How exciting it was today. As a lucky owner of the iPhone 4, I was able to follow the Apple event via live stream (sorry Microsoft, it worked only on Safari and Apple devices).
Apple streamed in HD and it was a pleasure again to listen to Steve Jobs. Because of so many users streaming the event, the video dropped many times, but sound was always there. There are rumors that over 10 million people world wide did stream the keynote.
Twitter was always down during the event when a new product got released from Steve Jobs.
The guys at Twitter need really to get their stuff right, at the moment it feels Twitter is more down than up.
Here some of the news from the keynote:
• Apple TV. The device for streaming movies and television shows over the Internet and into the living room is now smaller and cheaper. People can only rent, not buy, content. Price: $99, down from $229. However the Apple TV will be only 720p I was hoping to see 1080i. The new Apple TV will not have a hard drive. It can only stream videos, photos or music. I have two of the old Apple TVs and almost never sync movies, I always stream them from my main computer.
• TV episode rentals. Apple is now offering rentals of high-definition TV shows for 99 cents on Apple TV and iTunes. People can also rent first-run, high-definition movies for $4.99.
• iTunes 10. Apple's free media management software is getting a social update. The new feature, Ping, helps people learn what friends are listening to — and gives them an option to buy.
iTunes will get as well airwaves which allows users to stream a video on any device in their private network and then to finish the video on another device within same network.
• iPod Nano. The new Nano has no buttons or wheel anymore which was the part which made the iPod famous, the music controls are on the touch screen instead. Price: $149 for the 8 gigabyte version and $179 for 16 gigabytes.
• iPod Touch. The new iPod Touch gets video-chat features similar to the iPhone 4. It has a front-facing camera for FaceTime chats, and a backside camera for taking snapshots and recording video. Price: $229 for the 8 gigabyte version, $299 for the 32 gigabyte version and $399 for 64 gigabytes.
• iPod Shuffle. The smallest music player in Apple's iPod line brings back the square shape and buttons of Apple's second-generation Shuffle. Price: $49 for the 2 gigabyte gadget.
• iOS 4.1 and 4.2. Apple is updating the free software that runs iPhones, the iPod Touch and the iPad. Users of the iPhone and iPod Touch will get the ability to upload high-definition video over Wi-Fi and take better-quality photos.
The iPad will get many of the features its siblings already have in November (like grouping of apps) plus wireless printing.
Overall I was surprised how all prediction and assumption I read internet last week came true.
Wondering if Apple is leaking a lot info outside because they have now so many employees which are working at Apple because it is a job and not because it is Apple.
Or Apple is getting too predictable for everybody. I want to see one keynote where I can say a surprised wow again.
- Posted using My iPad
I have worked on computers since 1982 almost every day. I had my first internet connection in the early ’90s. Since 1994 I am more or less in online marketing. I tweet, I bing, I facebook, I wrote books. But I never ever wrote my own blog. I never thought I needed to, but too many people are telling me I should share my thoughts with others. By the way, you might think my English is weird. You are right; I am originally from Germany. Please excuse any uncommon grammar or unorthodox spelling.
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Apple September 1st event
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