We got a chance to talk directly to Steve and his crew during a Q&A session at the end of the presentation. Here are some insights to the new MacBooks as well as some other burning questions the group had for him:
Q: What is the status of 17-inch MacBook Pro?
A: The 17-inch MacBook Pro is still available, and is in the process of being refreshed.
Q: Will there be an option for matte screens or are you going with glass screens all the way?
A: Glass all the way. We ran into hesitation with iMacs, but it's just so much better. It's like night and day.
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Q: What about Blu-ray compatibility?
A: "Blu-ray is a bag of hurt," Steve said. Unfortunately, licensing of Blu-ray technology is complex, and Apple is just waiting for Blu-ray to take off in the marketplace and lower cost of drives. Solution is iTunes HD.
Q: Is the new Nvidia graphics card exclusively yours?
A: Apple is the first to take it to market.
Q: Weight differences in the new MacBooks and MacBook Pros?
A: The new MacBook is 4.5lbs, and the MacBook Pro is 5.5lbs.
Q: Will there be any Netbooks on the market soon?
A: We'll see how it goes.
Q: Did Apple design the motherboard for these products in-house?
A: All in-house. It's pretty high-tech stuff.
Q: In regards to the new touchpad: Do touchscreens not make sense on laptops?
A: We've experimented with it, but so far it hasn't made a whole lot of sense for us to have a touchscreen on a laptop.