Thursday, February 24, 2011

Apple introduces updated MacBook Pro models while offering developers a preview of OS X 10.7 Lion

You know the PC era is over when a leading company can introduce a whole series of newly updated products and everyone (including me) yawns. It's not that the products are in any way disappointing, its just that we seem to be moving into a new era of tablets and mobile devices.

Today Apple updated its line of MacBook Pro laptops improving features, adding new ones, and the like.
“The new MacBook Pro brings next generation dual and quad Core processors, high performance graphics, Thunderbolt technology and FaceTime HD to the great design loved by our pro customers,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “Thunderbolt is a revolutionary new I/O technology that delivers an amazing 10 gigabits per second and can support every important I/O standard which is ideal for the new MacBook Pro.”

I found it interesting that Apple describes its new webcams this way: "The FaceTime HD camera built into the MacBook Pro display is even thinner than the camera inside iPhone 4." You know you've entered a new era when computer cameras are being compared with mobile phones.

The new line of laptops will be available immediately, with pricing inline with previous models.

Apple also offered its developers a preview of the upcoming new version of its operating system, OS X 10.7, dubbed 'Lion'.

In addition to new Multi-Touch gestures, developers will also like the ability to make their apps Full Screen capable. This will allow apps to look, feel and act like apps on the popular iPad. It may, may, encourage more media apps to be built for the Mac App Store, which today still only has a grand total of 17 news apps in it.