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Apple Releases Aluminum Unibody 17" MacBook Pro

Apple announced a new 17" MacBook Pro which will be available in late January. Utilizing the same unibody construction as the 15" MacBook Pro and 13" MacBook, the 17" MacBook Pro will be available in a single alterable configuration for $2799 including the following: - Three USB ports - Mini DisplayPort - Firewire 800 (no 400) - Digital audio in/out - Expresscard - Gigabit Ethernet - Magsafe - $50 anti-glare option available Like the 15" MacBook Pro, the notebook includes both 9400M and 9600M graphic and a glass button-less trackpad. 320GB HDD standard with a 256GB SSD upgrade available. RAM can be upgraded to 8GB of 1066 MHz DDR3 memory. True to rumors, the new MacBook Pro has a longer-lasting battery which will run for up to 8 hours, but is now non-removable. Apple claims the battery can take up to 1000 charges and will run up to 5 years. Apple is also offering a take-back and recycling program if you need to replace the

Apple Announces Changes to iTunes Stores: DRM Free, Variable Pricing

At today's Macworld Expo keynote, Apple announced several changes to the iTunes store. Starting today, 8 million of the iTunes Store's 10 million songs are now available DRM-free via iTunes Plus. All 10 million songs in the iTunes Store will be offered DRM-free by the end of March. Apple will also offer users a one-click solution to upgrade their entire library to iTunes Plus for 30 cents per song or 30% of album prices. Additionally, the iTunes Wi-Fi music store is now compatible with 3G, allowing iPhone users to preview and download the entire iTunes music catalog over the 3G cellular network. Songs are available at the same price and quality as over Wi-Fi. Finally, beginning in April, the iTunes Store will offer pricing in three tiers ($0.69, $0.99, and $1.29) based on the prices the music labels charge Apple. Update: Several users have reported that iTunes Store downloads are also working over AT&T's slower EDGE

Apple Releases iWork '09

In addition to iLife '09, Apple announced a major revision to its iWork suite of applications. iWork '09 is available now for $79/single user and $99/family pack, or only $49 with the purchase of a new Mac. It begins shipping today. Keynote New transitions, chart options. There's also a new Keynote Remote app for the iPhone and iPod touch to control Keynote wirelessly with video preview that changes depending on orientation. Pages Full screen viewing of documents, dynamic outlines, and a new mail merge with Numbers, which can connect with tables and lists in Numbers. Pages will also offer integration with MathType and EndNote. Additionally, there's a new set of 40 themes coming with the app. Numbers Table categories and 250 new functions will make things easier to understand. iWork.com A beta of this will be announced soon - offering collaboration options for notifying other people that you've changed documents, and allow others to review and edit them online. This will be a fee-based service offered by Apple once iWork.com launches. Since OS X 10.5.x is required to run the new iLife, Apple is also offering a package of OS X 10.5, iLife '09 and iWork '09 for $169. This "Mac Box Set" will ship in late January when iLife '09

Apple Announces iLife '09

At MacWorld San Francisco today, Apple announced a major update to its iLife suite of applications. iLife '09 will be available by late January 2009. Upgrade costs are $79, with a family pack at $99. It is shipping on all new macs. Here's a quick breakdown of some of the standout features of the new apps: iPhoto '09 - Faces: Addition of facial recognition to events. Photos can be tagged to recognize faces, as in Facebook. - Places: Uses geotagging to find information about the latitude and longitude of a photo. This information can be supplied either by a newer camera with built-in gps capabilities, or manually by user input. - Slideshow Themes: Uses facial detection to properly position pictures in a slideshow. There's also support for Facebook and Flickr, with built-in geotagging. iMovie '09 - Dynamic Themes: Context-sensitive menus for clips, along with animated travel maps - Automatic Image Stabilization: Helps reduce motion in shaky video - Precision Editor: Video and audio - Advanced Drag and Drop: For placing video wherever you want it in the timeline - Video Effects: Brings back special effects to iMovie GarageBand '09 - Learn to Play: Teaches how to play an instrument with video instruction from professionals/celebrities. Nine basic lessons included, with additional downloads available at $4.99 each from within the app. Since OS X 10.5.x is required to run the new iLife, Apple is also offering a package of OS X 10.5, iLife '09 and iWork '09 for $169. This "Mac Box Set" will ship in late January when iLife '09

