Here's a quick rundown of what Apple announced at their "Back to the Mac" event:
- Includes updated iPhoto, iMovie, Garage Band, Learn to Play music instrument lessons.
- Apple's video calling app is brought to OSX to further expand the audience. Requires OSX 10.6. No word on bringing it to other OS or platforms such as windoze or Linux.
- OSX Lion will be adding a Mac App Store, it looks like a move towards a more closed platform. :-/ They said apps could still be installed that were not from the App Store such as from the web, CD/DVD, etc. But the direction Apple is headed is worrying, especially if they want to try to approve/control what apps you can install on your computer!
- More features from iOS are planned to be brought to OSX Lion (multi-touch, gestures, flick, etc.).
- 'Mission Control' was demoed; combines Spaces, Expose, gestures. It looks like the iPad interface.
- OSX Lion shipping date is planned to be ready by Summer 2011. (Probably in time for WWDC 2011)
New MacBook Airs:
- Using the knowledge obtained by creating the iPad, they made the MacBook Air thinner, smaller, faster, and have better battery life. They say, "What would happen if a MacBook Air met an iPad?"
- 13.3 inch LED backlit display, 1400x900 resolution pixels and 11.6 inch 1366 x 768 resolution pixels.
- 11.6 inch MacBook Air with 64 GB flash storage available for $999, or 128 GB for $1,199, available today.
- 13.3 inch MacBook Air with 128 GB flash storage available for $1,299, or 256 GB for $1,599, available today.
- More details on Apple's site.
In my opinion Apple set the prices of the new MacBook Airs much more affordably compared to the previous MacBook Air because they're competing with netbooks.