Phil Schiller giving his first, and maybe only, keynote. (Credit: James Martin/CBS Interactive)
Apple has had its first and last keynote at Macworld sans Steve Jobs, with Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing, announcing updates to iLife, iWork, the 17-inch MacBook Pro and iTunes.
iLife '09 In his speech, Schiller outlined the updates to the iLife '09 suite. iPhoto now includes sorting and finding photos by face recognition, a new button for uploading to Facebook and Flickr directly, and "Places", Apple's software that supports geotagging. Slideshows can now play music and will work on the iPhone.
iMovie has also been updated, including a precision editor which allows the user to see content before and after an edit, and an audio editor that lets you sync those changes with the video. Also included is a drag-and-drop feature that allows the user to layer movies, new themes, animated travel maps, a new project library and video stabilisation.
GarageBand gained a new feature called "Learn to Play", which can teach a user to play guitar or piano, using such celebrities as John Fogerty, Patrick Stump, Sting, Sarah McLachlan, Ryan Tedder and Norah Jones. There is a built-in store in the software, allowing the user to download new lessons for US$4.99.
The iLife '09 upgrade price was stated as US$79 for a single licence, US$99 for a family pack of five, or free with all new Macs, and will be available in late January.
iWork '09 iWork also received the update treatment, including small tweaks to Keynote and Pages. Keynote adds new slide transitions, text transitions and object transitions, the latter allowing the presenter to do things such as zoom in on a particular object in a slide. Charts can now be moved in new ways, new themes are included and Keynote can now be controlled by iPhone, allowing the user to change slides using CoverFlow.
Pages received a minor update, allowing a full screen mode with no interface present so the user can focus on writing, dynamic outlining, mail merge with Numbers and new templates.
Numbers similarly received a minor update, with more powerful formulas available, and new charts.
Apple also announced iWork.com, which lets users share iWork documents and add comments or notes online. Schiller stressed it was still in beta, and while be free to begin with, would eventually transition to a paid service.
iWork '09 is set at US$79, or US$99 for a family pack of five, and will cost US$49 with a new Mac. Apple will sell a Mac Box Set with Leopard, iLife and iWork for $169.
The new 17-inch MacBook Pro brings the portfolio into line. (Credit: James Martin/CBS Interactive)
17-inch MacBook Pro The MacBook Pro's largest entrant is now compliant with the rest of the family, featuring a unibody construction, glass trackpad, Mini-DisplayPort, a non-removable battery and a choice of glossy or matte screens, the latter featuring a 60 per cent greater colour gamut than the last MacBook Pro, and a 700:1 contrast ratio.
It also features new Intel processors, an option for up to 8GB of memory, and both the integrated Nvidia graphics processor and the discrete 9500GT. A 320GB hard drive comes standard, with an SSD option.
While the non-removable battery has caused ire amongst the Apple community, Apple product designer Dan Riccio claimed that removable batteries "waste space", with Apple creating custom cell shapes to increase battery life.
The new Macbook Pro will cost US$2,799 and will begin shipping at the end of January.
iTunes iTunes pricing has changed, with three levels — US$0.69, US$0.99 and US$1.29 — and will come online in April.
Apple has also made 8 million songs DRM free, and by the end of this quarter expects all 10 million songs on iTunes to be DRM free. Users who have DRM protected music can upgrade their songs to be DRM free, however, this will cost US$0.30 per track. The iTunes store has also been made available via 3G on the iPhone, rather than just through Wi-Fi.
Disappointments While a number of rumours hit the mark, there was no iPhone Nano, updated Mac Mini or Snow Leopard on display.
Phil Schiller takes the stage to deliver the keynote speech at Macworld in San Francisco.