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1999

posted Mar 27, 2014, 6:30 AM by Dushyanthan Devadoss   [ updated Mar 27, 2014, 6:30 AM ]
In San Francisco, Macworld was opened by HAL9000. Steve Jobs said his business cards finally arrived with "Steve Jobs, iCEO" printed on them. Steve announced a completely new family of desktop Pro products. The current Pro product was the Power Macintosh G3. It was announced in November 1997. They had sold over 1.6 million computers at the current time. This had generated over $3 billion in revenues. They set out four key goals for the next generation of the G3 product: Make the most powerful PC in the entire industry, Give the best graphics in the entire industry, Make the most expandable Macintosh ever, and Have the best design. The new 1999 G3's had 400 MHz using Copper interconnect technology, Cache 200 MHz, and Memory 100 MHz. Steve introduced Phil Schiller to demo the new G3. Steve had a conversation with HAL 9000. The new G3 had ATI Rage 128 graphics with 16 MB Graphics Memory. Steve called Phil back out to demo the new graphics. The 3D Graphics Library would use Open GL. Apple Inc. announced they had licensed Open GL from Silicon Graphics. Steve introduced Rick Belluzzo, Chairman & CEO of Silicon Graphics. The G3 held up to a GB of memory. a 100 GB of disk storage using IBM 36 GB drives, four expansion slots using 64 bit PCI, I/O Ports using industry standards and high-speed serial ports and "plug and play". Ethernet ports meet that standard. A 100 Mbit is built into the motherboard. Gigabit ethernet was available on the G3. Universal Serial Bus also met that standard. Lastly, FireWire met that standard. Steve demoed FireWire. Steve brought out the new Power Macintosh G3 (blue and white). Steve brought out three new Apple Studio Displays to go with the G3. Apple's fifth goal was to deliver an incredible value to their Pro customers. They priced the G3 to start at $1,599. The four models ranged from $1,599 to $2,999. They were available as of January 7, 1999. Steve ran the "Secret Door" and "Open Minded" commercials. Steve gave an update on Mac OS 8.5. Since shipping in October 1998, Apple had sold one million upgrade copies. There were two million copies out on the market in the first 90 days. Steve announced Mac OS X Server. It started off with a Mach kernel. They surrounded it with file service for Macintosh, NetBooting, Apache HTTP Server, WebObjects, and BSD and Java (programming language). Steve demoed Mac OS X Server using 50 iMacs. Apple priced the server at $995 per server. They were shipping it beginning in February 1999. 1,355 new and renewed Mac applications were announced between May 6, 1998 – January 5, 1999. Steve introduced Ben Waldman, General Manager of the Macintosh Business Unit at Microsoft. Ben demoed Internet Explorer for Mac 4.5. He demoed the Mactopia website. Steve introduced John Carmack, Co-Founder of Id Software. John demoed Quake III Arena. Steve announced that Connectix would be releasing their Virtual Game Station which would turn the Mac into a Sony PlayStation. Steve had Phil come back out to demo the software. Steve gave an update on iMac. From August 15-December 31, 1998, Apple shipped 800,000 computers. This made iMac the number one selling computer in America. 32% of iMac's are first-time computer owners. 13% are Wintel converts. 25% of the former Macintosh owners are adding to their Macintosh's. 31% are replacing old Macintosh's. 82% of the first-time computer owners were connected to the internet. 66% got connected on the first day. 44% got connected in less than 15 minutes. 42% had purchased goods over the internet. 39% used Yahoo as their search engine. Sherlock (software) tied with Netscape at 8%, after being out for 90 days. In 1999, Apple was going to up the processor speed on the iMac to 266 MHz, up the drive capacity to a 6 GB drive, reduce the price to $1,199, and "one more thing" was colors. The new colors were blueberry, grape, tangerine, lime, and strawberry. These became available on January 7, 1999.

