Tuesday, January 11, 2005

I know there are Mac Fans amongst you ....

Today was the Apple Keynote, a great conference by Steve Jobs in which he announces the brand new products to be released ... For Mac Fans all around the world, this is a real event !

The main piece of news is the oncoming availability of the "Mac Mini" : a small, affordable Macintosh to be sold at pricing starting at 499$. Although very thin and design, this is also a powerful computer, and Steve Jobs rely on this low cost machine, described as "the most affordable Mac ever", to gather new customers who have always been thinking that "Apple is really too expensive" ... It's likely to be a very good idea.

Obviously, Apple is far from giving away its main product : the famous iPod ! A new version, called "iPod Shuffle" will soon be released. Including a flash memory of 512 MB or 1GB (no more hard drive), this new iPod is even smaller than the previous ones ...

A cell-phone, conceived with Motorola, has also quickly been presented : not many details, but its design may have been inspired from iPod ...

And last but not least, a few words about software : "Tiger", the next version of MacOS X, will be released in the middle of the year, whereas Microsoft "Longhorn" will not be ready before at least a year ... Steve Jobs obviously didn't forget to mention this detail ;) He also confirmed the success of iTunes, the Apple online music store : 230 billion songs have already been sold ...

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