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    Default Apple's Back to the Mac Event - Summary

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    <p style="text-align: center;"><em>While you were sleeping, I stayed up and took some notes...</em></p>
    Tim Cook kicked off proceedings with a State of the Mac - basically saying "the Mac is still making us rich, so don't worry, we still love it!"

    Steve came back and started talking about <strong>iLife '11</strong> after telling everyone to turn their phones on silent. Naughty journos.

    iPhoto '11: Revamped full screen mode, big Facebook integration, better photo emailing (no need to leave iPhoto), new slideshow system and really cool book printing and even letterpress cards! Phil Schiller gave us a demo of all this.

    iMovie '11: New audio editing style with audio effects ("LUKE I AM YOUR FATHER"), People Finder, new themes, one step effects and an auto movie trailer feature that is incredibly cheesy, but you know everyone that does't know better will love it. Apple even had the London Symphony Orchestra make original music to use in your trailers. Randy Ubillos demoed his baby.

    GarageBand '11: FlexTime (fixes bad notes within tracks), groove matching (fixes bad rhythm apparently), new guitar effects and piano &amp; guitar lessons. Xander Soren demoed GarageBand.

    iWeb and iDVD: no demos given, not even a mention of any new stuff in those apps either - <a href="http://www.apple.com/au/ilife">Apple website has more info on the entire suite.</a>

    <a href="http://www.s2d6.com/x/?x=c&amp;z=s&amp;v=936514&amp;k=[NETWORKID]">AU$69 for iLife '11 - available to order now from the Apple Online Store.</a>

    Steve returns and explains FaceTime is coming to the Mac. Separate app which takes your contacts from Address Book and away you go. Mac to Mac, Mac to iOS, whatever. The Mac app can even auto detect the video orientation and rotate the window appropriately. Very simple app. Is available now from the Apple website.

    <strong>Mac OS X Lion</strong> peeked its head out from behind the sheets. Lion is all about bringing iOS innovation to Mac OS X on the desktop. Mac meets iPad.

    Multi-touch Gestures. Vertical touch surfaces don't work. No touch screen Macs any time soon.

    Mac App Store for the desktop. Free &amp; paid apps. Auto install. Auto app updates. Not the sole way to get apps on the Mac. Apps are licenced for all your Macs, not just a single device.

    Launchpad. A home screen for your Mac like the iPad's home screen.

    Mission Control. Merges Spaces, Expose, full-screen apps and Dashboard.

    Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, coming in US Summer 2011 (so June-August 2011 AU) - <a href="http://www.apple.com/macosx/lion/">Apple website has more info.</a>

    Mac App Store is coming in 90 days, direct to 10.6 (Snow Leopard), no need for 10.7 Lion. Accepting app submissions in November. <a href="http://www.apple.com/mac/app-store/">Apple website has more info on the Mac App Store.</a>

    One More Thing - "What would happen if a MacBook and an iPad hooked up?" - instant on, great battery life, solid state storage, thin &amp; light. Result is a new <strong>MacBook Air</strong> - "we think it's the future of notebooks". <a href="http://www.apple.com/macbookair/#macbook-air-video">Here's a nice video showing off the MBA's new stuff.</a>
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    <li>Intel Core 2 Duo - 13.3" has 1.86Ghz, 2.13Ghz (6mb cache) - 11.6" has 1.4Ghz &amp; 1.6Ghz (3mb cache)</li>
    <li>13.3" (1440x900) or 11.6" (1366x768)</li>
    <li>1.7cm thick at the max point</li>
    <li>NVIDIA 320M graphics</li>
    <li>7hr battery life on 13" - 5hrs on 11" (using wi-fi) - 30 days standby</li>
    <li>No ethernet port, no optical drive, SSD storage only</li>
    <li>SSD capacity: 64GB or 128GB on 11" - 128GB or 256GB on 13"</li>
    <li>802.11n, Bluetooth, 2x USB ports, MagSafe, Mini Displayport, Headphone socket.</li>
    <li>Software Reinstall Drive (USB key with software on it)</li>
    <li><a href="http://www.apple.com/au/macbookair/specs.html">Full specs on the Apple Website</a></li>
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    Price - base model 11.6" (1.4GHz, 2GB RAM, 64GB SSD) is <a href="http://www.s2d6.com/x/?x=c&amp;z=s&amp;v=946732&amp;k=[NETWORKID]">AU$1199</a> - base model 13.3" (1.86GHz, 2GB RAM, 128GB SSD) is <a href="http://www.s2d6.com/x/?x=c&amp;z=s&amp;v=946732&amp;k=[NETWORKID]">AU$1599</a>. Will be shipping in 2 days here in Australia (so order now, get it Monday from the online store)

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    Don't get me wrong. The Air is very nice but the announcements were a little light on.

