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If you’re wondering why Mac writers get twitchy when Apple goes quiet for a few months, last week’s deluge of product announcements provides the answer. At a special press event on Tuesday, Apple CEO Steve Jobs released new aluminum iMacs along with iLife ’08 (including a completely new iMovie application) and iWork ’08, now supplemented by Apple’s new spreadsheet application Numbers. That would be enough for most companies, but Apple also upgraded the Mac mini and the AirPort Extreme Base Station, and rolled out bug-fix and compatibility updates for the new iMac, the new aluminum Apple Keyboard, Mac Pro desktops and the latest MacBook Pro models. Also this week, Charles Maurer notes a new direction for Asiva photo editing plug-ins and Glenn Fleishman points to increased storage for Google services plus troubles for KisMAC due to a new German law.

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Hardware-Related Updates Follow Apple Announcements

Not long after Steve Jobs left the stage at last week's Apple press event, a succession of small hardware updates began to pop up, some of which applied to the brand-new machines themselves. Affected machines include the new iMac, the new aluminum Apple Keyboard, the Mac Pro, and the latest MacBook Pro models.