or borrow one from a PC or a Mac. Priced at $1799, and ships in two weeks.