Wednesday, January 10, 2007

3 New Apple Products

The biggest announcement at the Macworld keynote this year was the iPhone. It seems like many of the iPod and iPhone assumptions and rumors were true, though they appeared in one device. The iPhone has built-in wi-fi, GSM, and features a widescreen display. However, the capacity is limited to 4 and 8 GB. I wouldn't be too surprised if Apple decided to release a 6G iPod with the iPhone display but without any phone and internet-specific features. Below is an image of the iPhone and specs.

iPhone $499 4GB, $599 8GB Cingular Wireless

The next major announcement was the iTV, renamed Apple TV. It is pretty much identical to the version displayed last year during the special Apple Showtime event. It appears that the USB port is only for servicing, though it would make more sense to allow external drives to be connected through the USB port for additional storage. The Apple TV will sync with one computer just as an iPod (by sync, we mean copying data from the chosen computer and storing it on the Apple TV's 40 GB drive). The Apple TV can also stream data from up to 5 computers; not bad. My only issue with the iTV is its lack of DVD support (maybe in the 2G version). Apple TV is only for users with TVs that support Component or HDMI connections (this limits the number of potential users). Though 720p was announced as the max resolution, the specifications page states that up to 1080i is supported.

Apple TV $299

The final product, which wasn't announced, is an updated AirPort Extreme. The AirPort Extreme now has an Apple TV form factor. It supports 802.11 a/b/g/draft-n, features 3 ethernet ports, USB printing AND external drive sharing, AND support for USB hubs, which allow for multiple printers/drives! It will include an 802.11n enabler for Macs with support chipsets.

AirPort Extreme $179

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