Mac OS X (Leopard) 10.5.2 Update Released

Apple has released the Mac OS X 10.5.2 Leopard update. The 180MB download is now available via Software Update, and a restart is required after installation: The 10.5.2 Update is recommended for all users running Mac OS X Leopard and includes general operating system fixes that enhance the stability, compatibility and security of your Mac. For detailed information on this update, please visit this website: http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=307109. For detailed information on security updates, please visit this website: http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=61798. A number of improvements are detailed, but some highlights are listed here: - Airport: Improves connection reliability and stability - Back to my Mac: Adds support for more third-party routers, as detailed in this article. - Dock: Updates Stacks with a List view option, a Folder view option, and an updated background for Grid view. - Desktop: Addresses legibility issues with the menu bar with an option to turn off transparency in Desktop & Screen Saver preferences. - Desktop: Adjusts menus to be slightly-less translucent overall. - iSync: Adds support for Samsung D600E and D900i phones. - RAW Image: Adds RAW image support for several cameras, as detailed in this article. - Safari: Addresses issues with Safari reliably resolving certain domains. - Time Machine: Adds a menu bar option for accessing Time Machine features (the menu extra can be enabled in Time Machine preferences). - Time Machine: Improves backup reliability when computer name contains slash or non-ASCII

Apple Announces MacBook Air

As rumored, Apple announced a new line of portable computers during Steve Jobs' keynote speech at MacWorld San Fransisco today, the MacBook Air. The new line is a complement to the existing MacBook and MacBook Pro lines. Features of the new portable include being "the world's thinnest notebook," at 0.16" to 0.76" - thinner than the the thinnest part of a Sony TZ series laptop. Screen size is an LED backlit 13.3" widescreen with a magnetic latch. The MacBook Air keyboard is MacBook-like, but with an ambient light sensor. The new machines feature a multi-touch trackpad, allowing the user to double-tap and move. Rotate a photo by pivoting your index finger around your thumb, as well as pinch & zoom. Additionally there's a 45 Watt MagSafe power adapter, a Micro-DVI out as well as Audio Out, 802.11n + Bluetooth 2.1/EDR. There's a 1.8" hard drive for storage - either 80GB standard, or a 64GB SSD as an option. Intel shrunk the size of the Core 2 Duo chip by 60% to fit in the new machine. Battery life is approximately 5 hours. No optical drive is on the MacBook Air, but a SuperDrive accessory is available for $99. There's also new software being released that allows the portable to "borrow" a Mac or PC's optical drive. All models feature 2GB of memory standard. The case is fully aluminum (good for recycling), the first fully mercury and lead free display, circuit boards are BFR free, and retail packaging are 56% less volume than a MacBook. The new MacBook Air starts at $1799 is available for pre-order today, and is expected to be shipping in two weeks. MacHeist is

Apple Announces Apple TV Take 2 + Price Drop

Now there's no computer required - you can now rent movies directly on the Apple TV in your choice of DVD quality or HD + dolby 5.1 surround sound. Podcasts are available in audio and video format, as well as photos from Flikr and .Mac and sync with iTunes. AppleTV allows you to preview movies from the interface, and see what other users who have rented that movie have rented. Photo screensavers can be retrieved from .Mac web galleries. Music can be purchased from the iTunes Store from within the Apple TV. The update is available as a free software update that should be available in two weeks for current AppleTV owners. Entry price for the AppleTV also drops from $299 to $229. HD rentals are $4.99, with 100 titles available today. MacHeist is providing full sponsorship for our MacRumorsLive feed today. Buy their 14 application bundle for $49 and support MacRumorsLive.

