Macworld 2007 keynote speech

9:05 It is 8:59 pacific time and I’ve just been let into “the room” where “Steve” will be. This is a test to see if I can post. As I seem able to gain access via my phone’s evdo, I’ll continue to post here. It will be in chronological order (I will add the lastest to the bottom).

9:18 Over half of new Macs sold to “switchers.” Shows a new commercial – Vista switching. “If I don’t come back, you can have my perepherals.” This is all we’re going to talk about the Mac.

9:17 Now we’re going to talk about the music business. iPod nano is the worlds more popooular MP3 player. iTunes: Sold over 2 billion songs. (applause) There was a report that sales were slowing, “Don’t know where they got their data. Ours shows sales doubled last year. Over 5 million songs a day. 58 songs a second. Now, “we are the fourth in music sales” (behind Walmart Best Buy and Target — passed Amazon.

9:30 Introduces Apple TV (formerly known as code name iTV) “A way to enjoy your media on your big TV.” You can buy great content on iTunes store and download it to your computer — I’m going to use a Mac. You can purchase and big screen TV and wirelessly connect your computer to your big TV. (Shows graphic of the back of) (lots of specs that will be available anywhere are spouted off to applause).

  • Can auto synch from one computer. (i.e., queue up most recent downloads)
  • Can stream up to five different computers
  • (Jobs demos streaming of movie trailer (good shepherd), movies (zoolander), TV)
  • Demos how it can be used to stream music into home audio system. (uses Apple favorite, John Mayer, in demo, “doesn’t burn a hole in your plasma TV, he jokes.
  • Demos displaying photos on TV via Apple TV (but he keeps calling it iTV).
  • Demos streaming a TV show from his “neighbor” Phil — a scene from 30 Rock. Uses a pen number to gain access. (For security reasons, he says.)
  • Priced at $299, shipping in February, orders taken immediately.
  • Turns somber. I’ve been waiting for this day for over 2 1/2 years — to introduce a revolutionary product. Reviews 1984, Mac; 2001, iPod. Well, today, we’re introducing three new revolutionary products:
    1 widescreen iPod with touch controls
    2. Revolutionary mobile phone
    3. Breakthrough Internet communicator

    But these are not three separate devices. And we’re calling it iPhone…and here it is…

    “We are going to reinvent the phone”

  • “Revolutionary UI:” Why? (shows 4 smart phone — what’s wrong with them. It’s the keyboards that are fixed in plastic and there even when you don’t need them. You can’t add buttons later. The buttons and the conttrols can’t change, now or down the road. How do you solve that. We solved it in comoputers 20 years ago — bitmap screen and pointing device. How are we going to take it too mobile device: Just make a giant screen.
  • Giant screen
  • No sylist: Uses finger. “Multi-touch” works like magic. More accurate than any touch screen. Can do multifinger jestures. And, boy have we patented it.
  • Software: “At least five years ahead of anything else” — it runs OS X. Allows “desktop class” applications. Quotes Alan Kay (one of the original Apple fellows), “people really serioius about creating great software should create hardware.”
  • Synchs w/ iTunes (PC or Mac) — your media: also synchs a lot of data: photos, notes, bookmarsk, email accounts….you set it up synch w/ iTunes
  • Design: Only one button — home. 11.6 millimeter thin, 3 1//2 in diiameter. 2 megapiixle camera, top. headset jacke, sim card, sleep button. bottom: speaker: iPod connector…

  • 9:55 Starts demo. (The audience is in awe…I can’t type.)

  • He uses the Beatles in a demo, so I guess that means there’s a Beatles announcement somewhere?
  • Demos video that is, I’m sorry, you’re going to have to watch a video demo to fully comprehend this.

    It’s the best iPod we’ve ever made. “You can now touch your music.”
    iPhone: The killer-ap is making calls. We want you to be able to sych w/ your contacts:

  • visual voicemail: go straight to the message
  • Quad band GSM + Edge
  • Excellent audio quoity
  • Wifi and bluetooth
  • Demos the interface of the contacts, calling and conferencing features. SMS. Photo-management (awesome).

    2-finger control called “the pinch” awes audience.

    10:15: Internet Communications Device — on iPhone

  • supports IMAP or POP3
  • runs safari
  • google maps
  • “we have widgets”
  • communicates via wifi or edge — automatically finds wifi
  • Announces: Free “push” IMAP email from Yahoo! Begins demo of IMAP/POP mail, google maps and widgets.

    Demos Safari running on the iPhone — not a WAP or mobile version – uses a “double tap” on any content and it screens up” — (Editorial Note: you will want to see this Demo’d quickly — it will change the way you perceive small-screen surfing). He demos using NY Times and Amazon. (Ed. Note: Again, this is hard to explain. You’ll have to see for yourself.)

    (Editorial note: Second mention of Apple Board member and Nashvillian Al Gore.)

    “If you’ve ever used a “web browser” you’ll know how radical this is, he says.

    Demos widgets: They look exactly like on dashboard, but fill the screen

    Demos google maps on iPone. Full screen, overlays a keypad, searches for “Starbucks” and immediately, points appear all over the map. He then calls the Starbucks — and pranks them: “I’d like to order 4,000 lattest to go…sorry, wrong number.” Uses the “pinch” to navigate google maps. (Ed. Note: Those who use google maps on Treo or other mobile device will recognize the tricks he’s doing — however, it’s still cool with the pinching and double tapping.) “That’s the colleseum,” he marvels. “That’s the colleseum.” “Right on.”

    It’s the internet in you pocket.

