Ah Apple, love em or hate them you can’t ignore them, and today Apple made a team of updates all at once. Mac OS X Lionfinally got released for the bargain price of £20.99, Apple unleashed new MacBook Airs and Mac Mini updates, stopped selling the white MacBook, released a new 64-bit capable version of iTunes for Lion, and released new Cinema Display. Toadd to that Apple have record revenue, Apple is one tasty fruit to bite off at the moment.
I’m writing this blog using Mac OSX Lion, so that says something I suppose, the OS is very smooth for a release version, don’t get me wrong, Apple have prepared very highly for this release, its got its own version of Safari andiTunes, a heap of iLife updates were released recently that amongst other things fixed bugs on Lion, all supporting the full screen mode of course, so Lion is a solid update right?
Well, you could say that, I mean, I have no real problems so far. I got a notification saying that Camouflage wasn’t compatible with Lion, which is odd because it still works after clicking out that warning. The OS itself does feel very smooth, been playing around with a few of the visible updates and yes, there isn’t many, but its twenty quid for godsake. But both my Macs have been performing better since the update, so what can I say eh!
It may seem unrelated but Adobe Flash performs far better on my lower spec MacBook than it did in Snow Leopard and that could be due to new frameworks and codecs in Lion which Adobe blamed for Adobe Flash “issues”.
But this isn’t a review, just a first impression, and my first impressions are, go for it, its smooth, no problems to note, although scrolling might be a shock at first, but if you’re old fashioned you can toggle it back to normal in System Preferences.
Apple today also announced an update to the MacBook Air line, and quite a solid update it is too, now starting at $999 (£849) just like the white MacBook, which … hang on a minute, where’s it gone? Yep, the MacBook Air now replaces the white MacBook, but hey, its still a pretty fast machine, minus the Firewire and SuperDrive. The 13 inch model of the MacBook Air now standard with 4GB of memory!
Here’s what they’ve got to offer you.
As you know Apple offer two MacBook Air models in two screen sizes of 11 and 13 inch, here’s what they’ve got to offer you;
11 Inch Model;
Apple MacBook Air 11 inch comes with a FaceTime HD Camera, Thunderbold I/O with support for dual display and video mirroring with video out to 2560×1600. Includes 2 USB Ports, 1 ThunderBolt Port, Magsafe and Audio In/Out port.
Base Model = 1.6GHz (dual-core) Intel Core i5. 2GB RAM, 64GB Flash memory, Intel HD Graphics with 256MB shared
Top Model = 1.6GHz (dual-core) Intel Core i5. 4GB RAM, 128GB Flash memory, Intel HD Graphics with 384MB shared
Upgrade Options = 1.8GHz (dual-core) Intel Core i7. 256GB Flash memory.
13 inch Model;
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch comes with a FaceTime HD Camera, Thunderbold I/O with support for dual display and video mirroring with video out to 2560×1600. Includes 2 USB Ports, 1 ThunderBolt Port, Magsafe and Audio In/Out port as well as an SD Card slot.
Base Model = 1.7GHz (dual-core) Intel Core i5. 4GB RAM, 128GB Flash memory, Intel HD Graphics with 384MB shared
Top Model = 1.7GHz (dual-core) Intel Core i5. 4GB RAM, 256GB Flash memory, Intel HD Graphics with 384MB shared
Upgrade Options = 1.8GHz (dual-core) Intel Core i7.
The new Mac Mini update makes the mini desktop tower as it were twice as powerful with the new Sandi Bridge processors and features the all new ThunderBold I/O. The Mac Mini Server also ships with Mac OS X Lion Server. TheMac Mini also features an array of I/O including a Power Port, Gigabit Ethernet, FireWire 800, HDMI, ThunderBolt, 4 USB, SD Card Slot, Audio in and out ports.
The Mac Mini comes in three stock models, the base model, a second higher end model and a server configuration. Here’s what each option has to offer.
Base Model = 2.3GHz (dual-core) Intel Core i5. 2GB RAM, 500GB 5200rpm HDD, Intel HD Graphics with 288MB shared
Top Model = 2.5Ghz (dual-core) Intel Core i5. 4GB RAM, 500GB 5200rpm HDD, ATI Radeon HD 6630M with 256MB graphics
Upgrade Options = 2.7GHz (dual-core) Intel Core i7. 8GB RAM, 750GB 7200rpm HDD
Apple also released a new version of iTunes software for Mac OS X Lion. The update is the first time iTunes has not only been a native cocoa application framework for Mac OSX, something Apple have been touting everyone to adopt since Mac OSX introduction over 10 years ago, but it is finally in 64-bit!
And based on what we’ve seen it actually seems to run quite well too.
You can download iTunes 10.4 as a beta for Snow Leopard and Windows here!
So quite a heap of updates from Apple then. Phew, we finally got through them. Won’t be long till iCloud is upon us and the eventual release of iOS5 and whats happened to the iPhone 5, only time will tell eh!?