Apple "Spotlight Turns to Notebook" Event - Live Meta Blog Transcript!

Missed out meta-live blogging of Apple's "Spotlight Turns to Notebook" Event? No problem, we have you covered! Below you'll find the transcript featuring Dieter, Rene, Brian, and special guest Editor Emeritus Mike, as well as all the great comments from our readers.

So strap yourselves in. Put your old Macbook on eCraigsBayList (or whatever), and catchup on TiPb's full coverage, after the jump!

12:29
dieterbohn: Are you ready?

12:33
dieterbohn: Giz says there's around 65 people on-site. How many do you suppose are watching online?

12:35
[Comment From Yes Sir] Any hope they will introduce 2.2 firmware?

12:35
dieterbohn: @Yes Sir -- sincerely doubt it -- this is notebooks-only. Our best hope is that there's a brief mention at the end, maybe. My secret "One More Thing" hope is iPhone tethering will be allowed for Macs

12:36
Rene Ritchie: Greetings Mobile App-complishers!

12:36
dieterbohn: ...and or people with iPhones will get a discount on built-in 3G connectivity on AT&T. Probability: 5% at best.

12:37
[Comment From Wezzy F.] Think there will be a Black Macbook Pro?

12:37
Rene Ritchie: Nope. Aluminum, but with a black iMac-like outer screen

12:38
dieterbohn: Establishing a baseline: Apple's stock is currently at $109.95. Though I gotta say that I suspect that overall market forces are going to have a bigger effect than anything Apple does today

12:38
[Comment From Yes Sir] Nice, anyone here of and what are your thoughts on the "olo-computer"?

12:38
dieterbohn: olo-FAIL.

12:39
Rene Ritchie: Without Apple backing, it will be mod-book tough to get any real traction

12:40
[Comment From Friday] Think we will be able to walk in and pick up a new Macbook at the Apple Store today?

12:41
Rene Ritchie: Apple is denying video/audio out, so unless sneaky ninjas break in, we may have to rely on live blog

12:41
dieterbohn: I sure hope I can buy one soon -- have an angle to hand-me-sell my 'old' macbook

12:41
[Comment From Jonishush] Olo-owned? >.> Do you think a new MacBook Pro will be announced, and if so, do you expect a lower price then before?

12:41
[Comment From BBY (285) Apple Expert] when will the big show start?

12:41
[Comment From Miguel] pricedrop?

12:41
[Comment From Tom] Doubt i will as its nearly 6pm here in the UK!

12:41
[Comment From BBY (285) Apple Expert] no, they wwont be inm stores for a while

12:42
dieterbohn: We're starting in 15 minutes. Pricedrops -- possible? doubtful? dunno.

12:42
[Comment From mti111] Hello from Israel

12:42
Rene Ritchie: Will Jobs be doing the keynote? Hmmm....

12:42
[Comment From Jonishush] Anything but price-rasing.

12:43
Rene Ritchie: Plastic white macbook dropped to $999

12:43
[Comment From Jonishush] JOBS LOVES KEYNOTES.

12:43
[Comment From BBY (285) Apple Expert] yes all new lapstops, (minus the air) and yes 2-3 hundred dollar price drops. the probs will still have multiple lines to pick from so pices will be anbout the same

12:43
Rene Ritchie: Figure they'll be for order today-ish, ship whenever they're ready.

12:45
Rene Ritchie: Daring Fireball is saying Air gets a chipset (Nvidia) and storage bump

12:45
[Comment From iDave] some say that the lowest priced macbook will be at $899. what do u think?

12:45
Rene Ritchie: $999

12:46
[Comment From Jonishush] Rene, Just would like to thank you, you convinced me to get an iphone over the bold. and I'm glad I did!

12:46
Rene Ritchie: $899 is for new Cinema Display

12:47
Rene Ritchie: @Jonishush: Awesome!

12:47
[Comment From iDave] oh nice, if the new macbook is aluminum based I'll be selling my white one really zune hehe

12:47
Rene Ritchie: Plastic at $999, Aluminum at higher points

12:47
Rene Ritchie: Here are the spoilers: http://daringfireball.net/2008/10/contains_spoilers

12:48
dieterbohn: Reminder: we won't be able to publish all questions and comments -- need to keep this thing readable as the news starts rolling in!

12:49
[Comment From iDave] mmm do u think that the materials of the plastic one will be as bad as the actual macbook? my palmrest cracked twice... :(

12:50
[Comment From Metin] how about throwing in 10 shares of Apple (that you can't sell for 1 year) for everyone who buys a MacBook today?

