Macworld Expo is been a launchpad of many Apple products. As Apple's last Macworld '09 participation is coming nearer, here's list of Apple's previous 9 launches at Macworld from Apple in descending order...
2008 – the MacBook Air
Steve Jobs introduced the MacBook Air, the world’s thinnest notebook (allegedly) that was quickly acknowledged as a thing of beauty, but also criticised in some quarters as a triumph of style over substance – there was no optical drive, for instance, so CDs and DVDs were useless.
The event also unveiled a software update for the iPhone and iPod Touch that improved Mail and more, and introduced Apple TV Take 2. That turned the company’s ailing TV-on-demand platform into a viable, computer free solution, although its popularity is still not what Apple could hope for. Elsewhere, iTunes introduced movie rentals, and back-up gadget the Time Capsule debuted too.
2007 – the iPhone
This was the year that Apple revolutionised its image in the eyes of millions, unveiling the iPhone. Based on the iPod, it was effectively an entire computer that happened to make phone calls. The major change, however, was in integrating the modile web so effectively into a handset; for the first time, consumers were able to go online as easily as they might send a text message. An intuitive touchscreen interface wowed the crowds, but on its launch the to the public the device was found to not quite be as perfect as many had hoped. A couple of updates later, however, and the iPhone has become the world’s best-selling smartphone.
Apple’s on-demand video service, Apple TV, was also unveiled, and this was the year that the company acknowledged that it was now more than a computer company: it changed its name from Apple Computer, Inc to simply Apple, Inc.
2006 – Intel inside
To those of a less technical bent, 2006’s Macworld might not sound like it was such a big deal. But the switch to Intel processors was the culmination of a whole new way of thinking at Apple, and it laid the foundations for the computer giant’s current line-up. The screen might not have been showing much that was very new, but everything under the hood was totally different.
2005 – the Mac Mini
There were a raft of announcements in 2005, but chief among them was the introduction of the Mac Mini. This miniature computer was small enough, and stylish enough, to sit in any living room under the TV, but also powerful enough to encourage people to throw out their towering beige machines.
Small was the theme elsewhere, too, as the miniature iPod Shuffle debuted, offering a smaller number of tracks in a tiny case. Office package iWork was unveiled too.
2004 – the iPod Mini
This was a mixed year for Apple – it confirmed that the transition to its new operating system, OS X, was finally over, it debuted a new server, and introduced a suite of applications called iLife ’04. iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD and GarageBand all lined up to enable regular users to organise their photos, make music and record films, but the flagship product was the iPod Mini. It was the first MP3 player to use the now famous tagline, “1,000 songs in your pocket”.
2003 – Safari
Internet Explorer was – and still is – the dominant web browser, but Apple’s Safari is still a rising pretender to the mantle of best web browser. It was launched in 2003, along with new laptops – the 17” and 12” Powerbooks – and a faster wifi router, the AirPort Extreme.
2002 – iMac G4
Apple’s new iMac looked very good on glass tables in films, but this model, with a G4 processor failed to capture the imagination, and was not unobtrusive in the way that more recent models have been.
2001 – iTunes
Apple’s iTunes software was the first MP3 library programme that gave users an easy-to-use interface, and went on to offer millions the chance to download their favourite tracks. It wasn’t the first, but it was – and still is – widely considered to be head and shoulders above its rivals.
2000 – the Cube
Short-lived it may have been, but the stylish Cube retains a loyal following amongst those with a fondness for nostalgia. With hindsight, it was a forerunner to miniature PCs that are only now becoming popular