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Air, Lion and FaceTime
The latest Apple event was labeled by some on Twitter as the most boring since 2006, but I don't think so. It did not set the boring record. Just remember last year's iPod announcement without any sparkle or surprise. This year was different. I will start with the new MacBook Air.
One more thing
New MacBook Air is not a great leap forward in comparison with its predecessor. You will understand it yourself if I enumerate all changes, additions and peculiarities:
As a user of all Air incarnations I am enthusiastic about 11″ model. This netbook with an Apple logo aims at those who cannot understand iPad, but are comfortable with laptops and need a proper keypad. I am worried by two things – hopefully new Air will not heat up and work agonizingly slow. This summer Air was impossible to use.
Pricing is an interesting issue. New models fit in between MacBook and MacBook Pro 13 and should be popular among people who carry laptops around and do not need high performance. Some require nice looking typewriters. The smaller Air costs from $999 to $1,199 (depending on memory size). 13″ model fetches from $1,299 to 1,599 (depending on memory size and processor). Prices are wonderful as the smallest and very cute Air now costs only $999. It must be a new experiment to probe which laptops are more popular – with 11″or 13″. In other words, is it worth venturing into a netbook market?
It looks that we should not use this label for a unibody with high a quality keypad, the most convenient OS, Intel Core Duo processor (instead of Atom) and other features. But we have already seen Sony VAIO X and other pricey netbooks. Everything is cool, but slow! May be the new Air will break the stereotype? We will know soon for sure. The model has already hit the shelves and we expect first samples in Russia.
It is logical that Mac OS should get a separate FaceTime version different from that of iPhone 4 or iPod Touch. At the presentation we could see a fast and simple demo. It is a true rival for Skype, because you do not have to configure anything and as far as I understand the beta version is already available. I enjoy FaceTime on iPhone 4 and I hope to get a similarly pleasant experience on Mac. Whether the version for Windows will be available as well remains to be seen.
I will cover this software suite in the near future and see no point in discussing it right now.
Mac OS X Lion
A separate article will be needed here too, because you cannot enumerate everything quickly. The main features covered at the presentation are the following:
Let's wait and see what we get in Lion around the summer of 2011, when the OS should be launched. As far as I understood Mac store will start in 90 days.
The announcement was interesting and new smaller Air will be selling like hot cakes and if the first owners do not cry about heat, noise and slow performance this laptop (netbook!) will have bright future. FaceTime for Mac is great, while users of iLife'9 will benefit from an upgrade to '11, because, for example, I don't like iPhoto, but use iMovie on a daily basis and would like to test the new version. As to Mac OS X Lion it is too early to say and we should wait for the next summer.
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Published 21 October 2010
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