12:51
dieterbohn: @metin LOL. the way things are going in the stockmarket, are you sure you'd want that?

12:51
dieterbohn: T-Minus 9 minutes

12:51
[Comment From iDave] by the way, congratulations for the site guys, I follow you everyday from mexico

12:51
[Comment From Vincent] when does it start?

12:51
Rene Ritchie: 1pm EDT/10am PDT

12:52
brianhart: Hey gents!
I'm hoping to pop in and out of here. My day job may beckon.

12:53
[Comment From Jonishush] Day Job? I took today off for this event!

12:53
Rene Ritchie: You tell him! :)

12:54
brianhart: @Jonishush You must have a more lenient taskmaster.

12:54
Rene Ritchie: One more thing rumor was iWork/iLife 09. It's been Smashed.

12:54
[Comment From deanydeany] What's that in GMT?

12:55
Rene Ritchie: 5 minutes, all time zones...

12:55
brianhart: I want a new MacBook Pro (hint hint. early Christmas present from my compadres at TiPb).

12:56
dieterbohn: the journos are seated! :D Classical Music.

12:56
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12:56
dieterbohn: (from engadet)

12:58
[Comment From Dean] Are there a lot of people at the event?

12:58
Rene Ritchie: Hopefully no iPods = No John Mayer references!

12:58
dieterbohn: We're hearing about 60-70 journalists

12:58
[Comment From Metin] it'll probably move the stock price up... with all the activity... unless of course Apple introduces wireless power...

12:58
[Comment From iDave] wow thats different from the usual Feist, Rolling stones, ChilliPeppers stuff

12:58
[Comment From mar] Secretly hoping for iLife '09 and AppleTV HDD Bumps =]

12:58
Rene Ritchie: Event is taking place at the Cuperino Apple Campus Town Hall very limited seating.

12:58
Rene Ritchie: Invitation only.

12:58
brianhart: I had to turn my invite down.

12:59
Rene Ritchie: I think it was TUAW that said it best: "Apple Stock down after Jobs fails to introduce iUnicorn!"

12:59
dieterbohn: Ruh roh -- time to turn off cellphones in there.

12:59
[Comment From iDave] actually Apple stocks fell 0.77% a moment ago

12:59
[Comment From Vincent] wow... i'd love to be there ...

1:00
Rene Ritchie: Do we start Pundit Bingo now? How many points for a Mossberg?

1:00
dieterbohn: It's a tiny stage.

1:00
[Comment From iDave] bummer... I wanted to call my mom in there

1:00
[Comment From Jonishush] Steve Jobs is going to take over your minds, Cellphones interfere with the radio waves.

1:01
Rene Ritchie: Apple stock will fall on almost all news. Only so many iPhone-class bombshells to drop.

1:01
dieterbohn: The lights dim, we are getting started.

1:01
dieterbohn: Steve takes the stage! Tim Cook to cover the state of mac

1:01
Rene Ritchie: Boom time, people!

1:02
brianhart: Steve sits down.

1:02
Rene Ritchie: Tim Cook is Apple's Chief Operating Office

1:02
dieterbohn: Tim Cook: Last quarter they sold 2.5 million Macs. 2-3x the market rate of growth

1:02
[Comment From iDave] lets all buy Steve Jobs a new shirt shall we?

1:02
[Comment From mar] Its a tiny stage, all the better to monitor steves health problems from...

1:03
dieterbohn: "Leopard is far ahead of Vista"

1:03
Rene Ritchie: Microsoft has already been pre-emptively firing back with "Apple Tax" fud since yesterday.

1:03
Rene Ritchie: It should make for a lively retort.

1:04
Rene Ritchie: Touting iLife, iWork, Leopard

1:04
[Comment From iDave] actually I dont know wich OS name is more "creative", snow leopard or windows 7

1:04
Rene Ritchie: Apple can also run Windows in Bootcamp and via VM

1:04
Rene Ritchie: "Sends a shiver" up Cook's spine

1:04
Rene Ritchie: Lulz

1:05
brianhart: Apple fitting in better than many expected in a Windows environment.

1:05
dieterbohn: from Giz: "Another thing we didn’t do, Vista”. “Vista hasn’t lived up to everything Microsoft has hoped it would. It’s also opened doors for a lot of people to switch to the Mac. It’s given us an opportunity, and Apple has been the beneficiary of those.”

1:05
dieterbohn: ZING

1:05
[Comment From mar] Windows 7 just sounds bland. Its actally a god name for the product then. =]

1:05
dieterbohn: They're really taking it to Vista hard.