    Part update to iLife, no update to iWork, no speed bump to rest of range of Macs and nothing with the Pro. I know some of them were bumped recently, but we are use to more than a single piece of hardware and software.

    Biggest dissapointment was the half effort with iLife. Nothing with iWeb seems like such an oversight. The ability to make HTML5 sites especially for the iPhone and iPad would have been an amazing feature and the natural progression of this app.

    Really feel lie they had something else planned but never got there.
    The iDevice Classroom. Watch this space.

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    i know we can order it online but what about stores? when will say the Apple store in Chermside get its stock?
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    Please God dont tell me they have not only not updated iWeb.. they have dropped it!!!! Fuck that shit!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Balthazar View Post
    Please God dont tell me they have not only not updated iWeb.. they have dropped it!!!! Fuck that shit!
    They dropped it like it was a Powerbook G5
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    Quote Originally Posted by Balthazar View Post
    Please God dont tell me they have not only not updated iWeb.. they have dropped it!!!! Fuck that shit!
    It's still included, along with iDVD.

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    No new iWork. My bet is they'll release it in January as a download from the new Mac App Store.

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    The new 11" AIR interests me but not much else does...

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    Very disapointing, hope there are more features on lion than a new expose and launch pad, besides that it looks like leopard.
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    Mmm 13 MBA with 4 GB RAM and 256 GB SSD
    I think that has my name on it...

    need to read all the fine print though... like the idea of the SD card - if it can be used as an extra hot swappable hard drive (like I use USB drives for at present).
    Extra USB good as well.
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    Looks like the Macbook Pros had slight price drops, anyone else notice this?
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    Apple care for laptops is cheaper.
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    Wow. A little underwhelmed. Though I do not use my rev A MBA, can't really see upgrading to the latest MBA. I guess for me the 4GB RAM is a great option, but that's about it. Am thinking of selling my Air and getting the next revision iPad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chundermuffin View Post
    Looks like the Macbook Pros had slight price drops, anyone else notice this?
    I thought the 17" MBP was ~$2,900 so yeah, looks like it.

    Even so against it's still $US2,299 vs AU$2,798 = ~0.82 conversion rate. Factor in GST and it's up to about a $0.90 conversion rate, still not as high as I would have expected, so I'm assuming they have a 10% currency hedge in there. Looking at the base Mac mini and that rate is more like $0.77 even including GST

    We all understand how it works, I was just quietly hoping for some change at this event.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Balthazar View Post
    Please God dont tell me they have not only not updated iWeb.. they have dropped it!!!! Fuck that shit!
    Could be offering all that in a very different service that's not ready yet (plus it simplifies)

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    Lion is a tad underwhelming. Hopefully there's a few as-yet-unrevealed improvements.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tcn33 View Post
    Lion is a tad underwhelming. Hopefully there's a few as-yet-unrevealed improvements.
    They still have 5-6 months till it's released.
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    Quote Originally Posted by griffmiester View Post
    They still have 5-6 months till it's released.
    They wont be adding new features weeks before release. It will be in lockdown 'code complete' mode by then.

    Lion definately seems like another incremental update such as Snow Leopard was to Leopard. I was really hoping for a Finder refresh. Apple is crazy about Apps it seems - the multitouch gestures can be added via software such as Better Touch Tools and the App homescreen is yet another layer over the existing finder/applications folder/desktop moniker users are used to already.

    Full screen is going to confuse alot of Windows migrators as well as some Mac users as well, dunno why they didn't just add another button (oh wait SJ hates buttons!)

    If they're the 'big things' about Lion then I surely hope Apple has many nice incremental improvements to list in time for release.

    Also, iLife 11 should be cheaper since only 3 apps have been updated.


    On a sidenote I wonder if any MBPs in the future will support hybrid flash storage and traditional hard drives? Instant on MBPs with 500GB+ of storage? Yes please!
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    No built in 3G on MBA.

    I mean... come on..

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