What Apple Announced Today at WWDC

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faq_badge20090324Apple’s (s aapl) highly anticipated Worldwide Developers Conference keynote kicked off in San Francisco today and — true to form — the company made a slew of product announcements. Here’s a brief roundup of the big Apple news so far:

  • The New iPhone 3G S: The new 3G S iPhone (available June 19) comes with a 3-megapixel autofocus camera, video recording, hands-free voice control and runs at a speed that Apple says is nearly twice as fast as the iPhone 3G. Thanks to the new iPhone OS 3.0 mobile operating system, users will finally have the ability to cut, copy and paste on an iPhone. The device will have MMS capabilities later this summer, since it’s not currently available for iPhone users on the AT&T network. A 16GB model will be available for $199 and a new 32GB model for $299 (a caveat: in the U.S., it requires a two-year AT&T rate plan). If you have a contract in place, then the device is going to cost you more to upgrade: $299 for the 3G and $399/$499 for the 3G S. For more on the new iPhone, read these posts on our sister site, theAppleBlog.
  • $99 iPhone 3G: Apple slashed the price of the 8GB iPhone 3G model to $99.
  • MacBook Pro Now Available in 13-inch, 15-inch and 17-inch Models: Apple boasts the new Pro models have longer battery life, with the 13-inch and 15-inch models reported to last up to seven hours. The 13-inch and 15-inch models are now equipped with SD card slots and are priced starting at $1,199 and $1,699 respectively. To read more about the new MacBook Pro models, visit theAppleBlog.
  • MacBook Air Price Cut: Apple also cut the entry-level price of its ultra-thin MacBook to $1,499.
  • Mac OS X Snow Leopard to Be Released in September: The new operating system upgrade will be available for $29 and a family pack will be available for $49. Snow Leopard includes a redesigned QuickTime that allows users to trim video and also share it with YouTube, iTunes and MobileMe. System applications such as Finder, iCal, iChat, Safari and Mail will be both 64-bit and 32-bit compatible, making the system run faster than before. It takes about 6 GB less room than the current version of OS X.
  • Safari 4: The new Safari 4 web browser includes features such as Top Sites, which allows users to see a visual preview of frequently visited and favorite pages, and the Full History Search feature allows users to search anything from titles to complete text of recently viewed pages. Safari 4’s Nitro engine runs Javascript nearly 4.5 times faster than Safari 3, Apple claims.
  • No Steve Jobs: Though rumors swirled last week that Apple CEO Steve Jobs would make an appearance at the conference, he did not.

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