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Apple WWDC 2009 Round-Up: New MacBooks, Cheaper iPhone 3G, New iPhone 3G S , etc.

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Apple WWDC 2009It was an exciting day at WWDC today! made quite a few announcements and confirmed quite a few rumors floating around MacBooks and the new OS and device.

Let’s take a look at few of the highlights from the event.

announced new MacBooks with non-removable batteries which are said to work for about 1,000 recharges, each recharges lasting upto 7hrs.

MacBook Pro

Now you can become Fanboy with a brand new MacBook Pro starting at $1,699, 2.53GHz Core 2 Duo, 4GB DDR3 RAM, 250GB HDD, etc.. all the way to $2,499 for a 17-inch unibody 2.8GHz Core 2 Duo, 4GB DDR3, 500GB HDD, etc..

Then there are these less expensive MacBook and Mackbook AIR starting at $1,199 to $1,799 with 2.26GHz Core 2 Duo, 2GB DDR3 RAM, 160GB HDD to 2.13GHz Core 2 Duo, 2GB DDR3 RAM, 128GB SSD!

Now that’s wide right? Offers more choice at less expensive rates!

New Safari Browser

WWDC also announced Safari 4 promising it to be faster than all its previous launches and Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome. The latest release offers a lot of new features like a Cover Flow, Full History Search, Nitro engine, etc..

Download the latest Safari from here

Snow Leopard

Snow Leopard is ready to ship out starting this September and will cost $29 for the existing Leopard users and $10 for users buying a Leopard machine between now and December.

The new release is a refined version of the existing Leopard OS which includes built-in support for the latest version of Microsoft Exchange server for easy access to Mail, Address Book, etc..

Click here to read more ..

iPhone 3G S

Now coming to iPhone and its announcements one of the interesting announcements was about a new service called “” this feature can locate a your iPhone on map using its GPS technology, not only that but it also lets you send a message, play sound even if it is in silent mode or simply send a message and delete all the information on the phone.

About a year ago I wrote about an Indian company called Maverick Mobile which offers a similar solution for other mobile phones.

Besides that other Apps like the one from TomTom, ScrollMotion’s Iceberg, Line 6 Variax, ZipCar, etc.. also grabbed some limelight.

also added about 1 million books and magazines to Appstore for the iPhone reader.

iPhone OS 3.0 will hit the new devices starting June 17th. All iPhone users will be upgraded free of cost but iPod touch users will require to pay $9.95.

The new features include,

  • Tethering over Bluethooth and USB for MAC and PCs
  • MMS Support
  • Purchase or rent movies or audiobooks using iPhone

iPhone 3G prices dropped to $99 for a 8GB variant on a 2 Year contract. The new iPhone, iPhone 3G S will hit the stores starting June 19th and “S” in stands for “Speed” which means that it is faster than all its previous versions.

has a 3 megapixel camera with 30 FPS, Auto Focus, Auto White Balance, etc.. recording feature. The video capabilities can be added to any of the third party applications using the new API.  The phone is loaded with improved battery offering 9 hours of surfing and 5 hours of talk time.

Now the exciting features, offers a new digital compass functionality which can come in handy. It also offers a new exciting way of interacting with the phone by just talking to it. Yes, it is capable of reacting to voice commands to complete a certain task.

comes in 2 variants, 16 and 32GB for $199 and $299 respectively. The new devices will be available starting June 19th. The new will start shipping to other countries starting August.

So that was the important stuff! Now readers who were planning to buy a Palm Pre, will any of the announcements made today stop you from doing this or did it put you in two minds?

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