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Apple reveals Mac OS X 10.7 ‘Lion’

Smaller Apple MacBook Air, iLife '11 both debut

Apple Mac operating system

The Apple OS X 10.7 Lion due for release Summer 2011

Apple has revealed the next version of its Mac OS X operating system. Called ‘Lion’, Mac OS X 10.7 will add features from the company’s iPhone to its desktop environment.

The company also revealed new products, including a smaller version of its MacBook Air range of laptops, and a new version of iLife, its home photo and video software, at a press event in the US.

New Mac OS 10.7 X Lion

Under the slogan ‘Back to the Mac’, Apple CEO Steve Jobs treated his audience to a sneak preview of the next Mac OS X operating system. Continuing with the jungle theme of previous releases, OS X Lion will follow in Snow Leopard’s paw prints next year. 

Described by Jobs as ‘Mac OS X meets the iPad’ Lion draws on features from the its mobile operating system iOS including greater use of multitouch gestures and its own App store.

Apple has not given an exact launch date but expects Lion to emerge, pre-installed on new Macs, in the Summer of 2011.

Updated MacBook Air

Jobs also unveiled a redesigned MacBook Air – Apple’s super-slim, lightweight laptop. With two screen sizes, 11.6-inches and 13.3-inches, the Air’s new party piece is an instant-on function achieved, Apple claims, thanks to the lack of optical drive and hard drive. The trackpad has been updated, too, to mirror the ones on the latest MacBook Pro models.

The 11.6-inch models come with 1.4GHz Intel processors and either 64Gb or 128GB of storage. The 13.3-inch models have 1.86GHz processors and a choice of 128GB or 256GB of storage.

New models are available now from £849.

iLife ’11 launched

Apple’s suite of lifestyle applications, iLife, has also had an update. iLife ’11 includes enhancements to iPhoto with new templates and themes for slideshows, an easier way to email photos and a look and feel closer to that of an iPad application. There’s also greater integration with Facebook and Flikr. Audio editing has improved in iMovie 11 and there are new effects, themes and trailers as well as the addition of face detection technology. 

iLife ’11 is available now, will ship with every new Mac and is available as an upgrade for £45.

Also see:

  • Guide to buying the best laptop
  • First Look review of Apple TV
  • Laptop reviews

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