Originally Posted by AppleSwitcher
Yes, that is also my question. If the phone call is used just to start-up the FaceTime over wifi, then this would be awesome for us consumers, since we wouldn't have to maintain expensive voice calls; awesome for Apple, because they would really get us heavy-using their new open standard; awful for the mobile network operators, because we would spend less on calls.
I also worry about that. I tried to tell from the demo - it starts as a phone call and switches to Facetime. The video was jumpy but audio was perfect so might have been using the cell network... BUT he barely spoke so not enough to tell. If the phone call was dropped it did it seamlessly, there was no evidence of it dropping. BUT, the Facetime icon was there before the call started even if it wasn't used, and the standards show support of AAC which is the audio component of the video conference.
Originally Posted by ncee
Ok, so how long before Apple splits the company into 2 or 3 parts.
1) Computer (or maybe they just close this part down)
3) Software and other parts
Nah, didn't happen 10 years ago, won't happen now. Though I'd kind of like to see Apple spin off a majority-owned "Business Computing" division - MacPros, server stuff, filemaker, and a solutions consultancy. Mainly so that a separate management can focus on that kind of thing - Apple has some good products for that market but not much interest.
Originally Posted by Shaun, UK
iWeb Pro would be very welcome... Also.. what happened to iLife 10 and iWork 10? Is Apple going to keep it's annual updates or do we have to wait until 2011 instead?
Yes I was hoping for that. Guess they know they need to add iAds into iWeb, and integrate the two iMovies
Originally Posted by benice
It's OT, but what type of specific new functionality is likely to be part of the new iLife?
iPhoto: remove slideshows - instead create a 'movie' in iMovie, from photos, with exactly the same easy steps (no need to separate those!). Make "Photo iBooks" as well as printable books
iMovie: slideshows (as above). Show the length of the clip visually like the iPhone version does! Same picture enhancements as iPhoto. Enhance audio quality. Automatic beat finding. Not a lot really.
... Perhaps FinalCutExpress should become a natural inbetween from Pro to iMovie? Oh, it'd be nice if they fixed HD exports to current AppleTV (I have to manually specify 720p25) but that won't rate as important.
... perhaps exporting of low quality video for off-line (on-iPad) editing, that's later mastered on the Mac?
iWeb -newer standards of course. Otherwise I think mainly an integration with the other apps. Options to show latest updates of photos (auto updates, like it does on MobileMe), lists of recently purchased music, most listened to songs?, recent movies, favourite youtube, iCal calendars etc.
iDVD.. hard to describe
1) like now, but create a HD/720p menu that can be shared onto iPads, AppleTVs etc (your own or via the web). ie: Instead of just publishing a Quicktime movie to friends, publish a whole DVD structure including the movies.
....maybe it should merge with iWeb?
2) burn HD 720p with menus onto a REGULAR DVD using h264 files (bluray compatible)
That's about it.
(in iWork, pages could make ePub iBooks!)