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Macworld: New iPhone Software, iTunes Video Rentals, Updated AppleTV

By January 15, 2008

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Some predictions were fulfilled, others were nowhere to be seen, but here are the new products, software, and services announced by Apple at the Macworld Expo today:

iPhone News

iTunes News

  • iTunes Movie Rentals offers movies from from Touchstone, Miramax, MGM, Lionsgate, New Line, Fox, Warner Bros. Disney, Paramount, Universal, and Sony.
  • Launches with over 1,000 movies. New movies debut on iTunes 30 days after their DVD release.
  • $2.99 for most movies, $3.99 for new releases. 30 Days to start watching movie, 24 hours to finish.
  • Available today in the U.S, later this year for International. Also available: iPod, iPhone, and iTunes updates to support it.
  • iTunes Digital Copy launches; this provides an iPod-compatible version of movies on some purchased DVDs.
  • New version of iTunes -- 7.6 -- needed to support it. Available through Software Update now.

AppleTV News

  • New version, dubbed Take 2. No computer required. Rent movies directly from it. Plays podcasts, Flickr feeds.
  • HD video rentals for $4.99. 100 titles available today.
  • Music can be bought usng AppleTV.
  • Price cut to $229 from $299 on low-end model.
  • New features are added via free software update, available in 2 weeks.

iPod Touch News

  • New programs: Maps, Mail, Stocks, Notes, Weather. A $20 upgrade for current owners.
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