Desktops and Notebooks: Apple MacBook Air, Mac Mini, OS X Lion Debut
Apple is updating its ultra-thin notebook, the MacBook Air, as well as the compact Mac mini, and released the Thunderbolt Display, the world's first display with Thunderbolt I/O technology. Apple also is debuting the latest version of its operating system software, Mac OS X Lion, which is available for download via the Apple App Store. The MacBook Air boasts the latest Intel Core i5 and Core i7 dual-core processors, a new backlit keyboard and Thunderbolt I/O technology for faster file transfers. Thunderbolt can also be adapted to support legacy connections such as FireWire and Gigabit Ethernet. The notebook also comes with a full size backlit keyboard and a glass multitouch trackpad. Some of the features in the Lion OS include multi-touch gestures, system-wide support for full screen apps, Mission Control (a view of everything running on a Mac) and the App Store built right into the OS. Users can connect a Thunderbolt-enabled Mac to the 27-inch Thunderbolt display and access its FaceTime camera and Gigabit Ethernet, FireWire 800, USB 2.0 and Thunderbolt ports. Designed specifically for Mac notebooks, the new display features a thin aluminum-and-glass enclosure, and includes a MagSafe connector that charges the MacBook Pro or MacBook Air.