    Dr. Eric Schmidt , CEO of Google, walks on (following is NOT verbatim, but my notes: “Congratualtions, Steve. An incredible job. I’ve had a privilege of joining Apple board. “What I like about this device is you can “merge without merging.” Each company should do what they do the best. Internet architecture allow you to take braintrust of Apple and those at Google and put into a seamless way for users. At Google, we’ve tried to partner with other companies and working with other data services. This is a set of data so you can really get the full integration. It comes together seamlessly. This is the first of a whole generation of “cloud” computers (Google) that devices like IPhone can take advantage of.”

    Jerry Yang, founder and Chief Yahoo: (following is NOT verbatim) “I’m not an Apple board member but would love one of these. Mail is a killer app and Yahoo is trying to reinvent email on mobile devices. It’s like having a blackberry without the exchange server. We want to take what Apple’s doing on the phone device and recreate the web experience/services also.

    He demos the whole she-bang thing. (Ed note: He is truly the master of CEO demoing — he knows the product and is so well rehearsed he uses power functions I doubt anyone will ever do – simultaneously, at least, and in front of 4,000 people and a global audience.)

    He introduces Stan Sigman (of Cingular/ATT) who demonstats how truly bad a CEO can blow a presentation by pulling out 4 x5 cards and reading the worst canned speech of all time — whoever at Cingular let this guy on the stage should be fired.

    Steve: “We come from different worlds.” (No kidding.)

    Steve then has a technical problem. His “clicker” won’t work. He vamps by telling a Steve Wozniak story the audience loves. Someone backstage takes over.

    Steve announces they are droping the “Computer” from the Apple Computer corporate name.


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    • Megan is so excited!

      So I guess this means it’ll be available thru T-Mobile service? (EDGE is the name of their high-speed data thingy.)

    • Isn’t this just like Apple?

      We’ve been waiting and waiting for them to introduce a phone. And when they finally do it surpasses anything even DREAMED of by the consumer. Or at least by _this_ consumer. So far I’m delighted. And LOVING your liveblog.

    • Hammockman… you’re my hero.
      You know that right?!

      This is awesome.
      Keep it coming!

      Any mention of the pricepoint for the iPhone?

      I want one… seriously.

    • Megan is so excited!

      Boo. Cingular. My heart just broke. BB, I’m hearing it’s $499 for 4 GB and $599 for 8 GB and ships in June.

    • Plus, it has a BUILT IN CLOCK!!!! There goes the wrist watch industry.

      As for the service – if they make it available unlocked you should be able to use it with any GSM provider; i.e. T-Mobile. On that note, if they make it available in Europe first due to FCC issues, I’m ordering mine from ASAP.

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    • I was just noticing that Apple went up 8% and RIM went down 8% at about 10:00am.

      Also, an update to the GSM thing – I am guessing that even if it were unlocked, none of the cool voicemail features would work with anyone but Singular, so there goes that. Then again, they’ll have to make it work with other providers for use outside america, so there’s hope.

    • scott

      what an utterly disappointing keynote.

      first of all, the itv. yawnfest. let me know when they include a dvr function. better yet, give me a reason to not use frontrow to pull off the same basic feature set. oh wait, it’s wireless. great. i’m still not laying down $300 for it. for just a smidge more, i can buy an old mac mini, hook it up to my 32″ lcd, and have not only itunes and movies, but a whole lot of apps viewable on my screen. add in a bt wireless mouse and keyboard, and i think that’s a pretty superior solution

      now, on to the big news…the iphone. can we all say “wait for rev.b?” jesus. there are more problems with this device than carter has liver pills (as my grandmother used to say). first of all – edge. EDGE???? in my best jim mora voice, “you’re talking about edge?” that’s fantastic steve, really. let’s think about this. edge technology is how many years old now? and you partnered with cingular, who just announced that they have 3g networks running in the top 100 cities? oh, and then there’s the whole what about the rest of the world issue…who use faster, better networks like wcdma and 3g. i’m sure i’ll love using data-heavy apps like google maps with a lousy edge network connection. suh-weet. timing is really in their favor too. let’s see, there are already four 3g devices on cingular (the sync, the blackjack, the lg cu500 and the cingular 8525). how many more do you think are in the pipeline between now and june? i’m betting at least a few more. so basically, that means apple will be coming in mid-year to a market where it is already behind in the network speed battle. if this was released last year, fine…but it’s not. it’s coming out when cingular is rolling out more 3g cities by the week, and doing it’s best to try and sell everyone on how great it is and why they need it.

      then there is the size issue. i have a nano…why do i need this? if you put a large 80gb drive in there, i’d be much more interested. it’s not like i’m gonna hook up a nike kit to it (even if it is possible) and use it at the gym. what’s it replacing for people like me? nothing.

      let’s get something straight – it’s not a mini computer or mac tablet until they get apps like office or iwork running on it. widgets do not a computer make. i guess now we see why they bought fingerworks…although i’m not sure that touching a screen all day is going to be all that enjoyable. i’ll have to try it and see.

      finally, choosing cingular. i’m okay with them as my provide, but good god, what an overly incompetent group of salespeople. there is no way on this earth that the people in the cingular brick and mortar stores or kiosks will be able to demo what these things can do. it’s pretty pointless to ask them about features on new phones. it’s pretty much a “here, you look” kind of thing. even worse is asking them about new devices. no, you’ll need to go to an apple store to get any kind of positive buying experience. note that this is probably the reason why apple is not letting cingular handle support issues for this phone. and then there is cost. wow. even with the carrier susbidies, it’s too much. take out the subsidy (for example, if you are someone like me who is in mid-contract), and i’m looking at probably an extra $100-150 on top. yeah, right. that’s almost going to happen.

      nice try apple, but i will wait until you get a rev.b out that takes into account today’s carrier speed realities.

      sorry for the length of this reply, but this is not the device to end all devices.

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