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January 06, 2004

Steve Jobs' Apple Keynote first impressions

Steve Garfield and I had fun, with a bunch of other folks, heckling the keynote in the #joiito irc channel, while watching the video stream.

I didn't take notes, so others things may come to mind later, but...

(1) Steve said, This is the 20th anniversary of Macintosh. There will be many announcements throughout the year.

(2) He announced that there are 9.3 (9.6?) million "active" Mac users. And that 40% of them now use OS X. An impressive number I think.

(3) Announced a pretty cool new version of iPhoto. Handles more photos better. Up to 25,00 he said.

(4) Music recording software. "Guitar Band" "Garage Band". Pretty nice, but the presentation of this was WAY TOO LONG. But he did have John Mayer onstage to help, which was fun. [Can this be used for regular sound recording and editing? Plug in a microphone?]

(5) For the serious geeks: a G5 version of the iServer hardware.

(6) The passionately awaited low-end iPod was major disappointment. Flash memory, $249. Too expensive.

Posted by jghiii at January 6, 2004 02:32 PM
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