As many of us were expecting before the Apple event today, the company has announced Mac OS X Lion, iLife 11 and ‘one more thing…’ MacBook Air. The event started with Steve Jobs presentation, where he talked about the upcoming products.
Here’s what Apple announced in today’s Apple Event -
Mac OS X Lion:
Apple’s next Mac OS X version 10.7 i.e. Mac OS X Lion is now scheduled to release in Summer 2011. In today’s event, Apple team revealed some of the new features of the new OS such as Mac App Store, LaunchPad, Mission Control, Full Screen Apps, iLife 11 and FaceTime support.
iLife 11 for Mac will be free for new Mac users, but existing Mac users will have to pay $49 to upgrade the older version. For more details, read here.
Apple has now officially launched two different models of MacBook Air i.e. 11.6” MacBook Air and 13.3” MacBook Air. The new model price begins with $999, and you can spend $1599 to get finest model in this series. Details below.
- 11.6-inch, 64GB – $999
- 11.6-inch, 128GB – $1199
- 13.3-inch, 128GB – $1299
- 13.3-inch, 256GB – $1599
Both these models will have full keyboard, full touchpad, Core 2 Duo processor and NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics support. More details here.
Editor’s Note on Apple’s event –
Well, I think Apple has done great amount of work on Mac OS X Lion. The integration of Mac OS X in iPad sounds interesting, but I believe it will affect the battery life of the device.
As far as new MacBook Air is concerned, Apple seems to have just worked on the design of these new products. For $999, you’d get a ‘netbook’ that has core 2 duo processor and less memory. I’m pretty much sure that the new MacBook Air will not get much response from Apple product users. Apple should have considered low price structure for MacBook Air models, but that’s how Apple works!
Anyway, I’m very much interested to get my hands on the upcoming Mac OS X Lion and Mac App Store. I hope it will change the way we look at the Mac OS.
Update: Mac OS X Lion is now up for developer preview.