Jobs Introduces MacBook Air, New Apple TV
Apple chief Steve Jobs’ introductory press conference at Macworld was full of developments, as usual. The biggest news this year: the Macbook “Air” notebook computer, which is less than .8 inches thick- as well as online movie rentals, and a new version of Apple TV that does not require the use of a computer.
The three big developments of Macworld day one had all been revealed, to one degree or another, beforehand, but Jobs’ presentation went into exact detail for the first time. According to Reuters, Apple stock fell slightly upon the announcement- and Netflix and Blockbuster, expected to be the two biggest competitors of its online rental service, both saw their stock drop as well. Netflix, at CES last week, introduced a partnership with LG that also included a hardware component.
The rentals, according to Apple, will be available starting in February, with new releases at $3.99 and catalog titles at $2.99, with high-definition versions costing $1 more each, Movies will be available from every major studio except for NBC Universal.