Apple Unveils Fruit Basket Filled with OS X Lion, Updated MacBook Air and Mini, and More
Mac OS X Lion
- Resume, which conveniently brings your apps back exactly how you left them when you restart your Mac or quit and relaunch an app;
- Auto Save, which automatically and continuously saves your documents as you work;
- Versions, which automatically records the history of your document as you create it; and
- AirDrop, which finds nearby Macs and automatically sets up a peer-to-peer wireless connection to make transferring files quick and easy.
Updated Mac mini
Pricing starts at $599, which gets you a 2.3GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 Mac mini with 2GB of memory and a 500GB hard drive. There's a $799 model that kicks things up a notch with a 2.5GHz dual-core Core i5 processor and 4GB of memory, and a $999 model equipped with a 2GHz quad-core Core i7 with Lion Server, 4GB of memory, and dual 500GB hard drives. All three models are configurable with upgrade options, such as adding more RAM, a larger hard drive, or swapping out the HDD for a solid state drive.
Refreshed MacBook Air (Now with Keyboard Backlight)
At long last, Apple revamped its MacBook Air line with Intel's Sandy Bridge processors, Thunderbolt technology, a backlit keyboard, and Mac OS X Lion. Like the Mac mini, the new MacBook Air models purportedly offer twice the computing power as previous models.
Cost of entry is a dollar shy of a grand, and for that you can pick up an 11-inch MacBook Air with a 1.6GHz dual-core Core i5 processor, 2GB of RAM, 64GB of flash storage, and Intel HD Graphics 3000 running the 3D show. For an extra $200, Apple will double-up the RAM to 4GB and flash storage to 128GB.
The 13-inch model starts out at $1,299 and includes a 1.7GHz dual-core Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM, 128GB of flash storage, and the same integrated graphics as the 11-inch model. For an additional $300, you can double the storage size to 256GB. Both of the more expensive 11-inch and 13-inch models can optionally be upgraded to a 1.8GHz dual-core Core i7 processor.
World's First Thunderbolt Display
Other features include a 16:9 edge-to-edge glass design with a 2560x1440 resolution, LED backlight, 178-degree viewing angle, 2.1 speaker system, and ambient light sensor. The display is available for purchase now and runs $999.