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Macworld San Francisco 2003 Special Report

Day 5: Friday, January 10, 2003

Day 4 at Macworld Photos

iLounger Dave J. has sent us his pictures from Day 4 of Macworld SF. You’ll see photos of Macsense’s HomePod, Speck Products new FlipStand, Matias Corporation’s iPod Armor case and more. Our thanks to Dave for volunteering his camera and time to ilounge readers.

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Day 4: Thursday, January 9, 2003


Macsense Introduces HomePod

“Imagine being able to select from any computer in your home or office and choose the music you want to listen to on any speaker or headphone set. Simply select your music from the LCD screen on the HomePod and you are set. HomePod even works outside on the patio, in the garden or while organizing your garage. HomePod is scheduled to ship in late March with a suggested retail price of $199.

The HomePod enhances Apple’s digital hub, picking up where iTunes and iPod leave off. Think of HomePod as an iPod for home distributed entertainment. The handheld device functions just like an iPod, with the ability to browse by artists, style and song name. The device checks how many computers are on the wireless network and pools all the song lists together. All software can run on Mac, PC or Linux machines. “

Read the press release…
HomePod photo…

Day 3: Wednesday, January 8, 2003


First Looks: iTrip, iPod Armor & FlipStand

iLounger “cudaboy_71” graciously volunteered his time while at Macworld SF to report, photograph and video some of the new accessories for iPod. The following is his first hand report on recently announced products from Griffin Technology (iTrip), Matias Corporation (iPod Armor) and Speck Products (FlipStand). All of these products and more can be seen in the photos and video  provided by “cudaboy_71.”

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Gat An iLife at iDay 2003

“Avondale Media wants Mac users to get an iLife.
The company today announced iDay 2003, a series of fun, informative, one-day
seminars devoted to Apple’s iLife programs: iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, and
iDVD, as well as the iPod, iCal, and iSync.”

The first upcoming iDay seminar will be held on Saturday, January 25 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, CA. The next seminar date is set for Saturday, February 8 at the Hyatt Rickeys in Palo Alto, CA. Registration is $99 and includes handout materials and a full copy of Econ Technologies’ Portraits & Prints, a photo-printing utility that normally sells for $20.

For more info…

“Expo: Contour Design specials”

DealMac reports:

“Expo only. Contour Design offers its iSee iPod case for $20 ($10 off), MiniPRO and UniMouse for $25 each ($10 off), and RollerMouse Station for $150 ($40 off). These prices are only available at Contour’s booth, #1549, through January 10, 2003. “

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New iPodDock for Latest iPods Released

Photo Control Corporation has released a new version of the BookEndz iPodDock to accomodate the latest 5, 10 and 20GB iPods. New iPods have a FireWire port protector and/or non-moving scroll wheel. The iPodDock is a desktop stand and docking station which connects to iPod via the FireWire and audio ports. iPodDock model #BE-P003 for original iPods (5 and 10GB) and iPodDock model #BE-P004 for new iPods (5, 10, and 20GB) are available for $45. For more info visit Photo Control at Macworld Expo booth #3937.

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Day 2: Tuesday, January 7, 2003

Apple Announces Burton Amp iPod Jacket

Update: Apple has posted the Burton Amp press release.

Burton and Apple partnered to create an integrated snowboard/ski jacket with a “Sound Pocket” for iPod and “Soft Switch Technology” that enables the use of a control panel built into the right sleeve of the Amp jacket. Burton collaborated with SOFTswitch, “a company that makes fabrics touch sensitive and interactive.” By touching the control pad on the sleeve, you can change songs or volume levels. Limited edition Burton Amp jacket is only available at Apple store online for $499. The Burton website has more info about the jacket as well as availability. The Amp jacket can be tried on at all Apple retail stores nationwide. In late January, select Burton dealers will be selling the Amp.

Apple info…
Burton Amp info…
SOFTSwitch info…

Keynote Announcements Related to iPod

  • iLife announced
  • iPhoto 2, iTunes 3, iDVD 3 and iMovie 3 bundled package
  • New iPhoto 2, iDVD 3, and iMovie 3 announced
  • iPhoto 2, iTunes 3, iDVD 3 and iMovie 3 integrated
  • iPod is “Walkman of the digital age”
  • Shipped over 600,000 iPods
  • That means one shipped every minute since its debut
  • #1 in US and Japan
  • 42% market share in Japan
  • Apple/Burton snowboard/ski jacket with pouch for iPod has integrated remote on the sleeve. iPod not included ($499)

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Forums: Discuss MWSF 2003 Announcements

ilounge Forum Administrator Tom has set up a forum to discuss the MWSF 2003 announcements once they have been made. Join us in the forums as the announcements start to roll in from Steve Jobs keynote.
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Macworld SF Keynote

We’re only hours away from the Macworld keynote address by Steve Jobs. Will Apple introduce a new digital hub device? Will there be new and improved iPods? Soon we’ll all find out if the rumors are true or not. As a reminder, Apple will be webcasting the keynote address live at 9 AM PST (12 AM EST).
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Matias Unveils iPod Armour Case

Matias Corporation has unveiled the first aluminum hardcase for iPod. The iPod Armor is made from anondized aluminum and is designed to completely incase the iPod. The interior has open-cell EVA foam to cushion iPod. The top of the case features access to FireWire and audio ports as well as the “Hold” switch. The iPod Armor case sells for $49.95, fits iPod 5, 10 and 20GB models. Pre-orders are being taken for late February delivery at www.iPodArmor.com. Matias will have the iPod Armor on display at Macworld Expo booth #3846.
For more info…

Day 1: Monday, January 6, 2003

New iPod Hardcase Doubles As Desktop Stand

Speck Products has introduced the new FlipStand hardcase for iPod that doubles as a desktop stand. The case features a protective lid that covers the scroll wheel which can be flipped all-the-way open to use the case as a stand. Custom inserts are avialble to fit iPod 5GB, 10GB and 20GB models.

“The case is priced at $34.95 and just went on sale today at
http://www.speckproducts.com and will also be available for purchase at
Macworld booth 4147 and the DevDepot store.”

For more info…

XtremeMac: New Products,  Lower Prices, Expo Discount

XtremeMac has announcd new 1-meter, 2-meter and 3-meter XwireGold Low-Noise Technology cables including USB 2.0 A to B cables, as well as a 2-meter USB Keyboard extension cable, and lowered its price for the Get Connected iPod Audio Bundle and the Ultimate iPod Bundle. The Get Connected Bundle and Ulitmate Bundle was $49.95 and $89.95. The new price has been lowered by $10 to $39.95 and $79.95 respectively. XtremeMac’s product line will be available for sale at Macworld Expo, Booth 4135. All visitors to the XtremeMac booth will receive a Show Special 10% discount on all purchases made.

“The Get Connected Bundle includes three audio cables, an iShare Earbud Splitter, a cassette adapter and a FireWire car charger, all in Apple-white. The Ultimate iPod bundle includes everything in the Get Connected Bundle and also features XtremeMac’s Deluxe iPod case, available in a dozen styles. The case comes with a belt- clip, neck-lanyard, 2 surface mounts, and an earbud pouch.”

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