In Tokyo, Macworld was opened by HAL900. Steve Jobs went over the four key goals for the next generation of the G3 product. Steve introduced Phil Schiller to demo the new G3. Steve called Phil back out to demo the new graphics. Steve demoed FireWire. Steve showed the new Power Macintosh G3 (blue and white). Steve showed the "Look of Love" video. Steve gave an update on iMac. It was the number one computer in Japan. 46% of iMac's in Japan are first-time owners. 16% are Wintel converts. 38% were existing Mac owners. Apple lowered the price of the iMac to 158,00 yen. Steve showed the "Colors" commercial. Over 900 new and renewed Mac applications were in Japanese. Steve invited Ben Waldman to speak about Microsoft's new products. Ben demoed Internet Explorer for Mac 4.5 and Outlook Express 4.5. Ben announced the release of Internet Explorer for Mac 5.0 in the summer of 2000 with Furigana characters. For the next two months, anyone that purchased Microsoft Office would receive a 40% discount. Steve demoed Quake III Arena. Steve announced that Connectix would be releasing their Virtual Game Station by the summer or possibly the fall of that year. Steve had Phil come back out to demo the software. Steve gave an update on Mac OS 8.5. Steve said Apple would be shipping Mac OS X in April in Japan. Steve demoed Mac OS X Server.

In New York, actor Noah Wyle made an appearance during the keynote address, posing as Jobs in a reference to his role in the TV movie Pirates of Silicon Valley.[9] Steve Jobs gave a business update on Apple. Apple had announced a $500 million stock buyback. Apple had reduced its inventory to 15 hours. Mickey Drexler, of Gap Inc. joined Apple's Board of Directors. Steve spoke about QuickTime. Apple used QuickTime to make a Star Wars Episode 1 trailer. In the last few months, it had been downloaded over 23 million times. Apple had downloaded over 400 terabytes. Live Internet Streaming was added to QuickTime 4. There had been over 10 million downloads of the QuickTime Player. Steve announced QuickTime TV. Apple wrote a QuickTime streaming server that was free, no server tax. Apple partnered with Akamai Technologies to become a broadcast network. QuickTime TV had BBC World News, Bloomberg Television, Fox News, Fox Sports, HBO, NPR, The Weather Channel, and WGBH-TV. New content announced was ABC News, ESPN, Rolling Stone, VH1, and Disney. Steve invited Phil Schiller to demonstration QuickTime TV. Steve talked about Mac OS 9. It would ship in October 1999. It had more than 50 new features. Steve called Phil back out to demo Sherlock (software) 2. Mac OS 9 sold for $99. Steve gave an update on iMac. iMac would celebrate its first birthday on August 15, 1999. By the time it was one year old, Apple would have shipped 1.9 million computers. 89% of iMac users were on the internet. 33% were first-time buyers. It also would be the one-year anniversary of Apple adopting Universal Serial Bus. Since iMac was introduced, there had been 3,935 new and renewed Mac apps. Steve introduced Jason Jones (programmer), Co-Founder/Halo Project Lead of Bungie Software. Bungie was later purchased by Microsoft and Halo became an Xbox exclusive. Steve invited Ozzie Osborne, General Manager of IBM Speech Systems, to demo ViaVoice. Steve announced the new consumer portable computer, the iBook. iBook had a 12.1" TFT display, 800x600 resolution, ATI Rage Mobility graphics card with 4MB video memory, 300 MHz G3 processor with 512k backside LZ cache, 24x CD-ROM drive, 32 MB memory, 3.2 GB disk, 56K modem, USB, 10/100 ethernet, Full-size keyboard, and a 6-hour battery life. Steve demoed the iBook. The iBook would sell for $1,599 and would be available in September 1999. Steve showed four TV commercials for iBook. "One more thing", Steve demonstrated the new AirPort (wireless networking). It was a wireless LAN that ran at 11 megabits/sec and was based on industry standards. It was privacy protected with 40-bit data encryption. Steve showed the AirPort Base Station. It came with a 56K modem and 10/100 ethernet. Steve showed the AirPort card. The Base Station's range was up to 150 feet. The AirPort card sold for $99. The Base Station sold for $299. They would ship in September 1999. Steve showed a Base Station TV commercial. Steve demoed the iBook using AirPort. Phil joined Steve to demonstrate wireless networking by jumping into an airbag with an iBook.