Highlights from Jobs' Macworld keynoteApple CEO Steve Jobs unveils several new hardware and software upgrades at Macworld in San Francisco. From the thin and light Macbook Air notebook to a revamped Apple TV, News.com's Kara Tsuboi shares the highlights.
[ music ] ^M00:00:08 >> This is the new MacBook Air, and you can get a feel for how thin it is. >> So thin that Apple's CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the new Air by pulling it from an interoffice envelope at his keynote speech on Tuesday in San Francisco. >> The thinnest notebook in the world. >> The Air weighs in at three pounds, and measures point sixteen inches at its thinnest height, and point seventy six at its thickest. >> This is absolutely one of the thinnest notebooks I've seen, and the fact that it only costs seventeen ninety nine is pretty impressive. Usually Macs are a little thicker, a little heavier, and a little more expensive than their PC counterparts. This one is very competitively priced, and competitively featured. >> The Air will be available to the public by the end of January, and will ring in at one thousand seven hundred and ninety nine dollars. >> Ultra portables traditionally aren't super huge sellers, but they're popular, they're good for the wow factor. But I don't, but I don't know, with the, with the Mac name behind it, with the Apple name behind it, it just might surprise us and just take off. >> And what do the Apple faithful think? >> I think it's an amazing product. I've gotten my hands on it, it's incredibly light, it's definitely the best laptop on the market right now. >> I think it's nice, but I'm not overly impressed. >> What do you love about it though? >> Oh, I like the size. I have a little bit of a back problem, so lighter the better. >> What do you guys think of this new computer? >> I think it's awesome and I want one for my bedroom. >> Looks light as a feather. >> The MacBook Air was the grand finale announcement at Jobs' keynote, but not the only one that got people talking. >> To me the most important announcement by far, even much more important than, than the new notebook is the video rental, and the fact that it breathed new life into Apple TV. That you can now sit at your Apple TV or your computer, or download to your iPod and get full length movies from every major studio. >> You heard correctly, Apple TV is back. And this two hundred and ninety nine dollar version is called the Take Two. >> You can order them for your computer, your iPods, and your iPhone right off of iTunes on your computer. You can order them for your wide screen television right on your wide screen television with Apple TV. >> A couple of weeks ago the Blueray camp won a major victory. Bill Gates, not Steve Jobs was quote as saying that it's irrelevant, because ultimately it would be all about downloads. Steve Jobs is the first one to make that happen. >> Jobs also introduced the Time Capsule, a Wi-Fi hard drive that wirelessly backs up your computers. >> Just literally plug it in, turn it on, and enable Time Capsule or Time Machine on all your Macs, and that's all you have to do. It's really wonderful. >> Jobs had no new hardware announcements for the iPhone or the iPod lines, but did go into detail about the new applications now available, like the Mapi [assumed spelling] feature on the iPhone that doesn't use GPS. >> But this button on the left is really cool. I push it, and it's gonna locate, it's gonna locate me right on the map. Zoom, and there we are. [ applause ] >> It's not all that useful a device now, but with the ability to get your email and to do mapping just makes it a much more interesting device. So I'm looking forward to spending twenty dollars to upgrade this little device. >> While most industry analysts agree that few announcements could top last year's debut of the iPhone, this year's featured enough goodies to keep the Apple faithful happy, and the skeptics intrigued. I'm Kara Suboy reporting for CNET News.com. ^M00:03:34 [ music ]