Lion OS

+Thunderbolt –Optical Drive = New Mac mini

 

Mac mini
Mac mini

Apple today launched new version of Mac mini desktop with Thunderbolt support. This is in line with other new hardware launched today that support Thunderbolt

Other than Thunderbolt, new Mac mini also come installed with faster new processors, graphic cards and Mac OS X Lion. The Thunderbolt on Mac mini replaces the mini display port. Mac mini retains the size and form factor of the previous generation of Mac minis but one striking change to the exterior is the omission of optical drive.

Apple has made notable changes in the models available. Or one could put it as Apple has gone back to the original price point and two model option similar to what it was before the current generation of Mac minis. Mac minis are now available in two versions. The entry level Mac mini with 2 GB RAM, 2.3GHz dual core Intel i5 chip, 500GB Hard disk drive and Intel HD graphics 3000 processor with 288 MB of DDR3 SDRAM is priced £529 ($599). The other Mac mini comes with 4 GB RAM, 2.5GHz dual core Intel i5 chip, 500 GB Hard drive and has a superior AMD Radeon HD 6630M processor with 256 MB of GDDR5 memory and is priced at £699 ($799)

There is also the Mac mini server version available which is made of 4GB RAM, 2.0GHz quad core Intel i7 chip, dual 500GB 7200rpm hard drives, Intel HD graphics 3000 and is priced at £849 ($999)

By removing the optical drives from Mac mini, Apple seems to have made clear about their stand on optical drives. They seem convinced that the future for optical drives is not long and that the App store is the way forward and that is what they want to go with.

 

Mac OS X Lion launched on Mac App Store

Mac OS X 10.7 Lion

Today, 20 July 2011 is a historic day in the world of desktop operating systems(OS). Apple today announced the launch of their new OS called Mac OS X Lion (Mac OS X 10.7) on their Mac Appstore. It is the first time that an OS is made available to upgrade straight from the net without use of external device.

The OS is currently only available for download on the Appstore for £20.99 ($29.99). The other interesting thing about this distribution is that since it is distributed through the Mac Appstore is falls under the Appstore policy through which one purchase can be installed on up to 5 devices owned by you. This makes the cost of OS @ £4.20 ($6) per machine

Apple claims to have more than 250 new features, including Multi-touch gestures, full screen apps, iOS (iPad, iPhone) like home screen, Mission control to give you bird’s eye view of all open apps, launchpad, Resume, autosave, version control, Air drop etc to name a few.

OS X Lion requires a Mac notebook or desktop with Intel Core 2 Duo, Core i3, Core i5, Core i7 or Xeon processor, snow leopard 10.6.6 (Preferably 10.6.8), at least 2GB RAM and minimum free hard drive space of 8GB.

 

New MacBook Airs Launched with Sandy Bridge processors, Thunderbolt and backlit keyboard

 

Sandy Bridge MacBook Air
MacBook Air

Apple today revamped its MacBook Air line of notebooks by adding Sandy Bridge processors, Thunderbolt port and the much awaited backlit keyboard as standard feature for the entire range of MacBook Air. The MacBook Airs also come pre-installed with Mac OS X Lion

Apple has retained the shape and two sizes that were introduced with previous generation of MacBook Airs. Both the 11.6” and 13.3” model now come with Intel dual-core i5 processors as default with a configuration option of i7 for both models. Out of the two 11.6” models, only the one with 128GB hard drive is configurable to i7. In terms of specs, the high end 11.6” inch and the low end 13.3” are almost identical in specs with the screen size and additional SD slot in 13.3” model being the only two differences.

Of the two 11.6” models the lower end(entry level) which costs £849 ($999) consists of 1.6 GHz dual core Intel i5 processor, 2GB DDR3 memory, 64 GB flash storage, Intel HD Graphics 3000 processor with 256MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory. The high end 11.6” model which costs £999 ($1,199) comes with 1.6 GHz dual core Intel i5 processor, 4GB DDR3 memory, 128 GB flash storage, Intel HD Graphics 3000 processor with 384MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory. Both the models are said to have a battery life of 5 hours.

Of the two 13.3” models the lower end which costs £1,099 ($1,299) consists of 1.7 GHz dual core Intel i5 processor, 4GB DDR3 memory, 128 GB flash storage, Intel HD Graphics 3000 processor with 384MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory. The high end 13.3” model which costs £1,349 ($1,599) comes with 1.7 GHz dual core Intel i5 processor, 4GB DDR3 memory, 256 GB flash storage, Intel HD Graphics 3000 processor with 384MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory. Both the models are said to have a battery life of 7 hours.

