Live from Macworld: The Steve Jobs keynote

Computerworld's Ryan Faas is there, so you don't have to be

EDITOR'S NOTE: Since Apple Inc. doesn't broadcast CEO Steve Jobs' keynote address from the company's big Macworld Expo in San Francisco, getting live reports in real time isn't easy. But Computerworld's Ryan Faas is on hand for today's much-anticipated "Jobsnote." His plan: Send back reports during the speech, which begins at 9 a.m. Pacific time (noon on the East Coast).

Having no luck getting a Wi-Fi signal in the hall, Faas is reporting over his iPhone. If all goes as planned, you'll get the news as fast as we do. So check back often to find out what Jobs has up his black-turtleneck sleeve. (You'll need to refresh your browser to get updates, which will be posted on a rolling basis. That means the latest news will be lower down in the story.)

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View more news from the Macworld Expo SAN FRANCISCO -- 9: 05 a.m. It's showtime, but people are still filing into the auditorium. Sinbad is wandering around. "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" by Green Day is playing as everyone waits for Jobs to take the stage. Green Day is followed by the Liz Phair iPod commercial.

9:14 a.m. Steve Jobs is on stage, black turtleneck and all. As usual, he's reviewing the last year. Five million copies of Leopard have been sold.

9:22 a.m. Something new: Time Capsule, a way to back up home computers wirelessly. The 500GB model will sell for $299; a 1TB model will sell for $499. They're both due out in February.

9:23 a.m. Jobs is touting the iPhone, saying Apple sold 4 million of the devices in 200 days and now has a 19.5% market share in the U.S.

9:24 a.m. New features for the iPhone available today: Maps with location and Web clips on your home screen. The maps feature has a new interface.

9:29 a.m. iPhone users will now be able to send text messages via SMS to multiple recipients. Web clips can remember where you pan and zoom in.

9:30 a.m. Jobs touts another iPhone addition: customize your home screen by moving and reordering dock icons. You can also drag them off the screen to create additional home screens.

9:33 a.m. The new map features use a skyhook database of Wi-Fi hot spots and a Google database of cell towers for accuracy.

9:34 a.m. The iPhone now also offers support for chapters and alternate languages for video subtitles and lyric tracks for music. All the new features are available for free today.

9:36 a.m. Several touch-screen apps have also been updated for the iPod Touch: Mail, Stocks, Maps, Weather and Notes. Those, plus Web clips, will be available for a $20 upgrade fee for current iPod Touch owners. 9:38 a.m. Now it's time to talk about iTunes.

9:40 a.m. Apple has sold 4 billion songs so far, including 20 million songs sold on Christmas day. Also sold 125 million TV shows and 7 million movies.

9:42 a.m. Movie rentals over iTunes! 12 major studios are participating, offering both first-run films and older titles. Apple expects to have 1,000 titles available by next month. Movies will be available 30 days after the DVD is out. You'll have 30 days to watch the movie. And once you start watching, you have 24 hours to finish the movie. Prices will be $2.99 to $3.99, and the movies can be watched on Macs or PCs.

9:45 a.m. Next up, Apple TV, Take 2. No computer required to use the new device. Movies in hi-def will be available from iTunes and can be shown using the new Apple TV. Prices: $3.99 to $4.99. You'll also be able to buy TV shows and music through the Apple TV, which sports a new interface.

9:50 a.m. Jobs is demonstrating how the hi-def movie download and rental will work. Then he moves on to show how music and TV shows are downloaded.

9:55 a.m. Apple TV supports podcast searching and allows HD podcasts to be played.

9:56 a.m. Jobs moves on to a demo of the .Mac photo album, which can be used as an Apple TV screensaver. The device also supports homemade movies using your .Mac account.

9:59 a.m. Next comes a demo of how Flickr can be used over Apple TV to browse contacts or friends of contacts, but there's a glitch and the slide show doesn't load. So Jobs moves on to recap the features coming with the new device.

Current Apple TV owners will get the new features through a free update. Price of the new model: $229, with shipping expected in two weeks. The free update will be available then as well.

10:03 a.m. After recapping Apple's movie rental plans, Jobs invites the CEO of Fox Filmed Entertainment, Jim Gianopulos, on stage. He talks about trying to figure out how best to give users what they want in terms of movie rentals.

10:08: Now Jobs is turning to "something in the air." Yep, it's the MacBook Air. He calls it the world's thinnest notebook. It's .76 inches thick; and one side is just .16 inches thick. It offers a 13.3-in LED screen, latches magnetically when closed, includes a full-size keyboard, an iSight webcam and a MacBook Pro light sensor for the keys. And new gesture support for the trackpad.

10:17 a.m. (Ryan's take: "Very,very cool.") Comes with a 1.8-in. 80GB hard drive standard or a 64GB solid state drive as an option, and it runs on a custom Core 2 Duo processor from Intel.

10:18 a.m. Intel's CEO, Paul Otellini, takes the stage. He talks about how small the processor is.

10:20 a.m. More on the new laptop: It does not have a built-in optical drive, and it uses Apple's Mag Safe power connector. An optional USB DVD drive will be available. Access to USB port, micro-DVI port and the headphones plug is behind a flip-down door. And the MacBook Air only offers Wi-Fi access, but it has a remote disk feature for access to a CD/DVD drive in another computer, whether Mac or PC. There is no Ethernet port.

10:24 a.m. The battery lasts 5 hours, and the laptop weighs just 3 pounds. The standard configuration has a 1.6-GHz chip with 2GB of RAM; there's an option for a 1.83-GHz processor.

10:27 a.m. The base price is $1,799 and shipping is expected in two weeks.

10:29 a.m. The case is recyclable aluminum, and the display is mercury- and arsenic-free.

10:33 a.m. Jobs introduces singer Randy Newman, who offers up a song on stage and says Jobs is the hardest act to follow. 10:41 a.m. Jobs is back after Newman's musical interlude. That's it for the keynote.

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