There have been rumors of an Apple branded web browser ever since Apple hired David Hyatt, the former Netscape employee who created the Chimera project (which is the Mac OS X equivalent of Phoenix, and its predecessor). But as it turns out, Apple's new browser, called Safari, is based on Konqueror's KHTML engine, not on Mozilla's Gecko engine.
Apple is emphasizing the speed of their new browser, which they claim far outperforms the glacial Mac versions of IE and Mozilla, and even edges out Chimera. Indeed, Safari is the antithesis of Mozilla, and makes even lightwight browsers look complicated: it is a heavily simplified browser with four toolbar buttons, a Google search field, a "snapback" button that takes you to the top level of a site, and little else (the progress bar is the background of the URL field, and there is no status line). The browser incorporates some Jaguar features, for example it creates a bookmark folder with the homepages from all the people in your address book, and it uses Rendezvous (Apple's open-source implementation of ZeroConf) to find configuration pages for your network devices. It also retains some essential Konqueror features like pop-up blocking, basic cookie management, an option for custom stylesheets, and good standards support. Safari (currently in public beta) is a 3MB download available now.
Apple also unveiled a $99 commercial presentation app called Keynote (which CEO Steve Jobs revealed he had been using to make his 2002 keynote slideshows) featuring all the usual alignment, theme, table and chart options, as well as Quartz rendering and some 3D transitions through OpenGL. Keynote can read and write PowerPoint applications, making it the second app revealed today to supplant a MS product on Mac OS X. This will no doubt further fuel rumors of an AppleWorks 7 with compatibility with Office file formats, as Word and Excel are now the only MS products Apple isn't competing with.
They also announced revisions to iMovie and iPhoto, bringing them up to versions 3 and 2, respectively. The new versions emphasize integration, for example you can browse through your iTunes playlists to find a song for the soundtrack to your iMovie. Contrary to rumors, iPhoto remains free, and iMovie, which used to be commercial, is now free (as in beer). iDVD, which used to be free for people who had an Apple DVD-R drive, is now only available on DVD-ROM (to hold all the included themes) for $49, and is bundled with a CD-ROM with iTunes, iPhoto, and iMovie in a boxed retail product Apple is calling iLife. As always, the new versions will be bundled with all new Macs.
On the hardware side, Apple released a huge 17" PowerBook, and a tiny 12" PowerBook that is smaller than even Apple's old Duo notebooks at 10.9"x8.6"x1.18". They also announced 802.11g wireless networking products (the 802.11b backwards-compatible format with 54Mbps speed): new cards and base stations branded as AirPort Extreme. The big model has a 17" screen with 1440x900 resolution, a 1GHz G4 processor, 512Mb of PC2700 RAM, a 60GB hard drive, a DVD-R/CD-RW optical drive, and a GeForce4 440 Go 64MB graphics card, for USD$3,299. The small model has a 12.1" screen at 1024x768, a 867Mhz G4, 256MB of PC2100, a 40GB drive, a DVD-ROM/CR-RW, and a GeForce4 420 Go 32MB card.