Friday, 22 July 2011

Apple OS X Lion on sale, new MacBook Air and more Appletastic news!

We’ve been waiting for a few weeks for the latest announcements from Apple, and OS X Lion has finally hit the shops today. Available to download from the Mac App store, Apple claims that there are over 250 new features on offer. Apple has also updated its MacBook Air range – as expected – along with a refreshed Mac Mini and a new Thunderbolt display.

Out of all of Apple’s announcements this afternoon, OS X Lion is the big one – the latest operating system for Apple devices. It’s available as an upgrade over OS X Snow Leopard for £20.99, and will be available to buy in August on a USB memory stick for £55.

OS X Lion has been available as a beta version, so there are no real surprises in the announcement, but the new features include refreshed multi-touch gesture support, Apple’s new Mission Control feature for viewing all your running apps, and the integration of the Mac App Store. We’ll be getting our hands on OS X Lion in the near future, so stay tuned for a full review.

The refresh for the Apple MacBook Air line also went as planned, with the latest 13-inch and 11-inch models getting cutting-edge Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors. Apple has included backlit keyboards, offering similar usability to its MacBook Pro range, and the laptops now get Thunderbolt ports.

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