1:05
Rene Ritchie: Apple is acting at the moment, Microsoft reacting. That's a incredible position for the niche player to be in.

1:06
[Comment From iDave] yeah there aren't being too nice about the competition.. oh well, carry on :)

1:06
brianhart: Mac vs. PC adds have been successful.

1:06
dieterbohn: they just showed one of those ads now, actually. :)

1:06
Rene Ritchie: 1. Better computers. 2. Better software. 3. Compatibility. 4. Vista (BURN!). 5. Marketing

1:06
brianhart: "I'm a PC" meh.

1:07
Rene Ritchie: XP looks... weird on an iMac

1:07
dieterbohn: Apple says they see a total of 400,000 people in their retail stores every day.

1:07
Rene Ritchie: Ballmer is likely already "re-arranging" his office furniture if he's watching this. (Hi Steve!)

1:08
dieterbohn: Mac has outgrown the market for the last 14 of 15 quarters

1:08
[Comment From Jonishush] Apple barely ever bashes Mircosoft compared to what The big M does. I say Fair Game.

1:08
Rene Ritchie: Little guy can always get away with shots at Goliath.

1:08
Rene Ritchie: 1 out of every 3 dollars is spent on a Mac.

1:09
Rene Ritchie: Great way to measure market share in real world settings

1:09
[Comment From Apogee] even if goliath is suffering from vista

1:09
brianhart: I think 150,000 of those daily visitors are at my local Apple store.

1:09
dieterbohn: Apple has 39% share for notebooks in education. #1 baby

1:10
Rene Ritchie: I use Vista daily. If you can throw hardware at it, it works fine. Microsoft totally messed up on the perception battle, however, and perception really is reality for many people.

1:10
brianhart: Apple taking Dell outside the woodshed

1:10
dieterbohn: at major universities they're at 47%. Wow. Don't know what "Major" means, but they'll take it

1:10
Rene Ritchie: Showing famous picture of all the Macs in a university class

1:10
dieterbohn: steve takes the stage again

1:11
[Comment From bartlewis] trips me out that I'm in an apple store on a display computer and apple.com is down....it's catching employees off guard. Here's proof: http://tinyurl.com/4agauf

1:11
Rene Ritchie: Steve looks the same as Let's Rock. Let's cut him some health slack, okay blogsphere?

1:11
brianhart: Stock market pauses to breathe.

1:11
dieterbohn: Jony Ive comes out to talk about a 'new way to build notebooks'

1:12
dieterbohn: B R I C K spells Brick?

1:12
Rene Ritchie: ZOMG! Jonny Ive on stage? Has that ever happened before?

1:12
dieterbohn: showing how they currently build the macbook pro

1:12
Rene Ritchie: Nice pic, Jonny! Very UK! :)

1:12
[Comment From Metin] when will Apple merge with Microsoft i wonders?

1:13
brianhart: or is that his passport photo?

1:13
[Comment From Exodian] AAPL steady at 109

1:13
[Comment From iDave] they'll get into the brick now

1:13
[Comment From Vernon] Nice mug shot!

1:13
Rene Ritchie: Apple merge with MS? In this economy, I can't even make jokes... :)

1:14
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1:14
Rene Ritchie: Ive talking design

1:14
dieterbohn: (from Giz -- that's how they currently build them)

1:14
Rene Ritchie: Strength vs. thinness

1:14
[Comment From Vernon] It's going to be so hard not to run out and buy one if they are released today!

1:14
Rene Ritchie: I'm soooo running out to buy one if they're released today :)

1:15
brianhart: I hope the NEW design = paper close by doesn't ignite.

1:15
Rene Ritchie: No live video. Apple has denied requests

1:15
dieterbohn: the macbook air represented a breakthrough for how apple designed laptops

1:15
Rene Ritchie: No fricken laser beams, or carving out of a single block

1:15
[Comment From bartlewis] anyone notice the stock price as we started?

1:15
Rene Ritchie: That rumor was rightly smashed

1:16
dieterbohn: (scroll up for stock price when we started)

1:16
Rene Ritchie: Ive going through manufacturing process stage by stage

1:16
dieterbohn: engadet: "We discovered if we started with a thick piece of aluminum we could make a lighter and stronger part." "So we make it from a solid piece of aluminum." Uh huh... Brickish.

1:17
dieterbohn: so yes -- definitely looks as though their notebooks' structure is cut from a single piece of aluminum.

1:17
Rene Ritchie: 2 part chassis, top and bottom, looks like?

