Back to the Mac Event: Wrapup


So what happened at today’s Back to the Mac event? Here are the deets, provided in a convenient list form. Looking for commentary? It’s coming soon.

iLife ’11 Introduced – Free with every new Mac, $49 retail. Available Now.

  • iPhoto ’11
  • Full screen display for all features
  • New Slideshow themes
  • Album view very similar to the iPad
  • Facebook and Flickr can automatically download into iPhone ’11, even if you didn’t have them in the software to begin with
  • Share feature allows you to e-mail directly from iPhoto ’11
  • Sharing menu shows where your images go, including Facebook responses
  • Book Carousel gives you a preview of making a physical book for each theme
  • Project view shows all projects on a wooden bookshelf, similar to iBook
  • Printed and pressed cards as a project option
  • iMovie ’11
  • Better audio editing – color coded waveforms
  • Audio levels adjustable
  • Audio effects available
  • Instant Replay feature – allows for cool effects in sports
  • Movie Trailer feature for films you make
  • Face detection technology in iMovie ’11
  • Trailers can share to Facebook and Vimeo as well as the usual options
  • Garageband ’11
  • Groove Matching feature allows matching separate tracks to one beat or groove
  • Flex Time allows for adjusting waveforms
  • Music lessons built in, shown in full screen
  • How did I play feature compares the notes you play to the lesson – It’s Guitar Hero for the Mac, essentially

FaceTime – Available for Mac in Beta today

  • Full screen
  • Uses Address Book for contacts
  • Separate app from iChat
  • Display turns with iPhone display

OS 10.7 Lion – Coming Summer 2011

  • Bringing iOS features “Back to the Mac”
  • Multi-Touch Gestures
  • App Store
  • App home screens
  • Full screen apps
  • Auto save (Man, do I wish I had that 6 months ago)
  • Auto resume on Apps when launched
  • App Store
  • One click downloads
  • Free and paid apps (70/30 split)
  • Automatic install and updates
  • All apps licensed for all registered Macs
  • Launchpad
  • App home screen
  • Can sort apps based on category
  • Can create folders, just like in iOS
  • Mission Control
  • View everything on your Mac, at one time
  • Expose view of all windows, including full-screen apps

Mac App Store

  • Open within 90 days
  • App submissions for developers start in November

MacBook Air – Available Today

  • Wedge design, so no more drop down ports
  • Preview images seem to be correct
  • .68 inches at thickest. Tapers to .11 inches
  • 2.9 lbs
  • All unibody construction
  • Full-size keyboard and glass trackpad
  • 13.3-inch LED backlit display
  • 1440X900 pixels – more than on 15-inch MacBook Pro
  • Core 2 Duo processor
  • NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics
  • FaceTime camera
  • No optical drive
  • No hard drive
  • Full flash storage – SSD
  • Instant on, up to 2X faster
  • More reliable in mobile environment
  • 90% smaller and lighter
  • Silent operation
  • 7 hours wireless web tests
  • 30 day standby time
  • Inside shown, looks just like leaked images for the most part
  • Almost all batteries
  • Appears to be the matte finish display
  • Two models: 13.3 inch, and 11.6 inch
  • 11.6 inch
  • 1366X768 display
  • 2.3 lbs
  • 5 hours wireless web
  • 30 days standby
  • Pricing
  • $999 for 11.6 with 64GB
  • $1199 for 11.6 with 128GB
  • $1299 for 13.3 with 128GB
  • 1599 for 13.3 with 256GB
  • All come with 2GB of RAM

Kevin Whipps

Kevin Whipps is a copy editor, writer, photographer and custom car builder based in the Phoenix, Ariz. area. For the past 10 years he's been building his portfolio, mostly in the automotive publishing industry. When he's not wrenching on cars, most of his time is spent discovering new gadgets and toys, and of course, using everything Apple. Whipps is also married, and has a baby boy, Kevin Whipps Jr., coming on February 7, 2010.

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