Apple Announces iTunes Movie Rentals

Apple announced that as of last week, the iTunes Store has sold over 4 billion songs. A new single-day record was set this past Christmas Day (December 25, 2007) with 20 million songs sold in 24 hours. iTunes Movie Rentals Touchstone, Mirimax, MGM, Lionsgate, Newline, Fox, WB, Disney, Paramount, Universal & Sony are all on board. Over 1000 movies - available 30 days after the DVD release of the film. Watch anywhere - Macs, PCs, all current iPods and iPhone. Watch instantly - 30 second delay with modern broadband Rules - 30 days to start watching, 24 hours to complete once started Pricing - $2.99, new releases $3.99 The new rental service launches in the U.S. today. International will launch later this year. Software updates for iPods and iTunes forthcoming. MacHeist is providing full sponsorship for our MacRumorsLive feed today. Buy their 14 application bundle for $49 and support MacRumorsLive.

Apple Announces iPod Touch Software Update

During Steve Jobs' keynote address, he announced 5 new apps for the iPod Touch: Mail, Stocks, Notes, Weather, and Maps. The updated software will be available to existing users for a $20 upgrade fee. MacHeist is providing full sponsorship for our MacRumorsLive feed today. Buy their 14 application bundle for $49 and support MacRumorsLive.

Apple Announces iPhone Software Update & SDK Release Date

Apple announced a number of updates to the iPhone platform today. The iPhone has sold over 4 million units since going on sale 200 days ago. That averages 20,000 iPhones sold per day. In its first quarter shipping, the iPhone garnered 19.5% of the US Smartphone market (2nd, behind only RIM's BlackBerry). iPhone SDK Release scheduled for February New Software today Google Maps with Location Webclips - website bookmarks on your home screen. Clips will remember where you zoomed/panned to, and you are able to create up to 9 of them. Chapter Options & Language Capability - now available in iPod mode. Multiple-Contact SMS Available today as a free update to all existing iPhone users. Many of these features were recently previously rumored. MacHeist is providing full sponsorship for our MacRumorsLive feed today. Buy their 14 application bundle for $49 and support MacRumorsLive.

Apple Announces Time Capsule

Today during the MacWorld keynote speech, Steve Jobs announced a new Airport Extreme Base Station - with "server grade" internal hard drive dubbed "Time Capsule." The new base station is available in two configurations: 500GB - $299 1TB - $499 Ships: February MacHeist is providing full sponsorship for our MacRumorsLive feed today. Buy their 14 application bundle for $49 and support MacRumorsLive.

Official MacRumors Nike+ January and 2008 Challenges

Happy New Year to all! All of us at MacRumors hope everyone had a great end of year celebration. Now is the time to get back on board with the new year and use your new 'gifts' to keep in shape, get in shape or keep a resolution! For that to happen we have created a variety of Challenges for participation. Each Quarter everyone will be invited to a 5k and 10k time trial - this is to promote speed competition and to keep everyone honest... For the Group - we created a very high goal of 25,000 miles in 2008, we will need everyone to help out to achieve it. I am also going to add monthly challenges for the group as well. I will take applespider's suggestion of the run for your birth month to start us off and make that a 2 month challenge for the slow starters. Now for the make yourself a better runner challenges: There are 4 Clubs set up: The 500 mile club the 1000 mile club the 1500 mile club the 2000 mile club If you start in a 500 and want jump up to the 1000 then just let the organizer know - all miles ran in the year are counted so it is not like you have to start over. Have a great year of running and you will find plenty of support here to encourage you along the

iTunes 7.5 & Quicktime 7.3 Released

Released via Software Update are new versions of iTunes (7.5) & Quicktime (7.3). Updates are as follows: iTunes 7.5 - 41.3MB iTunes 7.5 features the ability to activate iPhone wherever service is offered and support for Phase, a new interactive music game designed exclusively for iPod nano (third generation), iPod classic, and iPod (fifth generation). This release also includes bug fixes to improve stability and performance. Quicktime 7.3 - 51.8MB QuickTime 7.3 addresses critical security issues and delivers: - Support for iTunes 7.5 - Updated support for creating iPhone-compatible web content - Updated JavaScript support in the QuickTime Web Plug-in - Numerous bug fixes This release is recommended for all QuickTime 7 users. For detailed information on the security content of this update, please visit this website: http://www.info.apple.com/kbnum/n61798.

