10/14/08
10:52 am

Apple Special Notebook Announcement Live

Summary: Jobs announced new MacBook Pros, a new 24-inch display, and new MacBooks. He also announced an update for the MacBook Air. The new MacBooks and MacBook Pros feature a new style of construction where the the aluminum body is carved from a single block. They include new Nvidia graphics chips for better video performance, and a new mini display port. There is also a new glass trackpad that supports multi-touch for gestures and the entire trackpad is a the button.

Here was the play-by-play:
10:05 Steve Jobs comes on stage and introduces Tim Cook, the Apple COO.
10:08 Cook talking about the success of Mac taking more market share over the last few years.
10:10 Cook says Mac actually has 31% market share when you measure in revenue.
10:12 Jobs introduces Jonathan Ive, Apple VP and lead designer to talk about MacBook design.
10:15 Ive talking about building notebooks by taking a single piece of aluminum and carving parts out of it.
10:17 Start with a 2.5 pound piece of aluminum and end up with a single .25 pound piece.
10:20 Jobs now talking about the Nvidia 9400M chipset, which will provide video and a GPU, 5 times faster than the current MacBook integrated video.
10:22 New MacBooks will feature a multi-touch glass trackpad, where the entire trackpad is the button.
10:23 New trackpad will include multi-touch gestures and multiple button support through software.
10:24 New MacBook Pro: Glass LED-backlit screen, connectors on one side only, mini display connector, new trackpad, new graphics chips, new rigid aluminum body built with new technique.
10:25 Also: Backlit keyboard, iSight and mic, magnetic latch, motion sensor.
10:26 New mini port connector will be on all new Macs?
10:29 NVIDIA GeForce 9400M or the NVIDIA GeForce 9600M.
10:31 Will include Firewire 800, two USB, mini display port, audio in and out, ExpressCard 34, and a battery indicator. No Firewire 400 (But you can use an adapter). Have slot-loading superdrive.
10:33 Option for Solid State Drive. Can access the drive and battery through lid at bottom.
10:34 .95 inches thick.
10:35 Bluetooth 2.1, 802.11n.
10:36 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 3MB L2 Cache, 2GB Memory, 250GB hard drive and SuperDrive for $1999.
10:36 2.53 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 6MB L2 Cache, 4GB Memory, larger hard drive and SuperDrive for $2499. Also better video chips.
10:38 Shipping today!
10:39 Upgrading MacBook Air: Nvidia 9400M, 120GB drive, mini display port (November)
10:40 New 24-inch display with 1920×1200, iSight, mic, stereo speakers, 3-port USB, $899 (November)
10:41 New MacBooks: Nvidia 9400M, mini display port, glass screen, multi-touch trackpad, new construction technique like the MacBook Pro, better battery life.
10:44 2.0 GHz processor model with 160GB drive for $1299 and 2.4 GHz for with 250GB drive for $1599.
10:45 Old white plastic MacBook still on sale for $999. MacBooks on sale today, in stores tomorrow.
10:46 Video shown about new MacBook and manufacturing process.
10:52 Jobs jokes about health, shows current blood pressure on screen (110/70).
10:53 Q&A session.
10:54 Display Port used instead of HDMI because HDMI can’t drive 30-inch monitor.
10:56 Blu-ray left out because it is too hard to license it.
10:58 17-inch MacBook Pro will also be refreshed, but later.
11:00 Only glass screens, no more matte ones in the future.
11:02 Jobs says touch screens don’t make sense yet.
11:03 No Mac “netBook” yet as market is too new.