Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Computer, unveiled a new set-top box that allows users to stream video from their computers to their tv’s, as well as a new mobile phone that downloads and plays music.
Both devices were announced and showcased by Steve Jobs during his keynote at Macworld. It was also announced that Apple Computer, Inc. has stripped the “Computer” from their name and will now go by simply Apple, Inc.
Apple plans to use the set-top tv device, which is equipped with a 40GB hard drive, as a means to bridge computers and televisions together so that users can more easily control their media content. The device (simply titled Apple TV) will go on sale in February and carry a pricetag of $299.
The phone, iPhone, will have very well known iPod like attributes such as synching all your forms of media, while adding new attributes such as being able to control e-mail content and web bookmarks.
IPhone is less than a half-inch thin, and comes with a built in 2MP digital camera, it has a slot for headphones and one for a SIM card. Its touch-screen interface allows seamless control.
The phone (viewable here at Apple’s official site) will retail in two varieties; A $499 4GB version and a $599 8GB version (with a 2 year service agreement from Cingular Wireless).
It’ll be released in the U.S. in June, Europe by Q4 and Asia by 2008.