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Macworld Product Line Keynote Leak (RUMOR)

For those of you who have speculated on what Apple is releasing this coming Macworld 2008, here is the complete list of items that was leaked from the Keynote draft. This leak was found through several sources including blogs and forums. The highlights for the keynote include a MacTouch, a dual 9″ touch screen portable (think of a huge Nintendo DS but the screens are side by side), 3G iPhone and SDK, the MacBook nano, and mobile Penryn chipsets for the other portables. Nothing is of course confirmed, but the list is a bit fishy as there is no announcement for Microsoft Office 2008.

As an added bonus, the MacRumors site includes the entire stage direction transcript as well:

Steve enters from backstage and welcomes the audience to MacWorld 2008. He says that there are big plans for the day, but first he wants to provide numbers. His focus topics are the adoption rates for iPhone and Leopard, as well as quick notes on iTunes, iPod, and Mac sales.

Steve then apologizes, saying that there is nothing as big as the iPhone this year, but he thinks a lot of smaller “revolutionary” changes are happening that will hopefully make this year exciting as well.

Here are the rumored product launches:

Mac Nano
• Redesigned Mac–Mini
• Half the height as its predecessor
• Now has an anodized aluminum shell.
• 2.2GHz and 2.4GHz Santa Rosa chips
• 32GB flash solid state drive (64GB build-to-order option, also option for 160GB conventional HDD)
• On sale at MacWorld, ships February

Mac Pro
• Based off the Penryn chipset
• Dual 2.8 GHz Penryn Xeons standard
• 2GB of RAM standard
• 320GB HDD standard
• NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT Graphics standard
• Blu-Ray build-to-order option for an extra $400

MacBook Pro
• Mobile Penryn Chipset
• 2.4GHz and 2.6GHz Speeds
• 17” gets LED backlighting
• 15” gets a build-to-order higher resolution similar to the 17” model
• Keeping the 8600M GT graphics, but upping the video memory to 256MB and 512MB
• Black anodized aluminum option similar to the iPod classic
• On sale at MacWorld, ships February

Cinema Displays
• Built in 2 megapixel iSight camera
• Same resolutions
• LED backlighting
• All support 1080HD
• New Prices : 20”: $399; 23”: $599; 30”: $1,249
• On sale at MacWorld, Available at MacWorld

MacBook Nano
• Ultraportable Mac
• Same screen resolution and size as the current MacBooks; 13” at 1280×800
• 1.6GHz and 1.8GHz low voltage Core 2 Duos
• Low end model to feature a 32GB SSD and the higher end to have a 64GB SSD
• $1,499 and $1,999 Respectively
• No Optical Drives
• Intel Integrated Graphics
• 10 Hours of Battery Life
• On sale at MacWorld, Available at MacWorld

• SDK Available at MacWorld
• Developers can sell their signed apps from iTunes starting in March
• New software includes Multimedia messaging, video recording with the camera, and an eBook reader
• iPhone games available from the iTunes store
• 3G iPhone announced (looks similar to the existing model)
• iPhone available in more countries

iTunes & iPod
• iTunes 8 released along with Movie Rentals and eBooks
• Software update for iPod Classics and Touches to support eBooks

Front Row 3.0
• All Leopard compatible Macs will be able to use it
• Support for the iTunes Store
• eBook Reader
• SDK for 3rd Parties to make plugins
• Can be controlled via Apple Remote, iPhone, or iPod Touch
• iCal, Mail, and Safari integration

• New product not in the MacBook family
• Two 9″ multitouch-sensitve widescreens, both at 1280 x 854
• Innovative, minimalist, two-way folding/sliding, dual-screen, multi-position design with magnetic clasps. Inspired by the paperback book, but thinner, more flexible and surprisingly tough.
• No optical drive or mechanical HDD, uses a SSD drive.
• Will run most existing OS X apps when in dual screen mode; 2nd screen becomes keyboard and touchpad
• iPhone-ish springboard when in single screen mode
• Multitouch sensitive version of iPhoto
• Bluetooth, 802.11b/g, USB2.0, optical/analogue audio in/out, built in speakers & microphone.

By Jayvee Fernandez

Jayvee Fernandez is a tech enthusiast, EAN certified SCUBA Diver and underwater photographer based in Metro Manila, Philippines. His photos and videos have appeared in various international and local publications including Random House Germany, Discovery Channel Canada, and CNN.

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