On the mobile side, Apple’s announcements during Steve Jobs’s keynote yesterday at Macworld were disappointing. There was no mention of a 3G iPhone or a 16GB iPhone as rumoured in the press ahead of the show.
Jobs showed new applications for the iPhone, including maps with location, customisable home screen and the ability to send multiple SMS at once. Multimedia messaging capabilities were still not mentioned.
Apple also announced it was adding new content to the iTunes video library for the iPhone and iPod. The iTunes video store has already sold 7 million movies, 125 million TV shows and 4 billion songs.
4 million iPhones have been sold since launch 200 days ago, Jobs told audiences. This gives the iPhone a 19.5% share of the U.S. smartphone market, only second after RIM’s 39%.
‘The iPhone isn’t standing still, we keep making it better and better,’ Jobs said. Next month, Apple will make public the software development kit for the iPhone, enabling third parties to create applications for the device.
The highlight of the presentation was the unveiling of Apple’s new laptop. The MacBook Air is the world’s thinnest notebook at 0.7-0.16 inches compared to its closest competitor at 0.8-1.2 inches. ‘It fits inside an envelope, it’s that small,’ Jobs said.