The quick reference guide to Apple's keynotes
Macworld Tokyo 1999
Thursday, February 18, 1999
1 hour, 21 minutes
Makuhari Messe
Public & Press
Steve Jobs
A recording from the audience is available on YouTube.
Intro Video
Intro Video
HAL talks to Dave about the Mac
Power Macintosh
Steve Jobs
  • Says he has four things to talk about today, essentially repeating the Macworld San Francisco keynote from last month
  • The next version had 4 goals: most powerful PC in the industry, best 2D and 3D graphics, most expandable, and the best design
  • Has Copper G3 chips running at 400 MHz, and shows benchmarks comparing fastest Pentium chip, old G3 and new G3
  • 4:55
    Power Macintosh
    Phil Schiller
  • It takes a while for Phil to get on stage
  • Does a speed race between the fastest Pentium II computer, a Compaq Pentium II 450 MHz, and the new Power Macintosh G3 400 MHz, running a script in Photoshop to generate a poster and then revert back to blank
  • 9:12
    Power Macintosh
    Steve Jobs
  • Bringing back hardware acceleration to the Power Macintosh G3, using the ATI Rage 128 with 16MB of memory
  • Shows the frames/second of the new Rage 128 against a Pentium II using a Voodoo 2 card
  • 11:50
    Power Macintosh
    Phil Schiller
  • Runs Dark Vengeance on PC vs Mac, with the Mac running 20% faster
  • 14:51
    Power Macintosh
    Steve Jobs
  • Will go with OpenGL for its 3D graphics library integrated into Mac OS
  • The new Power Macintosh G3 supports 1GB of RAM, and 100 GB of storage inside (with three bays capable of running IBM's 36GB hard drive)
  • Wants I/O ports to be industry standards, serial, and plug and play, so the new Power Mac G3 will have gigabit Ethernet, USB and Firewire ports
  • Talks about the history of SCSI from 1987, and how it's outdated
  • Does a demo of how you can plug a video camera into two Power Mac G3s and display the output video in real time
  • Does a demo of a portable 6GB drive powered by Firewire and can easily play a Barenaked Ladies video
  • Shows off the new design of the Power Mac G3, particularly the way you access the insides: "It's called a door"
  • We Made a Video
    We Made a Video
    "The Look of Love": Apple's Phil Schiller, Jony Ive, and Jon Rubenstein, RR Donnelley & Sons' Kevin Hekman, Adobe's Bruce Chizen, ComputerWare's Paul Ramirez, Eidos' Keith Boesky, Id's John Carmack, and Epson's Dan Crane talk about the new Power Macintosh G3
    Steve Jobs
  • From August 15 to December 31, shipped 800,000 iMacs, the #1 selling computer model in the United States
  • 32% of buyers are first time computer owners, 13% are switchers
  • Shares some of the market research they've done on the iMac rollout
  • Ups the processor on iMacs to 266 MHz, the hard drive to 6 GB, and lowers the price to $1199
  • Says the response to the new colors blueberry, grape, tangerine, lime and strawberry has been great
  • We Made an Ad
    We Made an Ad
    Third-Party Software
    Steve Jobs
  • 1,355 is an important number to Apple, it's the number of new and renewed Mac applications announced since the iMac unveil; 900 are in Japanese
  • Third Party Demo
    Third Party Demo
    Microsoft's Ben Waldman
    Internet Explorer 4.5 & Outlook Express 4.5
    Ben Waldman speaks his opening remarks in Japanese!
    Technical Difficulties
    IE 4.5 crashes with an out-of-memory error
  • Supposes the prior management of Apple didn't like games, but they now want to try to be the best gaming platform in the world
  • Lists off some games coming to the Mac within the next 120 days: Tomb Raider III, SimCity 3000, Fly!, Rainbow Six, Imperialism II, Starcraft, Heretic II, Battle Zone, Quest for Glory V, Age of Empires, Myst II, and Quake
  • Speaks about John Carmack's demo of Quake Arena, and plays a recording of the game
  • Shows a picture of the Sony PlayStation to big applause. Then shows Connectix' Virtual Game Station, a PlayStation emulator for Macintosh
  • 1:04:34
    Third-Party Software
    Phil Schiller
  • Plays Grand Turismo on a Macintosh
  • 1:06:17
    Mac OS
    Steve Jobs
  • Does a quick recap on Mac OS 8.5 and Mac OS X Server
  • Does a demo, with a $4999 PowerMac G3 configured as a server, and a client iMac with its hard drive removed
  • Shows off a "classroom" of 49 iMacs in a 7 x 7 structure, and attempts to get them all to request video for the server
  • Technical Difficulties
    The wall of iMacs do not work for several minutes