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Jobs Keynote: No New Pro Models

iMacs upgraded to G4 processors, get flat panels with nVidia graphics By Dave Nagel
Steve Jobs has ended his keynote address at the Macworld Expo. New models announced today include G4 flat-panel iMacs and slightly enhanced G3 iBooks, with the iMacs receiving a complete redesign. Contrary to all the rumors and seemingly contrary to Apple's own hype, there were no new pro desktop models introduced today.

G4 iMacs
The iMac receives a complete redesign, including a G4 processor 15-inch flat-panel display, semispherical base and chrome neck. Jobs says the new monitors are twice as bright and sharp as conventional CRT displays. Jobs called it "the official death of the CRT." The G4 iMacs run at 700 MHz or 800 MHz. They also include a SuperDrive--the same model found in the higher-end desktop G4s. The DVD-R discs themselves now cost $5 apiece. The iMacs also have nVidia GeForce2 graphics cards with 32 MB of video memory, five USB ports and two FireWire ports.

The new iMacs will hold up to 1 GB of RAM and can also be updated to include an AirPort wireless networking card. (The new models include an integrated antenna.)


They are available in three models. The first one, at 700 MHz, with a CD-RW, 128 MB RAM and a 40 GB hard drive, sells for $1,299. The mid-range model includes 256 MB RAM and has a combo drive. It sells for $1,499. The last one, at 800 MB with a SuperDrive and 60 GB hard drive, sells for $1,799. The SuperDrive model will ship this month. The mid-range model will come in February. The low-end model will arrive in March.

The new iBooks get a reduction in price on the low-end model to $1,199. The mid-range model has been abandoned. The high-end model with a DVD combo drive will sell for $1,499. A new 14-inch model has also been introduced for $1,799. They run at 500 MHz, 600 MHz and 600 MHz, respectively. All are available today.

Mac OS X standard
According to Jobs, Mac OS X will now be the standard OS for all Macintosh models. All of the models that will be introduced today will automatically boot into OS X. It will take the rest of the month, Jobs said, to bring OS X to every Mac. Macs will also continue to ship with OS 9 on a CD.

Apple iPhoto: the fourth digital hub component
Jobs has introduced iPhoto for Mac OS X, an application for capturing images from a digital camera and archiving them. It can also perform some image editing functions. The program is supposed to launch automatically whenever a digital camera is plugged into the Mac. It's a sort of companion to iDVD, iTunes and iMovie. According to Jobs, they all fit into Apple's vision of the "digital hub." The software has also been further integrated into iTools, Apple's online services. Users can store their photos on the iTools service and order prints through Kodak, as well as hard-bound books containing photos. Hard-bound books can be created directly in iPhoto through the program's integrated page-layout features. It's available for free download today.

Adobe shows Photoshop for OS X
After discussing the education market, Jobs handed over the stage to Adobe, who announced (as we have already heard) the release of After Effects 5.5 for OS X and the announcements of LiveMotion 2.0 and GoLive 6.0, which will ship this quarter. Adobe also for the first time showed off Photoshop 7.0 for Mac OS X. Photoshop 6.0 will be the first Photoshop release that supports AppleScript. It will also have spell checking capabilities. Photoshop is currently in release candidate mode, according to Adobe, and will ship soon.

Palm Desktop in beta
Palm announced that Palm Desktop 4.0 is available in beta form. Users can download the beta software at http://www.palm.com.

Watch this space throughout the event (and after) for updates as they happen! The keynote today runs from 9 a.m. through 11 a.m. To make sure you're getting the latest, please periodically right click or Control click on this frame, and select "Refresh Page" or "Reload." Updates will appear as announcements are made.

In other news....
Apple also made a few other announcements. The company has sold more than 1 million DVD-R discs since the introduction of iDVD and DVD Studio Pro. According to Jobs, the state of Maine has ordered 36,000 iBooks for seventh- and eighth-grade students. iPod, Apple's portable MP3 player, has sold 125,000 units, iBooks, iMacs and the concept of the digital hub. Here's what he's had to say so far.

Other news announcements on the professional front have included Studio Artist 2.0 and a cross-platform version of Avid Xpress DV, as well as Adobe GoLive 6 and LiveMotion 2 for OS X. Most developer news will be released Jan. 8, but expect to see loads of it today as well following Steve Jobs's keynote address. Be sure to keep checking our home page for all the latest announcements affecting Macintosh creative professionals!

Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at dnagel@digitalmedianet.com.

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