 

key points from Apple Event on 20th October 2010


Key points from Apple Event on 20th October 2010

In the event organised at the Apple HQ in Cupertino at 10 AM Pacific Time, Apple made few announcements about new products and dropping few hints about their strategy going forward. This article is only to quickly sum up the key points from the Key note presentation by Steve Jobs.

Apple tried to defend its Mac business plan by throwing in a few numbers about Mac and trying to convince that in contrast to popular belief Apple is actually very much in control of the Mac platform and has no plans to discontinue it in the near future.

State of Mac

13.7 Million Macs sold in FY2010
22 Billion Mac revenue for FY 2010
33% of Apple’s Revenue is Mac
20.7% US Consumer market share (i.e 1 in 5 PCs sold)
600000 Registered Mac Developers (growing at 30K per month)
Mac is #1  seventh year in a row and Consumer reports #! In last decade
50% of Mac buyers are first time buyers

New Products unveiled.

iLife '11

iLife '11

iLife ‘11  (iPhoto ’11, iMovie ’11, GarageBand ’11)

USD 49, GBP45

iPhoto ‘11

New Full screen modes (Similar to iOS devices)
Facebook enhancements (Direct upload on FaceBook from within iPhoto, Can also see comments from within iPhoto)
Emailing photos (Email directly from iPhoto without leaving the application)
New Slideshows
Big leap in books (New book formats, Easy to manage)
Letterpress Cards

iPhoto '11
iPhoto '11

Full Screen facess view
Full screen places view

iMovie ‘11

All new Audio editing (you can now adjust the pitch of audio in each clip)

One step effects (Instant replay)
People finder (face detection similar to iPhoto now in iMovie)
New and sports themes
Movie trailers (Preset trailers for drag and drop trailer creation of your videos)

GarageBand’11

iMovie '11
iMovie '11

Flex Time (You can set the time of a note as required)
Groove Matching (Select a main groove

and match everything based on the main groove)
More guitar amps and effects

New piano and guitar lessons
“How Did I Play?” (Similar to Rock band but only less fun!)

FaceTime

19 million iOS devices already using FaceTime

GarageBand '11
GarageBand '11

FaceTime now available on Mac

Preview of New OS – Lion (Expected in Summer ’2011)

Back to the Mac (Mac was tweaked to create iOS. Now best bits of iOS are brought back to Mac)
Multi-touch gestures (using trackpad or Magic mouse)
Mac App Store (Similar to the Apps store for iOS platform)
App Home Screens (Similar to iOS Devices)
Full screen Apps (Similar to iOS Devices)
Auto save (Similar to iOS Devices)
Apps resume when launched (Similar to iOS Devices)

Mac App Store (Expected to be launched within 90 days)

Best place to discover apps
One click downloads (No license or agreement required)
Free & Paid apps (70/30 split)
Automatic installation (Similar to iOS Devices)
Automatic app updates (Similar to iOS Devices)
Apps licensed for use on all your personal Macs
Mission Control = Expose + Full screen apps + dashboard + Spaces. (it creates a stack of similar apps window that are open and allows you to navigate between open apps quicker)

One More thing…

Macbook Air

Unibody

MacBook Air 2010
MacBook Air 2010

0.68 inches at the thickest point
0.11 inches at thinest point
No Optical Drive
No Hard Drive
Flash storage – benefits
Instant on
Up to 2x faster
More Reliable
90% smaller and lighter

1) MacBook Air 13.3 inch

13.3 inch LED backlit display

MacBook Air 2010
MacBook Air 2010

1440 x 900 pixels
Core 2 duo processsor
NVIDIA GeForce 320m
Full size Keyboard
Multi-touch trackpad
FaceTime Camera
Battery life
Wireless Web 7 hours
Standby 30 days
USD1299-USD1599, GBP849-GBP999

2) MacBook Air 11.6 inch

11.6 inch LED backlit display

MacBook Air 2010
MacBook Air 2010

1366 x 768 pixels
Core 2 duo processsor
NVIDIA GeForce 320m
Full size Keyboard
Multi-touch trackpad
FaceTime Camera
Battery life
Wireless Web 5 hours
Standby 30 days
USD999-USD1199, GBP1099-GBP1349

MacBook Air 2010
MacBook Air 2010