The new 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch MacBook Airs break some silicon ground internally with flash memory, but leave most of the wow factor to their extreme thinness.
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Steve Jobs introduces new, thinner and lighter versions of the ultraportable, while previewing a new version of Mac OS X due next summer and showing off the latest iLife.
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Setup is dead simple -- enter your MobileMe or Apple ID, or sign up for one if you don't have it. Sign in and you're ready to go. Your email address is your service locator, that's how folks will find you.
There's no resolution settings, no tweaking to do -- considering that most of your chat partners are on iOS devices, that makes perfect sense.
When your contact list comes up (pulled from Address Book), just start typing a name and the list will scroll to the contact. Double-click to call. You can add favorites to distinguish between iPhones and desktop FaceTime setups.
Josh noted that you can also start a call from Mac OS X via URLs like facetime://appleid or facetime://email@address or facetime://phone# -- just put them in Safari's address bar.
In the Preferences, you can add secondary email addresses that callers use to locate you; you'll have to validate those before they're active. The beta status of the app is evident in some text corruption in those fields, but video and audio seem smooth. You can quickly switch from portrait to landscape, but that's about it.
Click through to the rest of the post to see a quick screencast demo call with Megan.
Apple announced two new flavors of the MacBook Air today, starting at $999 for a 64GB Air that has no hard drive or optical drive. The $999 MacBook Air has an 11.6-inch screen while a 13.3-inch Air, starting at $1299, will start at 128GB flash storage.
Both MacBook Airs have unibody construction with the SSD chips placed directly on the logic board. The 11-inch MacBook Air will have up to 5 hours of battery life, the 13-inch will have 7 hours. Both will last up to 30 days in standby mode.
The 13-inch MacBook Air has a 1.86 GHz Core 2 Duo processor (upgradeable to 2.13 GHz),
2GB of 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM (upgradeable to 4GB) and a NVIDIA GeForce 320m graphics card with 1440x900 screen resolution and up to 256GB flash storage.
The 11-inch MacBook Air has a 1.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor (can upgrade to 1.6 GHz processor), 2GB of 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM (upgradeable to 4GB) and
NVIDIA GeForce 320m graphics card with 1366x768 screen resolution and up to 128GB flash storage
The new MacBook Air is available today.
MacBook Air refresh features SSD storage, smaller sibling originally appeared on TUAW on Wed, 20 Oct 2010 14:40:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Apple today has announced a Mac App Store based upon their popular iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad App Stores. The Mac App Store will offer one-click download of Mac apps, auto-installation, auto-updates, a 70/30 split for developers, and all the apps you buy are licensed for use on all your personal Macs.
A Mac App Store is something that has been suggested in the past by press and readers alike, but few thought one would ever materialize. It will be interesting to see how Mac developers respond to this and if any major developers (like Adobe, Microsoft, etc.) join in. The Mac App Store will be a stand alone app available for Snow Leopard and Lion. Application submissions start in November and the store opens 90 days from today.
Steve Jobs has just announced the eighth iteration of OS X, dubbed Lion, complete with a monumental new feature, the Mac App Store. Other changes are still pouring in, such as improvements to syncing, full screen app displays, auto-updates, Mission Control (a combination of Spaces and Expose), gestures and more.
Read more about OS X Lion on Apple's site here.
Updates: Lion will be available summer 2011. The Mac App Store will be available in 90 days.
iLife features overhauls of iPhoto, iMovie and Garageband. Missing from any mention at the "Back to the Mac" event is the fate of iWeb and iDVD. They appeared in the row of icons, but no new features were announced. Apple's iLife site has not updated yet, and the Apple Store is still down, but as soon as we get more information we'll let you know!
- Full screen browsing of all Events, Albums, Maps, and pretty much everything else.
- "Smart" slideshows that use your location information from Places to create dynamic shows that use maps from places you've been.
- Floating menus that allow for operation of the entire app from the full screen mode.
- Deep Facebook and Flickr integration that syncs all of your photos both ways, regardless of whether or not they were added by iPhoto.
- A new email template feature that creates some stunning HTML email galleries of your photos.
All of this is wrapped in a gorgeous iOS-styled interface (look at the bottom navigation bar)! More to come in the near future.
iPhoto '11 brings huge updates to printing, full screen, Facebook sharing originally appeared on TUAW on Wed, 20 Oct 2010 13:27:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Apple today unveiled the all-new MacBook Air, the first of the next generation of notebooks that will replace mechanical hard disks and optical drives with Internet services and solid-state flash storage. Available in 11-inch and 13-inch models and weighing as little as 2.3 pounds, the MacBook Air is Apple’s lightest, most mobile notebook ever. MacBook Air uses the same solid state storage technology as iPad to deliver instant-on responsiveness, up to seven hours of battery life, and up to 30 days of standby time. Starting at $999, the MacBook Air is available now on the Apple Store and at your favorite Apple Retail Store.
Apple introduced iLife ’11, a major upgrade that gives Mac users even more great ways to create and share photos, movies, and music. iPhoto ’11 has a whole new look, with stunning full-screen modes for Faces, Places, and Events. iMovie ’11 makes it easier than ever to edit videos and quickly transform them into fun theatrical trailers for easy posting online. GarageBand ’11 introduces new ways to improve your playing and create great sounding songs with Flex Time and Groove Matching. Free with every new Mac, iLife ’11 is available immediately as a $49 upgrade for existing users.