1:17
dieterbohn: for the Air, they start with a 2.5lb piece of aluminum and end up with .5 pounds of aluminium(!)

1:18
Rene Ritchie: New Uni-body enclosures

1:18
dieterbohn: Uni-Tard?

1:18
Rene Ritchie: Back to Steve!

1:18
[Comment From Miguel] Steve is back

1:19
dieterbohn: New graphics card: the NVIDIA GeForce 9400 M

1:19
dieterbohn: 16 Parallel graphic cores, 54 gflops, ....if you drive it at 88 mph you can travel trhough time

1:19
Rene Ritchie: Count down to "It's a screamer!"

1:19
[Comment From mar] anybody notice - Jony Ive is gawjus!

1:20
brianhart: new graphics card = desktop replacement?

1:20
dieterbohn: New Glass Trackpad!

1:20
dieterbohn: Multitouch glass trackpad

1:21
Rene Ritchie: Multi-touch FTW!

1:21
dieterbohn: new graphics cards have 6x the performance of current Macbook Pros

1:21
dieterbohn: the area of the pad is 39% larger

1:21
[Comment From y0sh1] WOW!

1:22
Rene Ritchie: Wow is correct

1:22
dieterbohn: the entire pad IS a button, you turn on multi-buttons via software prefs.

1:22
[Comment From MJ] If you compare this with the pro graphics in the MacBook Pro, we're at 55 percent of 3D graphics performance instead of 10 percent. If you look at overall graphics performance, we're at 82%

1:22
dieterbohn: There are new gestures, too.

1:23
dieterbohn: 4 finger gestures, even

1:23
dieterbohn: gestures to switch apps! sweetness, goodbye hot corners

1:23
[Comment From MJ] glass for silky smooth travel :D haha

1:23
Rene Ritchie: Sweetness is right. Functionality improvement right there.

1:23
dieterbohn: New Macbook Pro announced

1:24
dieterbohn: It's just as the leak showed

1:24
Rene Ritchie: Anyone else think we're one or two revs away from a display track pad? Next year? :)

1:24
dieterbohn: Glass front, tons of connectors.

1:24
Rene Ritchie: The leaks were strong with this one.

1:24
[Comment From bartlewis] why not just make the whole keyboard built into multitouch

1:24

1:24
dieterbohn: (from engadget)

1:25
dieterbohn: (er Giz I mean)

1:25
Rene Ritchie: @bartlewis: That might be the in new Blackberry Laptop (jk)

1:25
Rene Ritchie: Looks fantastic. Leveraging the iMac design. We really are in the age of "new model year" computing.

1:25
dieterbohn: an entire multitouch keyboard would hurt to type on -- ouchy. Star Trek Next Generation not so much. ;)

1:25
brianhart: oh man. crap. another high-end purchase to justify to the wife.

1:26
Rene Ritchie: LED?

1:26
dieterbohn: Sudden Motion sensor, backlit keyboard, fewer structural parts (goodbye weight)

1:26
Rene Ritchie: MacBooks will be lighter? We hopes!

1:26
Rene Ritchie: Display port!

1:27
brianhart: Unibody design looks gorgeous.

1:27
Rene Ritchie: Steve passing around shell to everyone to look at

1:27
dieterbohn: 50% fewer structural parts!

1:27
Rene Ritchie: "We need them back..." LOL!

1:27
dieterbohn: Jason Chen at Giz tried "fairly hard" to bend it and was unable

1:28
dieterbohn: either it's that strong or somebody is going to kick sand in his face.

1:28
brianhart: instant-on LED display

1:28
[Comment From TS] Stock is dropping this is over the heads of Wall Street types - they only want cheaper notebooks

1:28
dieterbohn: Steve coming back on stage

1:28
Rene Ritchie: Will the regular MacBook get this much love?!

1:28
[Comment From David] Engadget has the MacBook Pro shell!

1:29
Rene Ritchie: Everyone's getting a turn with it!

1:29
dieterbohn: Hundreds of people have worked for many months on this.

1:29
[Comment From Chris] How long is this event scheduled for?

1:29
Rene Ritchie: Usually last 1 hr or so.

1:29
dieterbohn: 5 hours of battery life

1:29
dieterbohn: 4 on the bigger NVIDIA 9600 version

1:29
brianhart: you can switch from 9400 to 9600 GT graphics for TURBO!

1:29
Rene Ritchie: Two graphic options.

