After all the focus on iOS, the iPhone and the iPod and iTunes Apple zeroed on Mac its ‘Back to the Mac’ event in California today,unveiling several new products like – The New MacBook Air, Mac OS X Lion, App Store for Mac, FaceTime for Mac and iPhoto 11.
We knew this was round the corner and did reported what is expected from the event, here.
Let’s have a look at all the products one by one.
1. The New MacBook Air – Two new models were launched an 11.6-inch entry model and a 13.3-inch model. Pricing for the 13.3-inch model will start at $1,299, compared to just $999 for the 11.6-inch MacBook Air.
Here is the technical specifications –
1. Intel Core 2 Duo CPU
2. Nvidia GeForce 320m GPU
3. Solid state storage
4. 2GB DDR3 memory (expandable to 4GB)
5. Instant-on capabilities
6. FaceTime Camera (formerly iSight)
7. 802.11n Wi-Fi
8. 30 days of standby battery life
2. Mac OS X Lion – Mac OS X Lion,i.e. new version Mac OS X 10.7 Lion will now have multi-touch capabilities like iOS, with the help of devices like Apple Magic Trackpad and the Magic Mouse. Now swipe and gestures will not be alien to Mac OS. Mission Control a terminal will consolidate all the movements.
3. App Store for Mac – Mac OS X 10.7 Lion apart from having multi-touch capabilities like iOS Apple is more than willing to add many of the best features of iOS into Mac. App Store for Mac is one of them , after its stupendous success in iOS boasting more than 7 billion downloads in less than two years. The reason behind the huge success is to discover apps, easy to update apps and easy to get apps on all your iOS devices.
So this move from Apple was inevitable for Mac machines – developers will receive the same 70/30 split with Apple for their commercial apps. Mac OS X 10.7 Lion is expected to be released in the Summer of 2011. However applications submissions will start in November.
4. FaceTime for Mac – Apple now has FaceTime for Mac too, which will allow you to make video calls not just to other Mac machines but to FaceTime enabled iPhone4 and iPod touch users too which are around 4 million in numbers. Moreover you can download the beta version right now. Here is the download link. The feature is handy click on any contact and it instantly makes a FaceTime call, change the video in landscape or portrait mode.
5. iPhoto 11 – One of the significant part of iLife suite, iPhoto got more impressive which will now feature full-screen modes for photos, faces and places, more album themes and the ability to order more types of printed goods, better integration with Facebook, side-show themes, send HTML e-mails of your photos, sharing info panel, view your albums in a Delicious Library-esque shelf system, create letterpress cards.
iPhoto ‘11 is part of the iLife ‘11 suite, which will be available for free for all new Macs and available to existing Mac owners for $49.
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