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WWDC 2009 Keynote Roundup

June 8th, 2009

wwdc09_badge31The 2009 WWDC Keynote was presented today at Moscone Center West in San Francisco.

This keynote was a long one (over 2 hours) and covered new Apple hardware and software announcements.

Here’s a summary of what was announced today:

1. New Mac Laptops

New 13″, 15″ and 17″ MacBook Pros. Lower pricing, better specs and more eco-friendly. The new 13″ MacBook Unibody is now classified as a MacBook Pro (has Firewire again!) and there are updated MacBook Air’s with lower pricing. All are shipping today.

2. New iPhone 3G S

New iPhone 3G S will be available in white or black (16GB $199 and 32GB $299) in the U.S. on June 19th. The new 3G S has faster 3G speeds (quoted as about 2x), better battery life, a new 3MP autofocus camera with video, voice control and a built in digital compass. The current iPhone 3G 8GB Black will stay available for $99 (effective today.)

3. Snow Leopard

10.6 or Snow Leopard will be available in September for $29 for all current Leopard (Intel only) users. Fast processing, smaller footprint (uses 6GB less space than current Leopard), and Exchange support. New version of Quicktime and slight UI enhancements like Dock Expose to further improve the OS. Safari 4 is officially out of beta today and available for current Leopard and Windows users.

4. iPhone 3.0

The iPhone 3.0 software update will be free to all iPhone users ($10 for iPod Touch) and available June 17. Tethering and MMS won’t be available to AT&T users at launch (late summer for MMS.) External device support (more hardware applications), push notifications and better Google Maps integration.

This keynote was full of a lot of information and felt like a WWDC (Mac Software) and MacWorld (Mac Hardware) forced together. While there were no real surprises (no Jobs, new form factor iPhone or tablet) the MacBook Pro refresh was unexpected and welcome. We’ll be following up with more detailed posts on what was announced and what to expect soon.

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