1:30
[Comment From mike overbo] i miss the 12" form factor

1:30
Rene Ritchie: Reactions: incredibly light, incredibly strong

1:30
dieterbohn: +1 Mike Overb0

1:30
Rene Ritchie: @Overbo: You and Merlin Mann.

1:30
Rene Ritchie: Will we get Blu-Ray?!

1:30
dieterbohn: Slot loaded drive (natch), magsafe (natch)

1:31
Rene Ritchie: Kevin Rose hopes so!

1:31
brianhart: The connectors are, in order from the left, Magsafe, Gigabit Ethernet, Firewire 800, two USB ports, a Mini Display Port, Audio In/Out (analog and optical digital), ExpressCard 34, and a battery indicator.

1:31
dieterbohn: firewire 800, 2 USB, that annoying mini-display port Express card slot

1:31
Rene Ritchie: Wonder if FW1600 is hiding in there somewhere...

1:31
dieterbohn: THEY WILL OFFER SSD OPTION

1:31
Rene Ritchie: 128GB is the rumor... let's see...

1:31
dieterbohn: I guess the mini Display Port ain't so bad if it will drive a 30" monitor, eh?

1:32
[Comment From MJ] battery indicator to the side :p

1:32
[Comment From Chris] So about 20 mins or so to the "One more thing..." ;)

1:32
dieterbohn: Drives are easily accessible under hte battery

1:32
Rene Ritchie: Prediction: no "one more thing" It's been fazed out lately.

1:32
Rene Ritchie: No one will buy RAM or HD's from Apple any more...

1:32
dieterbohn: starts at $1999 with 2.4ghz, 2gigs of ram,

1:33
dieterbohn: 2499 for faster cpu, better graphics card, 320gb hd

1:33
[Comment From David] i miss the excitement of a "one more thing..."

1:33
[Comment From bartlewis] @Rene Ritchie there's a new crackberry laptop??? Forget Apple, I'm outta here.....hahahaha

1:33
Rene Ritchie: This is all from the 15". Rumor is the 17" is having production problems and will be launched later..

1:33
Rene Ritchie: @bartlewis: yes, it's 90% keyboard, however...

1:33
dieterbohn: Once again, the MacBook Pro can power bigger monitors than the iMac can.

1:34
Rene Ritchie: Very eco-friendly

1:34
dieterbohn: The bevels are Macbook-Air-Esque. They curve in very nicely on the top and bottom -- the whole thing is a lot less squarish

1:34
Rene Ritchie: (Greenpeace will still skewer them, of course)

1:34
dieterbohn: IN STORES TOMORROW

1:34
Rene Ritchie: THEN SO AM I!

1:35
mike overbo: that's pretty astounding

1:35
dieterbohn: .95 inches thick. er. thin!

1:35
dieterbohn: Time to talk about the Air!

1:35
dieterbohn: putting better graphics card (the 9400) into the Air and addind 128gb ssd option

1:35
dieterbohn: plus the mini display port

1:36
[Comment From CrackBerry Kevin] in stores tomorrow?! sorry dieter... looks like i'm buying this! hehe

1:36
dieterbohn: (damnit! Now I could use one...)

1:36
Rene Ritchie: Same here. :)

1:36
brianhart: Which one are you after, Rene?

1:36
dieterbohn: Air at 1799 / 2499 for 1.86gz + SSD. In early Nov.

1:36
Rene Ritchie: @Brian: I'll tell you after they announce them all!

1:37
dieterbohn: 24 inch Cinema display -- LED backlit!

1:37
Rene Ritchie: Where are the reg'lar MacBooks?

1:37
dieterbohn: Comes with a magsafe cable so you can power your laptop with it. cool.

1:37
[Comment From nick] sounds like a desktop replacement for me

1:37
Rene Ritchie: LED has significant advantages over LCD. Not OLED sweet, but a big step forward.

1:37
[Comment From josh aldrich] honestly unless the macbooks are comletely awesome, i have to get a pro

1:37
[Comment From David] I really want them to get round to the MacBooks now!

1:37
[Comment From bartlewis] I'm sitting in an apple store NOW

1:38
dieterbohn: ONE MORE THING: MacBook!

1:38
Rene Ritchie: Cinema display is GORGEOUS

1:38
dieterbohn: the return of the one more thing!

1:38
Rene Ritchie: The man is going to take every last penny I have!!!!

1:38
dieterbohn: reducing price to $999

1:39
Rene Ritchie: Buy-buy blogdreams of Apple netbook....

1:39
dieterbohn: (the entry price, that is)

1:39
[Comment From nick] this mac book better be super cheap or else there's no point. The pro will have more bang for the buck

1:39
[Comment From Apogee] hooray!

