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Apple shines at Macworld, even with MVP Jobs benched

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Finally, Apple wowed the crowd by introducing video tutorials in its GarageBand audio recording, editing, and production suite. Budding Bonos can sample nine simple lessons for guitar and piano, and progress by downloading one-on-one sessions with stars such as Sting, John Fogerty, Ben Folds, Norah Jones, and Sarah McLachlan for $4.99 apiece.

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The iLife '09 suite of applications, which also includes iWeb publishing and iDVD video exporting software, ships with new Macs and will be available by the end of January as a $79 upgrade.

Macbook Pro

The flagship of Apple's portable computer line, the 17-inch Macbook Pro, joined its smaller cousins today in making the leap to what the company calls a precision aluminum unibody enclosure that the company claims is both stronger and better for the environment. That move was expected, but what made waves was the announcement that the new workhorse would include a battery that was larger and more efficient, but can no longer be removed by users. Appleinsider has more:

Apple said it uses advanced chemistry, intelligent monitoring of the system and battery, and Adaptive Charging technology to create a revolutionary new notebook battery that delivers up to eight hours of wireless productivity on a single charge and up to 1,000 recharges without adding thickness, weight or cost to the MacBook Pro's design. The longer battery lifespan equals fewer depleted batteries and less waste, which is better for the environment, the company said.

Investor reaction

Despite positive reaction from conference attendees, Apple's stock price fell over 3 percent after the presentation, but looked set to recover most of that in afternoon trading.

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