Random Musings on Apple products after Steve’s MacWorld 2008 Keynote

A friend of ours suggested we watch this Keynote that Steve Jobs gave at MacWorld 2008. Even though we try to stay abreast of the Tech field, we are not technophiles by any stretch of the imagination and are yet to purchase an Apple product up to this point. Here is a summary of our thoughts on the four new things that Steve Jobs announced:



















Product Purpose Price Comment
Time Capsule/Time Machine Wireless backups$299-$499 Comes in two models - 500GB & 1TB model. Enables wireless backups from Apple computers that have Mac OS X Leopard operation system.
iPod Touch & iPhone Music Player & Smart Phone $299-$399 Five new apps – Mail, Map, Weather, Stocks, Notes, iPhone – SMS multiple people.
iTunes Buying songs & renting movies $0.99-$4.99 Can use Apple TV, a $229 gizmo to see movies on TV without a computer.
MacBook Air Worlds thinnest notebook computer $1799 0.16”-0.66” thickness. 13.3” backlit wide-screen monitor, full-size keyboard, track pad with gestures, Intel Core 2 Duo 1.6GHz, 2GB RAM, 80GB Flash HD.


The most likely product we might consider buying from this list is the iPod Touch. The maps feature could possibly replace our GPS player - the fact that it doesn’t have a cell receiver makes us a little hesitant – it has Skyhook Wifi hotspots based technology but not Google’s cell phone tower triangulation technology. We will probably find good use for the wireless Internet features as well. On the other hand, songs from iTunes and movies are both things that we may not use. Our existing Sandisk mp3 player is not getting enough use as such and watching movies on a small screen or ponying up $229 for Apple TV are both alternatives that do not sound appealing to us. We will wait to see Steve’s next innovation in techno thrill.

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