1:39
Rene Ritchie: Jobs didn't announce availability of the Air or CD did he?

1:39
mike overbo: air in Nov

1:39
dieterbohn: they are brining led displays, metal enclosers, etc etc to the macbook line

1:40
Rene Ritchie: So plastic will be the "low price" $999, with aluminum at higher end?

1:40
dieterbohn: Next gen Macbooks -- just like the Pro, but smaller

1:40
[Comment From Exodian] Steady stock decline since the start LOL

1:40
Rene Ritchie: @Overbo: Thank you sir! Air in Nov.!

1:40
brianhart: I gotta bail, guys. Thanks for some great coverage!

1:41
dieterbohn: New MacBooks are basically identical to the MBPro but smaller. Same everything

1:41
mike overbo: later Brian!

1:41
[Comment From King T] What about the iphone?

1:41
Rene Ritchie: @King T: Probably hear Iphone at the Apple conf. call later this month....

1:41
[Comment From Apogee] wait for the "macbook price point bump"

1:41
dieterbohn: "environmentally responsible"

1:41
dieterbohn: 5 hours battery life

1:42
mike overbo: bringing graphics cards back to teh macbook will be a great move

1:42
Rene Ritchie: Unifying behing the aluminium and black look is SMART

1:42
Rene Ritchie: Snow Leopard targets GPUs for increased performance

1:42
Rene Ritchie: This is prelude to OS X 10.6 right here

1:42
dieterbohn: $1299

1:43
Rene Ritchie: WOW!

1:43
dieterbohn: 1299 version has 2ghz proc, 13.3" display...

1:43
Rene Ritchie: No 12" for Mike :(

1:43
[Comment From David] $700 more affordable than Pro?

1:43
[Comment From josh aldrich] ok macbook it is, ill save 1200 bux

1:43
Rene Ritchie: @Josh: They're deliberately blurring the lines.

1:44
Rene Ritchie: Except for true "professionals", the PRO loses a lot of appeal

1:44
dieterbohn: a 2nd model clocks in at 1599 for 4gb of ram, 320gbhd and backlit keyboard. shipping TODAY, stores Tomororw

1:44
[Comment From bartlewis] the $999 has a faster processor

1:44
Rene Ritchie: @bartlewis: but no co-processors

1:44
Rene Ritchie: The GPUs will make a difference, or at least Apple is arguing/baking on that

1:45
[Comment From bartlewis] what does that mean?

1:45
dieterbohn: reminder: standard plastic macbook not going away yet.

1:45
[Comment From bartlewis] that's a 19% loss of PROCESSOR power for $300 more dollars

1:45
dieterbohn: showing a video now.

1:45
Rene Ritchie: That means that you have slightly less speed in one processor, but additional co-processor(s) to pick up the load

1:46
[Comment From bartlewis] The regular MacBook has more than one processor?

1:46
Rene Ritchie: NVidia 9400M

1:47
Rene Ritchie: in the $1299

1:47
[Comment From mar] @bart: it will have one CPU & a GPU to catch the slowness of the CPU

1:47
[Comment From David] I'm really divided on which one i should buy... I mean, i do use my current iBook (:D) a lot but not at a professional level so... i dunno

1:47
Rene Ritchie: MacBook has SSD option too?!

1:48
mike overbo: for long-term investment go with graphics card

1:48
Rene Ritchie: @Overbo: Which one are you liking?

1:49
mike overbo: likely the 1299, depending on how easy it is to get non-apple RAM and hard drive inside...

1:49
[Comment From bartlewis] @mike overbo...super easy

1:49
Rene Ritchie: Should be super easy to get non-Apple RAM/HD inside now

1:49
mike overbo: for my 12" g4 powerbook, it's not quite murder; more like a persistent stabbing

1:49
dieterbohn: still showing the video.

1:50
Rene Ritchie: Engadget: no more matt finish for displays? That deal breaker for anyone?

1:50
Rene Ritchie: I've never bought a glossy on a laptop...

1:50
[Comment From Wezzy F.] I like glossy better

1:50
[Comment From palehorse] glossy... outdoors... ummm.. not good.

1:51
Rene Ritchie: So which MacBook is everyone considering? They really haven't made it easy this time!

