Back to the Mac

As you may already know, Apple recently hosted it’s “Back to the Mac” event, where Apple announced some new updates to a variety of products and services.

Mac OS X 10.7

One thing that Apple announced was the latest version of the Mac OS, which is version 10.7 and is known as “Lion”. According to Steve Jobs, this update to the Mac OS will integrate Apple’s iOS into their Mac OS. However, this update isn’t expected to be released until next summer.

App Store

If you own an iPod Touch or an iPhone, you are probably already familiar with Apple’s App Store.  However, users can expect to see the App Store on their laptops and desktops in around three months. With the Apple App Store on computers, users will be able to download applications, such as utilities, games, and more without having to visit a website, download the actual file, and then install it.

Once you have downloaded applications from the App Store, you will be able to launch them from a launcher that contains all of your applications, which is similar to the Mac Dashboard. If you own an iPhone or iPod Touch, you may enjoy the similarities between your iPod or iPhone and your computer.

If you would like more information about the latest version of the Mac OS and the App Store, you should check out this article from CrunchGear.

FaceTime

Also announced at the “Back to the Mac” event was the ability to use Apple’s FaceTime service on your computer, in addition to already being able to use it on your iPod Touch or iPhone. You can even chat with users who are using FaceTime from their iPod Touches and iPhones, right from your computer. This feature is actually available for download from the Apple website. However, the FaceTime for Mac version is still in the beta stage.

If you’d like to see a hands on review of FaceTime for the Mac, you should view this article and video by John Biggs from CrunchGear.

New MacBook Air

Apple also announced the newest version of the MacBook Air, which is smaller and lighter than the previous version. The new MacBook air weighs just 2.9 pounds and has a new glass trackpad. The new version of the MacBook Air also has two different screen sizes, which are 13 inches and 11 inches. The new MacBook air can be purchased for $999, which is also cheaper than previous versions of the product.

If you would like more information about or if you would like to pucrhase the new MacBook Air, you should check out the MacBook Air section of Apple’s website.

iLife

Apple also announced the latest version of iLife, which is iLife ’11. While there weren’t any significant additions to Apple’s iLife package, there were some updates, including making the software suite more social with a better FaceBook integration.

Even though users were able to publish their photos and such to FaceBook in the previous version of iLife, there is now improved sharing capabilities, which includes allowing users to tag their family and friends right in iLife, as well as being able to see FaceBook comments and such in the iLife program itself, without having to launch your browser to view them. The new version of iLife also allows users to change their FaceBook profile picture directly from the program.

In addition, iMovie users can now upload videos straight to FaceBook from iMovie, which prevents users from having to open up a browser, log into their FaceBook account, and then upload the videos.

If you would like more information about the latest version of Apple’s iLife software suite, you should check out this article from TechCrunch.

For more information about any of Apple’s “Back to the Mac” announcements, I would suggest that you check out TechCrunch.com’s “Guide to Apple’s ‘Back to the Mac’ Event”, which is where I obtained a variety of the information posted above, as well as from more specific posts, such as this article from CrunchGear.

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