iTunes 7.4.1 Update Released

Now available via Software Update: With iTunes 7.4, sync your favorite music and more with the new iPod nano (third generation), iPod classic, and iPod touch, plus create custom ringtones exclusively for iPhone with many of your favorite songs purchased from the iTunes Store. You can now also play purchased videos with closed captioning (when available), easily rate your favorite albums from one to five stars, and watch videos at a larger size inside the iTunes window. The update weighs in at 38.5MB and is also available for download at http://www.apple.com/itunes/download/. It appears to break the simple free ringtone workaround. New workaround posted at iPhone blog.

New iTunes Released with Ringtone Support

Apple released a new version of iTunes at the "Beat Goes On" special media event today, allowing users to make their own ringtones & sync directly to the iphone for $.99 in addition to the cost of the song. The user is allowed to pick any 30 second selection from a song, with iTunes automatically creating fade-in and -out for the ringtone. After agreeing to your selection, you can click the "buy" button and for 99 you have a ringtone. Only select songs are available to create ringtones from, with each usable track displaying a "bell" icon. The new version of iTunes should be available tonight but Ringtone support may

8GB iPhone Price Drop, 4GB iPhone Discontinued

An additional announcement from the "Beat Goes On" media event today - the iPhone will receive a price drop, moving the 8GB model down to $399 from $599 starting immediately. The 4GB iPhone model is being dropped, due to intense consumer concentration on the 8GB model. With the current pricing, the 8GB iPhone is now only $100 more than the new iPod touch model at the same storage capacity. Note: The 4GB model is available for $299 while supplies

Apple Announces Starbucks Partnership

In addition to the iPod related releases today, Apple is pleased to announce a partnership with Starbucks. When you get near a Starbucks a fifth button will come up in the WiFi music store - you may have been in a Starbucks wondering what song is that playing? Now you can buy it with a tap of your finger. The service will reportedly display the last 10 songs played in that Starbucks. According to Starbucks Chairman Howard Schultz there will be free access to iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store via Starbucks' Wi-Fi. From Schultz: Starbucks opens 7 stores per day, over 14,000 stores & 50 million customers a week. Currently there are 5,800 WiFi equipped stores in the U.S. with more coming every day. Starbucks hopes to offer WiFi access in all its stores by 2009. No mention yet what happens when you're in range of 4 Starbucks or more at the same time.

iTunes WiFi Music Store Announced - One More Thing...

Also announced at the "Beat Goes On" media event as Steve Jobs' classic "One More Thing..." was a wifi-accessible version of the iTunes Music Store. The new version allows downloading music from iTunes directly to your iPod touch. Same pricing & selection as standard iTunes store Free previews over WiFi of any song in the iTunes store Availability of the Wifi Music Store for the iPhone is expected "in a few

Apple Releases iPod Classic

Apple released the iPod Classic at the "Beat Goes On" special media event today, revamping what was the current full-size iPod in the lineup. It features a thinner, full metal body. Capacity has been increased to either 80GB or 160GB versions. Specs are as follows: 80GB - $249 160GB - $349 - 40 hrs music playback, 7 hrs video playback Available today 80GB iPod (Black), 80GB iPod (White) - now available on Amazon

New iPod Nano Released

Apple released a new iPod nano at the "Beat Goes On" special media event held at the Moscone West event hall in San Francisco today. Specs for the new device are as follows: Incredibly smaller New colors: (RED), silver, light blue, teal & green Full Metal design New User Interface - includes Cover Flow Three games bundled - includes Vortex Video-capable Cover Flow 2" screen, with brigher, QVGA resolution (320x240) - highest pixel density Apple's ever shipped 4GB - US$149 8GB - US$199 24 hours of audio playback, 5 hours video playback Shipping Today Both models compatible with Nike+ running kit Tagline for the new nano is "A little video for everyone." The revised nano had been previously rumored. iPod Nano: Black , Silver, - now available on Amazon