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Jobs Keynote: 867 MHz Macs Available Today; iDVD Turns 2.0 (Update)

News from Macworld New York By Dave Nagel
At the Macworld Expo in New York this morning, Steve Jobs delivered his keynote address. He announced several new products in the Apple hardware lineup, as well as a new version of OS X. He announced new versions of the G4, called "QuickSilver." There are three new models in the lineup, including a 733 MHz model at the entry level, 867 MHz in the midrange and a dual 800 MHz model, delivering 12 gigaflops of sustained throughput.

Both the mid-range and the high-end models will ship with SuperDrives, which combine DVD burning and CD burning capabilities.

The new models will ship with Nvidia GeForce 2 cards; 40 GB, 60 GB and 80 GB hard drives, respectively; and 256 MB RAM standard in the high-end model, with 128 MB in the other two.

The new G4s also get a new silver look. They will sell for $1,699, $2,499 and $3,499, respectively. The 733 MHz and 867 MHz models will ship today. The dual-processor model will be available next month.

The new hardware also includes new versions the iMac, running at 500 MHz, 600 MHz and 700 MHz. The 700 MHz model will launch in August for $1,499. The other two are available today, and they all include CD-RW drives.

There were no new products in Apple's notebook lines.

Other announcements during the keynote are included below.

Mac OS X update
Jobs also announced Mac OS X version 10.1, what he called "the first major update to OS X." The new update focuses on performance: faster menus, faster window resizing, faster application launches and faster launches.

It also offers new features, such as an improved interface, DVD playback, CD burning, "dramatically enhanced" support for digital devices and better printing support. According to Jobs, the new release includes "thousands" of improvements.

Mac OS X 10.1 is a free upgrade that's expected to ship in September.

New version of iDVD
Jobs also announced a new version 2.0 of iDVD, citing the expected explosion in DVD players worldwide, as well as a need for users to create DVD content. The new version includes the ability to use motion menus and includes new themes, as well as the ability to encode in the background as you're working.

He also announced that iDVD 2 will support up to 90 minutes of encoding, up from the previous 60 minute limit (owing to the single compression rate). The new version is a free update and requires Mac OS X 10.1, available in September.

Vendor announcements
Also during the Jobs keynote, several representatives from third-party vendors got up to speak. Among them, Alias|Wavefront, Connectix Corp., Filemaker, Quark and Adobe. Alias|Wavefront said it is now taking orders for Maya for OS X. Connectix announced a download version of Virtual PC for OS X. The new version is free for registered users of VPC 4.0. Adobe and Quark reiterated their support for OS X and showed off the latest builds of their software for OS X, nothing that hasn't been shown before. Filemaker announced a new server version of Filemaker Pro for OS X.

We'll continue to bring you updates from Macworld as they happen. For more information, visit

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