Apple releases Lion & others into the wild
Today, Apple has released OSX Lion, refreshed products, and removed macbooks from its sleek lineup.
Here’s a brief rundown of the Apple news today.
The new mac operating system. Top new features include:
- Multi-touch gestures
- Full-screen apps
- Mission control
- AutoSave and versions
- New Mail app
More about OSX Lion: http://apple.com/macosx/
Apple’s thinnest notebook, the Macbook Air, has been refreshed with a few much-needed enhancements. It’s still available in two sizes 11.6″ & 13.3″ (diagonal). Here are the big enhancements:
- Both sizes come with Intel’s Core i5 sandybridge processor and are upgradeable to the i7 processor when ordering through the Apple Online Store.
- Backlit keyboard returns! The backlit keyboard that has been a prominent feature of the Macbook Pros was once in the Macbook Air when it was first released. It’s back.
I’ve been in the market for the Macbook Air, and both of these updates are really exciting to me. I have a Macbook Pro at work and at home, and the backlit keyboard is awesome!
More about the Macbook Air: http://apple.com/macbookair/
The Mac Mini is a sweet little mac computer you can connect to any monitor or HD TV. It’s been upgraded with the Intel Core i5 sandybridge processor (upgradeable to Core i7) and added the new Thunderbolt port for connecting to Thunderbolt display or peripherals. The optical SuperDrive (CD/DVD) has been removed.
More about the Mac Mini: http://apple.com/macmini/
This is the new Cinema Display. It’s only available in 27″ size for $999. I think it’s the same as it’s predecessor, but now carries the “Thunderbolt” port. In addition to the new Thunderbolt port, it has three USB 2.0, FireWire 800, gigabit ethernet, and security slot.
More about Thunderbolt Display: http://apple.com/displays/
No more Macbooks, just Pros
Apple has apparently removed the regular Macbook notebooks from its lineup. They do not appear on Apple’s website. Remember, these are the plastic notebooks that came in white and black, then just white? Well, they are no more. I guess they’re leaving it to the Pros (Macbook Pros, that is).