Apple Byte: Macworld 2009 preview
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Apple Byte: Macworld 2009 preview

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Netbooks! iPhone Nanos! The return of the Cube! We have some fun and tell you what we think you'll see at Macworld, but don't hold it against us.

[ Music ] ^M00:00:05 >> What's up, I'm Brian Tong and welcome to the Apple Byte. This week we're doing a little Macworld preview, now this is pure speculation from my gut and experience with Apple over the years and I'm not just gonna post a bunch rumors to get attention, so let's have a little fun with this. Now Macworld is all about the consumer, so the announcements are usually geared towards that crown. First stop, my gut tells me we'll see a 32-gig iPhone 3G, but we won't see a brand new iPhone. Instead Apple will tease us with a First Look at the new iPhone software that will give us some of those juicy features we've been waiting for, but the actual software will be available in June. And you know this will leave iPhone freaks happy while wanting more which is classic Apple. So I guess I'll go out on the limb let's just pick some features that I think we'll see. I think we'll really get native landscape modes for texting and e-mailing. My gut tells me copy and paste and voice commands too, but you know they still got to leave us something to bitch about and they've done nothing to show me. They wanna give me multimedia messaging or stereo Bluetooth, but if they improve Google's preview I will hurt someone. Now, since we're shooting the show ahead of time I won't know this, but if we don't hear anything about the iTunes store going DRM-free we'll definitely see at Macworld. And won't we feel special when they tell us iTunes is now DRM-free and every track is 99 cents. On the home front this isn't rocket science, but the Imax are due and should get a refresh. Plus based on the product life cycle we should also see something on the Mac Mini front. One thing I don't see is Blue-ray players or burners being apart of it. >> We're waiting until Blue-ray really takes off in the marketplace before we burden our customers with the cost of all of that licensing and the cost of the drive. >> And like many Macworlds, we should see an updates to the iLife '08 suite. It's about time they roll out new stuff and maybe iMovie '08 will finally get back the ability to slow-mo or speed up clips 'cause that's pretty basic. Okay, another guess Apple TV will still be a hobby for the big "A." Apple has no momentum in the category, but if they want people to even take a look at it give me something like TiVo DVR capability, Netflix streaming and boxy-like functionality. Then at least you get my attention. Oh, yeah no netbooks. Not at this Macworld anyways and as for the hottie report my gut says plenty. Well, at least compared to that rooster fest that CES, but we'll see how it shakes out. Now, it's only fair that you call me out where I'm wrong here because believe me I'll call out all those other sites who just start rumors and claim them as true from their sources because that stuff drives me nuts! Now, over all I think Macworld will be a pretty tame show with nothing earth shattering, but hey I could be wrong. So, send us an email at the applebyte@cnet.com. Tell us how your Macworld went and whatever else you want. I'm Brian Tong for CNET.com. Thanks for watching and come back next time for another byte of the Apple. ^M00:02:57 [ Music ]

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