Here is a quick round up of all the announcements made at Back to the Mac event yesterday which included the launch of two brand new Macbook Air models, Facetime for Mac beta, Mac OS X 10.7 Lion and iLife 11.

New Macbook Air

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Boy o boy! Our tipster was spot on with the prediction of Apple announcing a revamped Macbook Air. Even the price, specs and features were spot on! The new Macbook Air is Instant on, has great battery life, amazing standby time, solid state storage and it’s thinner and lighter than ever before! For the 13.6″ version, prices start at $1,299 for 128GB and $1,599 for 256GB of storage; the 11.6″ version starts at $999 for 64GB & $1199 for 128GB; they’re available already.


MacBook Air 13.3-inch Specs

  • 13.3-inch LED backlit display, 1440 x 900 pixels
  • 1.86GHz Core 2 Duo processor
  • NVidia GeForce 320M GPU
  • SD card reader, 2 USB ports, a Mini DisplayPort, a 3.5mm audio jack and a straight MagSafe port
  • Instant-on
  • Multitouch glass trackpad
  • Full aluminum unibody construction
  • 128GB or 256GB SSD
  • 802.11n Wi-Fi
  • FaceTime camera
  • 0.68-inches thin at its thickest point, 0.11-inches at its thinnest
  • 2.9 lbs
  • Battery life: 7 hours usage, 30 days standby

MacBook Air 11.6-inch Specs

  • 11.6-inch LED backlit display, 1366 x 768 pixels
  • 1.4GHz Core 2 Duo processor
  • NVidia GeForce 320M GPU
  • 2 USB ports, a Mini DisplayPort and a straight MagSafe port
  • Instant-on
  • Multitouch glass trackpad
  • Full aluminum unibody construction
  • 64GB or 128GB SSD
  • 802.11n Wi-Fi
  • FaceTime camera
  • 0.68-inches thin at its thickest point, 0.11-inches at its thinnest
  • 2.3 lbs
  • Battery life: 5 hours usage, 30 days standby

Mac OS X 10.7 Lion

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Mac OS X 10.7 Lion is another guess which came true. Lion brings many of the best ideas from iPad back to the Mac. The features include the Mac App Store, a new way to update desktop apps; system-wide support for full screen apps; and Mission Control, a new view of everything running on a Mac.

Mac OS X 10.7 Lion – Features

  • Multi-touch gestures
  • Mac App Store
  • App Home screens: Launchpad
  • Full screen apps
  • Mission Control: unification of full-screen apps, Expose, Spaces and Dashboard
  • Auto-save and auto-resume within apps

Apple said Mac OSX 10.7 will ship in summer 2011.

Facetime for Mac beta

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We didn’t see this coming so soon. Apple announced Facetime for Mac, allowing you to make video calls not just to other Macs, but to the 4 million FaceTime-enabled iPhone 4 and iPod touch users. The features look pretty basic. You just click on a contact and it instantly makes a FaceTime call.

Download Facetime for Mac beta

Yes, it’s still in beta. So expect some bugs. The beta version is available for download here and you can test it right now.

iLife ’11

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Apple also released an updated version of iLife – iLife ’11, a major upgrade that gives Mac users even more great ways to create and share photos, movies and music. As with previous versions, iLife ’11 is included free with every new Mac. And for users who want to upgrade, it’s just $49, and available today.

Apple noted that iPhoto ’11 has a whole new look, with full screen modes for Faces, Places and Events. iMovie ’11 aims to make it easier than ever to edit videos and quickly transform them into fun theatrical trailers for easy posting online. And GarageBand ’11 introduces new ways to improve your playing and create great sounding songs with Flex Time and Groove Matching.

 
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