Macworld Conference and Expo 2005: San Francisco
The Macworld Conference and Expo 2005 opened this morning with a keynote by Apple Computer Inc.s CEO, Steve Jobs. Jobs eased his way into the keynote with a quick update of Apples worldwide retail presence which has grown to 101 stores since 3.5 years ago. Jobs noted that the stores serve over a million visitors a week thats 20 Macworlds a week, Jobs said.
Mac OS X 10.4 "Tiger"
Apple Computer Inc.s CEO, Steve Jobs, delivering his keynote at Macworld.
Jobs went to talk about Mac OS X v10.3 (codenamed Panther), which has become Apples most successful OS release in history. Panther now has 12,000 applications running and has helped 14 million active users make the transition into OS X.
Jobs then revealed that the next Mac OS X version (10.4), codenamed Tiger, is on schedule to be released in the first-half of 2005. It is packed with 200 new features, some of which includes :-
Spotlight Apples search technology built right into the operating systems core. The search engine allows the user to search anything in the system, including documents, images, contacts, items in calendars, PDF files and even bookmarks. The spotlight search icon is located conveniently on the top right corner of the desktop and it lets you search by using keywords. The search results are then displayed neatly sorted by types (from your documents, all the way down to PDF files) or date. From the demo, Jobs showed how Spotlight could perform a complete system search almost instantly. Unfortunately, Jobs was not spared from the demo bug and his system hung when he attempted to show the audience the tight integration of Spotlight with the operating system. That didnt stop him from continuing the keynote and he calmly switched to another system and said, Thats why we have backups. Spotlight is also portable as the search tool can be built into applications as well, which Jobs indicated that Apple developers have already begun building Spotlight into their applications, including Microsoft developers.
Mail Apple made a major revamp to their mail client in Tiger and they have also added Spotlight to make searching across all mailboxes simpler and faster. Spotlight further allows users to create smart mailboxes that groups mail with a particular keyword. Jobs also showed how Mail can make viewing of attached pictures easier with a new slideshow feature found within the email client. And thats not all, with a click of a button, you can archive the photos you want into iPhoto.
Quicktime 7 The next major release of Quicktime will make its debut in Tiger following Quicktime 6s phenomenal success with over 330 million downloads which up to 98% of these downloads were Windows users. Quicktime 7 promises even better features including life resizing, full surround 24-channel audio, full HD (high definition) playback, complete MPEG-4 compliance and H.264 video compression support (technology adopted by both HD DVD and Blu-Ray standards).
Dashboard A collection of widgets, or mini-applications that allow users to quickly get what they want and get out. Some of the widgets found in Dashboard upon Tigers final release include a calculator, address book database, calendar, stickies, controller for iTunes, world clock, dictionary with thesaurus, measurement converter, currency converter, stock tracker, language translation and weather. Dashboard widgets are conveniently located below the dock and users can add more of these convenient mini-applications from third party developers.
One of the mini-applications (widgets) found in Dashboard.
iChat Mac OS Xs chat software also received a major upgrade with the upcoming Tiger release, boasting features such as 10 simultaneous voice conferencing and industrys first four-way video conferencing using H.264 compression.
iChat supports four-way video conferencing, as demonstrated during Steve Job's keynote.
The latest Mac OS X Tiger will contain up to 200 new features and is on-track to ship in the first half of 2005. That is going to be long before Longhorn, quipped Jobs when comparing to Microsofts upcoming operating system.