1:51
[Comment From Memphis] its a shame that theres no matte display. its super useful for photographers that want non boosted blacks

1:51
[Comment From David] Not a major turn off ;)

1:51
[Comment From bartlewis] Glossy outdoors makes you want to slit your wrists with a VERY DULL knife

1:51
[Comment From martin] glossy is the way to go with the brightness screens have these days, no problem outside

1:51
Rene Ritchie: Video is still not as long as the App Store stuff from WWDC... :)

1:52
Rene Ritchie: Will the new trackpad be iPhone buttery?

1:52
Rene Ritchie: I'm already annoyed I can't just navigate my Mac like an iPhone...

1:52
dieterbohn: -"We made the entire glass trackpad the button! Worked for months to develop just the right texture." (ars)

1:52
dieterbohn: Engadget says it will take some getting used to

1:52
Rene Ritchie: Crackberry Kevin to claim iCloning the Storm in 5... 4... 3... 2...

1:53
[Comment From Wezzy F.] So if i have a pro now should i go with a new pro or a new macbook?

1:53
[Comment From bartlewis] But I don't which to get me....I'm a pro user in a 15 inch MBP now

1:53
[Comment From David] I think it'll have to be the cheaper of the new MacBooks... 2.0Ghz is enough power for me :)

1:53
dieterbohn: No Firewire on the MacBook

1:54
Rene Ritchie: If they unloaded all this right now, what does that leave for Macworld?!

1:54
Rene Ritchie: FW likely now considered a Pro feature...

1:54
dieterbohn: Um, whoa. Steve's blood pressure just on screen

1:54
dieterbohn: Q&A Session. Nice joke there

1:54
dieterbohn: 110/70 if you're wondering

1:54
Rene Ritchie: LOL! They're getting better senses of humor round Cupertino way...

1:55
dieterbohn: they are first to market with the new NVIDIA chips

1:55
dieterbohn: but not exclusive

1:55
Rene Ritchie: They somehow always manage to get the hawt new procs.

1:55
[Comment From jdlk] no bluray? :(

1:55
[Comment From King T] apple put fw on the map, how can it be a pro feature?

1:55
[Comment From palehorse] I think the $1299 MacBook + $899 CinemaDisplay will work for me... throw in my own HDD and RAM later. :)

1:55
Rene Ritchie: Must make Michael Dell's shorts itch!

1:55
[Comment From Apogee] anyone check out the apple store? should be able to get the whole scoop in a few minutes

1:55
[Comment From palehorse] im still psyched about that 24" cinemadisplay... throw in the $1299 book, and i've got my new home AND work solutions...

1:56
Rene Ritchie: Apple Store still down.

1:56
dieterbohn: No Blu-Ray and no HDMI since it's limited. Their new little display port is their new standard

1:56
dieterbohn: (until the next notebook. Grumble gumble)

1:56
Rene Ritchie: Apple is pushing the digital download, not the BD media

1:56
mike overbo: i wonder if there are will be any other updates to the store. sometimes they sneak stuff in...

1:56
Rene Ritchie: @Overbo: Mac Mini? :)

1:56
dieterbohn: Steve: "Blu Ray is just a bag of hurt"

1:56
Rene Ritchie: It's true.

1:57
dieterbohn: the licensing is too complex

1:57
Rene Ritchie: HDCP is crime

1:57
mike overbo: it competes with iTunes

1:57
Rene Ritchie: I have legit everything and it still refuses to play at least once a week.

1:57
Rene Ritchie: Nothing worse than treating your customers like criminals

1:57
Rene Ritchie: Look at all the negative press Vista got for gumming up the works with DRM for HD

1:58
dieterbohn: The 17" is also being refreshed today. mmkay, why didn't you mention that before?

1:58
[Comment From Chris] apple.com updated!

1:58
Rene Ritchie: Phil: "We have the HD movies and TV on iTunes already". LOL!

1:58
[Comment From palehorse] what Phil actually meant was "We have the best CONTROL OVER ALL YOUR HD MOVIE AND TV OPTIONS in iTunes.."

1:58
Rene Ritchie: Yup

1:58
Rene Ritchie: But that's nothing compared to the MPAA :)

1:59
dieterbohn: 17" won't get hte new hotness yet... so what is the refresh? we dunno

1:59
Rene Ritchie: Rumor says the new 17" aren't passing QA yet..

