Throughout his keynote, Jobs heralded 2005 as the year of high-definition video in the home and previewed HD video support coming to a range of Apple software. He even put aside competitive differences and shared the stage with Sony Corp. president Kunitake Ando after lauding Sonys HD camcorder, the FX1. Jobs said the next version of iMovieone of five digital-media applications in iLife 05, which is due out Jan. 22will support the editing of HD video. Jobs displayed Sonys camcorder as an example of the devices capturing the high-quality movies. Also on the HD front, Apple is launching an HD version of Final Cut Express in February to complement its current HD support in Final Cut Pro, Jobs said.In iLife 05, Apple is adding greater photo editing capabilities in iPhoto and advanced features for slideshows and creating photo books. The application also will support more formats, including MPEG-4 for video and RAW for digital images, Jobs said. . Rounding out the suite, iDVD is gaining 15 additional themes for creating DVD slideshows and will support all DVD formats. GarageBand will be able to record as many as eight tracks and will include a feature for transcribing music as it is being played. As he did last year, Jobs brought out singer and songwriter John Mayer to demonstrate the new GarageBand features. As Mayer played the piano, a screen displayed GarageBand instantly translating the music into notes. Not to leave Apples core Mac OS X software out of his keynote, Jobs also reiterated that the next version, named Tiger, would be available in the first half of the year. Click here to read about Jobs earlier Tiger preview at Apples Worldwide Developer Conference. While announcing few new features for the operating system, he recapped the major changes coming in Tiger, including the Spotlight search capability, Dashboard and an update to QuickTime 7 media player. Jobs demonstrated some of the information "widgets" planned for Dashboard. Dashboard is a feature that lets user toggle to a display of a range of small applications that can display common information or perform quick tasks. The widgets included a world clock, dictionary, thesaurus, calculator, measurement converter, and flight and stock trackers. Hundreds of third parties also are creating Dashboard widgets, such as an eBay Inc. auction tracker that Jobs displayed. "This has evolved into something we think will be a big hit in Tiger," Jobs said of Dashboard. Discussing Tigers much-anticipated Spotlight search capabilities, Jobs downplayed the raft of other desktop-search tools hitting the market such as those from major search companies like Google Inc., Yahoo Inc. and Microsoft Corp.s MSN unit. Click here to read more about one search startups push into Mac OS X desktop search. Spotlights key difference, Jobs said, is that it is integrated throughout the Mac OS and into applications such as Apple Mail. "Theyre great, but theyre nowhere near as great as Spotlight because when you build it into the core OS, you can do things you cant do with a tool sitting to the side," Jobs said. Editors Note: This story was updated to correct the storage capacity of the iPod mini and the iPod shuffle. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis on Apple in the enterprise.
Along with iMovie, the iLife suite includes iPhoto for digital photo organizing, iDVD for DVD creation, GarageBand for digital audio recording and iTunes for playing digital music.