Thursday, October 21, 2010

New is in the MacBook Air!

Yesterday, at the Back to the Mac special event, Apple Inc. announced the state of the Mac platform. Steve Jobs showed the world what he called the next generation of the MacBook Air, Mac OS X Lion and the next version of their iLife software package, iLife '11.
Update: Back to the Mac 2010 keynote videos!

Incorporating some of the features designed in iOS, Mac OS 10.7 Lion will have access to a new app store, very similiar to the one already available to iOS users. Also, some of the application will now go to fullscreen mode for a more immersive experience like on their mobile OS.  In adition, this new version of the desktop OS will have all the multi-touch input technology designed for the iOS with the help of the recent release Magic Trackpad and the Magic Mouse. But the star of the show where the new MacBook Airs, yes Airs.

This new Macs are a really necessary update to the cool-looking-but-overprice old models that they replace. With revamped internals, new aluminium uni-body design and astonishing battery life, this new machines seems like a steal starting just at $999.00. What you get for those hard to earn thousand bucks? Well, for starters, 64 GB Flash Memory HD (SSD in human lingo), 1.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, and 5 hours of battery life with 30 days of standby time; all enclosed with a 11-inch of sweetness. The top of the line, 13-inch, MacBook Air includes a 256GB SSD, an Intel Core 2 Duo running at 1.86GHz and enjoys a 7-hour battery life with the 30-hour standby time. All models come with 2GB of RAM and the NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics so nobody would complain about its performance.

It would be interesting to see if all Apple laptops go with this new minimalist approach to portable computer design. Mr. Jobs said it loud and clear: this is the next generation. It is certainly not a great idea to cannibalize their own success with the Mac as a development platform/tool used by millions of creators, but as an alternative for those who need a real computer but with lots of portability, this new MacBook Air is really a good choice. Is the 11-inch MacBook Air Apple version of the netbook?

Via YouTube's AppleKeynoteEvents