1:59
Rene Ritchie: Can has issues

1:59
[Comment From mar] MPAA is a bag of hurt. 2:00
Rene Ritchie: Schiller didn't get much face time today... 2:00
dieterbohn: new macbook goes from 1.08" to .95", same as the pro. Macbook is 4.5lb, Macbook Pro is 5.5lb 2:00
[Comment From bartlewis] so I hear next week....they're releasing the new Mac Mini 2:01
dieterbohn: Seems heavy to me 2:01
mike overbo: glass? 2:01
dieterbohn: So Macbook shaves half a pound per Rene's quick research. 2:01
[Comment From David] i wanna see the price in £s :) 2:01
[Comment From Captain Apocalypse] It's not that heavy at all for a mobile everything. 2:02
Rene Ritchie: International will take a pounding on price as usual. Taxes, transport, feul surcharges, unions, labor, etc. 2:02
dieterbohn: Capital V Vast majority prefer glossy screens, apparently 2:02
Rene Ritchie: Steve says: Netbooks is a nacent market

2:02
Rene Ritchie: (translation: Apple will ignore or come out with one tomorrow as a "re-invention") 2:03
[Comment From bartlewis] @dieterbohn I think it's critical for PRO users to have Matte displays 2:03
[Comment From Matt] apple stock: 106.84 according to my iPhone 2:03
Rene Ritchie: Phil: Gloss is okay "because you can turn a notebook however you want!" 2:03
Rene Ritchie: Thanks Phil! Now give us a papercut and pour some lemon juice on it!

2:03
dieterbohn: That's it -- it's over 2:03
Rene Ritchie: Thatsalll folks! 2:04
dieterbohn: well, except that Steve said that Touchscreens don't make sense to them 2:04
[Comment From texags08] STORE IS UP!!!! 2:04
[Comment From bartlewis] @Rene Ritchie Phil's assuming a lot with that statement 2:04
[Comment From Chris] Apple Store is up and updated as well 2:05
[Comment From Exodian] I can't believe they weren't more aggressive with pricing considering the savings in manufacturing costs. Ah well. 2:05
Rene Ritchie: Price drop after early adopters buy.

2:06
[Comment From bartlewis] HEY GUYS @iphoneblog.....thanks for a great event 2:06
Rene Ritchie: Thanks everyone! 2:06
[Comment From bartlewis] great job in keeping us so updated 2:06
[Comment From Matt] well this time it was truly about notebooks... not even a mention of iPhone? 2:06
Rene Ritchie: Steve had an iPhone in his pocket

2:06
Rene Ritchie: No doubt 2:06
dieterbohn: We'll do a round up later for sure 2:06
Rene Ritchie: Apple Store Canada Still Down :( 2:06
[Comment From CrackBerry Kevin] You guys rock!!!! if only you used blackberrys instead we could be better friends. 2:07
Rene Ritchie: That's why we use iPhones :) 2:07
dieterbohn: /command Ban CrackBerry Kevin 2:07
[Comment From Metin] thanks for a great job... but i am disappointed and left wanting more... 2:07
[Comment From David] Yup, Thanks TiPb! :D 2:07
[Comment From Matt] it was probably wanting attention. maybe wanting 2.2.1 because 2.2 still hasnt worked out yet on his phone 2:07
Rene Ritchie: We're always wanting more. Secret of Apple's success! 2:08
Rene Ritchie: We'll likely get iPhone numbers at Apple's con-call soon. 2:08
Rene Ritchie: Apple Store Canada is Up! 2:08
[Comment From Matt] when is that? or just whenever 2:09
Rene Ritchie: Soonish. The 22nd or 23rd if memory serves. 2:09
Rene Ritchie: (for Apple con-call) 2:09
[Comment From David] They're so damn clever that way. 2:09
Rene Ritchie: $100 more for the Macbook in Canada... 2:09
Rene Ritchie: No new black-trimmed casing on the Air 2:09
[Comment From Matt] poor candians. eh? 2:10
Rene Ritchie: Seen our dollar lately? 2:10
Rene Ritchie: Buy more Canadian Gas, dagnabit! We need yo money! 2:10
[Comment From mar] In the MacBok creation video, from the homepage of Apple.com, it kicks the sand in Dells face by playing the Iron Man movie to represent the backlight. 2:10
Rene Ritchie: http://www.apple.com/macbook/the-new-macbook/

2:11
dieterbohn: Ok, we're going to close up shop 2:11
dieterbohn: check ya later, alligators! 2:11
dieterbohn: it's been a blast! 2:11
Rene Ritchie: Thanks everyone!

2:11
Rene Ritchie: Best readers bar none! 2:12
mike overbo: hi everybody! 2:12
Rene Ritchie: Mike will now go solo 2:12
Rene Ritchie: He'll be here all day, peeps :)

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Am I the only one wanting a next generation mini??
P.S. Anyone know if the mini display port can display on to a 50"??

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