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Apple unveils new operating system, MacBook Air

10-21-2010 10:36 BJT

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 20 (Xinhua) -- Apple Inc. on Wednesday showcased the latest version of the operating system runs on its Macintosh computers and launched new model of its ultrathin MacBook Air notebook, in moves to boost the company's Mac business.

Apple Inc. on Wednesday showcased the latest version of the operating
system runs on its Macintosh computers and launched new model of its
ultrathin MacBook Air notebook, in moves to boost the company's Mac
business.

The new Mac operating system, called Mac OS X Lion, will be available in the summer of 2011, Steve Jobs, Apple's chief executive officer (CEO), told a press conference held at the company's headquarters.

As the eighth major release of Apple's Mac operating system, Mac OS X Lion includes new features such as App Store, which helps users purchase applications using their iTunes accounts and download and install in just one step, similar to that on the iPad tablet computer launched by Apple earlier this year.

The Mac App Store is expected to be available for Snow Leopard, Apple's current Mac OS X operating system, within 90 days and will be included in Lion when it ships next summer.

Apple also announced that it is adding FaceTime video call feature to its Mac computers. The application, debuted on Apple's iPhone 4, will allow Mac users to video-chat with each other as well as with iPhone 4 and iPod touch users.

"We've sold more than 19 million FaceTime-ready iPhone 4 and iPod touch devices in the past four months, and now those users can make FaceTime calls with tens of millions of Mac users," Apple CEO Jobs said.

In another indication of how Apple is bringing inspirations from iPhone and iPad to its Mac products, the company introduced new MacBook Air notebooks that replace hard drives with solid state flash storage technology used in iPad.

"MacBook Air is the first of a new generation of notebooks that leaves behind mechanical rotating storage in favor of solid state flash storage," Jobs said in a statement.

"We've taken what we have learned with the iPad -- solid state storage, instant-on, amazing battery standby time, miniaturization and lightweight construction, to create the new MacBook Air. With its amazing responsiveness and mobility, it will change the way we think about notebooks," the Apple CEO noted.

With its aluminum unibody enclosure, the new MacBook Air measures 0.68 inches (1.73 cm) at the thickest point and 0.11 inches (0.28 cm) at the thinnest point, weighing just 2.3 pounds ( 1.0 kg) for the 11.6-inch model and 2.9 pounds (1.3 kg) for the 13. 3inch model.


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