Macworld 2008 Keynote: MacBook Air, Apple TV 2.0, iTunes Movie Rentals…

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The dust is settling from Steve Jobs’ Macworld 2008 keynote, which was lacking in new iPhones, but had plenty of other big announcements to chew over. The unveiling of the MacBook Air super-slim notebook was the highlight, measuring just 0.76 inches at its thickest point, but offering a 13.3-inch screen, 80GB hard drive, and Intel Core 2 Duo processor.

Also big news was the launch of iTunes Movie Rentals at $2.99 or $3.99 a pop, although the service won’t be available outside the US until later in the year. However, Apple’s revamped (and cheaper) Apple TV will offer HD movie rentals with Dolby 5.1. There was also the announcement of Digital Copy for iTunes, which’ll include an iPod-friendly digital version on selected DVDs.

There were some iPhone firmware tweaks, including WebClips and location mapping. Jobs also announced the Time Capsule backup system, and boasted about Leopard OS X sales.

Check out our Jobs Keynote Liveblog to see how it all went down.

Stuart Dredge

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  • The MacBook Air. Like a four-year old Sony X505, but a couple of millimetres thinner and with less features.

    Welcome to the world of Apple. Where everything is better than what anyone else can do. Not.

  • Already the pro-Apple bull begins on the tech blogs. While you’be been honest here and quoted the thickness of the Air at its widest point, already we’ve seen other bloogers and writers quote its thickness at its THINNEST point. Engadget just told us the Air was .16 inches thick! One rule for Apple…….

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