Apple held its big Back to the Mac event this week, showing previews of software and hardware to come.On the hardware side, it has a new, aluminum body MacBook Air. Weighs less than three pounds and boasts up to 30 hours of standby time, five to seven hours of actual use. It comes in two sizes: 13.3 inches and 11.6, which teeters right on the brink of netbook territory, a category of computers CEO Steve Jobs dumped on just a few months ago. Both of these new models also lose traditional spinning hard drives; they use solid-state flash memory for instant-on capability.Even if they skirt the netbook neighborhood in size, though, they aren’t quite nearby in price. The cheapest new Air goes for US$999.On top of that, there was the introduction of a new edition of iLife, with new features in iPhoto, GarageBand and iMovie. FaceTime has also grown onto the Mac platform as a beta release. And we saw a preview of OS X Lion, the operating system upgrade due out next summer. Jobs described it as “Mac OS X meets the iPad.”One of the more interesting additions to OS X is the creation of a Mac App Store,… Read full this story
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