Apple, WWDC, new iPhones, new Macs

I watched some of the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference live via the internet…I won’t tell you how because I’m under the impression it violated some agreement between Apple and the attendee. (I will say that they had over 23,000 viewers at times…)

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There are new MacBooks, there is a new operating system (Snow Leopard), and new iPhones.

(Notice that there are links on their webpage for “Special Deals”, “Refurbished Macs”, “Refurbished iPods”, and “Clearance” products…)

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The conference began with a video featuring John Hodgman of the “I’m a Mac/I’m a PC” commecial campaign: he wished attendees a week with “some innovation, but not too much please.”

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In September, the Snow Leopard (10.6) operating system will be priced at $29 for the upgrade version (from Leopard 10.5), and a family pack will be available for $49. I was confused when they seem to be making a big deal that it will be a 64-bit operating system, until after I read the following from http://www.apple.com/macosx/technology/#sixtyfourbit:

“…Although Mac OS X is already 64-bit capable in many ways, Snow Leopard takes the next big step by rewriting nearly all system applications in 64-bit code…”

Snow Leopard will allow support for up to 16 terabytes of RAM.

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The iPhone 3.0 operating system will be available June 17: free for iPhone owners, $9.95 for iPod touch owners.

It is to have 100 new features. (I’ve never owned an iPhone and iPod Touch, and am shocked some of them weren’t previously available…)

Cut, Copy & Paste

Landscape Keyboard

Send MMS messages and include video, photos, audio, and contact info…
(Multimedia Messaging Service, or MMS, allows the sending of sending messages that include multimedia objects and allows for longer messages.)
MMS requires support by the carrier; AT&T is expected to support MMS late this summer.

Voice Memos

Sync Notes to your Mac or PC.

Parental Controls for music, videos, and applications…

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Effective today, the 8GB iPhone 3G costs $99.

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The iPhone 3GS will be available June 19: 16GB for $199, 32GB for $299.

Built-in video camera with editing
3 megapixels
Autofocus
Tap to focus
Video recording, VGA up to 30fps with audio
Photo and video geotagging

UMTS/HSDPA (850, 1900, 2100 MHz)
GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
Wi-Fi (802.11b/g)
Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR

Audio formats supported: AAC, Protected AAC, MP3, MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, and 4), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV

3.5-mm stereo headphone minijack

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Mobile Me customers will be able to use Find My iPhone to bring up a Google Map that shows where your iPhone is (as long as it’s turned on). You will be able to send a message to the phone, and it will display a message and sound an alarm (even if it is in silent mode). Using Remote Wipe, you will be able to delete all your data; if you later find your missing phone, you can plug it into iTunes and restore it.

It’s expected to be available for the iPhone, and iPod touch.

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Some of my resources during, and after, the conference:

http://theappleblog.com/live/

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-10257637-37.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-20

http://live.gizmodo.com/

http://apple20.blogs.fortune.cnn.com/2009/06/08/live-from-apples-wwdc-2009/

http://www.macrumorslive.com/

http://www.pcworld.com/article/165990/live_update_wwdc_2009_keynote.html

MacHEADS: The Movie

(According to a presskit…)
“MacHEADS:  The Movie is a feature-length documentary about fanaticism and unconditional devotion to the corporate brand Apple inc. Through a series of interviews with the Mac’s most dedicated followers and fanboys, it takes an in-depth look at the cult of Mac and the people who charted  the machine’s rise to popularity, posing the ultimate question, is Apple losing faith as a community and becoming just a brand.”
There are two DVDs:  one the movie, and the other a “Special Features” DVD that is supposed to have over two hours of extras (I haven’t had time to watch it)…
The movie is over 54 minutes long.
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When I inserted the DVD, a song began to play:
“Once you get a mac…
there’s never going back…
it’s all you ever want to own…
puts your mind in the zone…”
Well…I guess I’ve been told.  I wondered if this might be one of those in-yer-face, nyah-nyah presentations where they are all right and good…and everyone else is evil and going to hell.  (See a conversation in our forum “TechtalkRadio User Group » General Category » General Discussion » Why are hardcore Mac users so bitter?“…)
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One of the first people I recognized was Violet Blue…who said she never knowingly slept with a Windows user.  I expected this to set the tone for the rest of the DVD, so (as a user of Windows) I began to dress into my emotional armor…
The first day of shooting for the movie began with Macworld conference in January 2007, and it’s what the movie opens with.
I’ve noticed that the production in this film has managed to get me excited for what’s ahead in the movie.  I’m very much looking forward to all of the (general) nerdiness and geekiness to come.
Galen Brandt is profiled, a hippie-looking chick who’s husband (Bruce Damer) is the curator of the Digibarn Computer Museum.
I think it’s a very good documentary.  And I don’t want to call it a documentary…more like an evangelic promotional piece.  It’s showing how very emotional those being shown are.  And, I find myself sensitive to their feelings…
Half-way through the movie, the tough times for Apple in the 1990s are covered.  Followed by the expressions by some of what the return of Steve Jobs meant to them, the company, and the legacy of Apple.
There is an examination, and some opinions, as to where feelings may currently stand regarding passion for:
the platform…
the products…
enthusiasm for the Mac brand by the company…
and relationships between Apple with the faithful (user groups and such).
Changing demographics, and their changing relationships, are examined.  As has been experienced in other areas of technology, youth is not personally networking and building relationships around computing via user groups.  (Studies show that wireless telephones are mostly what is used by today’s teens.)  A young guy that I imagine is about 20 years old expressed what others said:  there’s no reason for a (Mac) community to exist.
Towards the end of the movie, it segues into…as it should…the introduction of the iPhone.  There’s a gospel chorus song underneath (Hezekiah Walker & The Love Fellowship Choir – “I Need You To Survive”)…which made it a little creepy, but I get the point the movie is making.
Fears are expressed that Apple won’t be as interested in the Mac (as the MacHEADS are…which brought into focus for the the title of the movie).  To quote one passionate of the camaraderie:  “…don’t love Apple, love the community…”
As the movie ends, there are people in line for the iPhone.  Some have never owned a Mac…some own an iPod.  Which highlights how products and marketing has changed, and may continue to, for Apple (and others).
And a reminder that eating an apple caused humans to be removed from the garden of Eden.
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Regardless of your preference of operating systems, buy this movie.  If you are a fan of technology and/or computing, add this DVD to your collection.
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Grab-it Pack

We were sent two products from Grab-it Pack to try…

Jenny Anchondo of KOLD demonstrated it on the Tech Tuesday segment.

It’s VERY quick and easy to snap-on, and unbuckle.

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