It’s official—the next big cat will be Mac OS X Lion, due in the middle of 2011. Adam describes how Apple is updating Mac OS X with lessons learned from iOS, which may or may not be to your liking. Other big news from Apple’s media event last week include the release of iLife ’11, new models of the MacBook Air (the 15- and 17-inch MacBook Pro models also received a speed bump, but didn’t warrant mention at Apple’s event), and a beta release of FaceTime for the Mac. Along with full coverage of those events, Jeff Carlson and Michael report on Apple’s record-setting Q4 financials, Jeff reveals how to restore the timeline to iMovie ’11, and Glenn Fleishman looks at Yojimbo 3.0 and its associated iPad app. Notable software releases this week include Cyberduck 3.7, Firefox 3.6.11, Aperture 3.1 and ProKit Update 6.0, and Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 3 and 10.5 Update 8.
A pair of revised MacBook Air models are the result of a “hookup” between a Mac and an iPad, Steve Jobs says. The new MacBook Air comes in two sizes and starts at $999. All models sport solid-state memory for faster performance, lighter weight, and longer battery life.
A speed bump for the 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pro no longer even warrants mention at an Apple event. But it still happened.
FaceTime isn’t just for the iPhone and latest iPod touch any more. You can use it in Mac OS X. A beta version is now available.
iLife ’11 brings major improvements and cosmetic surgery to iPhoto, iMovie, and GarageBand. With a lower price ($49), and immediate availability, you’ll be delving into new versions soon.
Do you miss working in a traditional timeline when editing video in iMovie? In the new iMovie ’11, you can get it back! Learn how in this easy tutorial.
Apple Q4 earnings call causes shock and awe, and includes a surprise appearance from Steve Jobs.
Bare Bones has released Yojimbo 3.0, along with an iPad app that lets you take your data on the go—but not modify it on the iPad.
Don’t listen for the roar, since we won’t be seeing Mac OS X Lion until the middle of 2011, but Apple has pulled back the curtains on its cage just enough to give us a preview of some of the features that will be coming. Think iOS.
Notable software releases this week include Cyberduck 3.7, Firefox 3.6.11, Aperture 3.1 and ProKit Update 6.0, and Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 3 and 10.5 Update 8.
Our review copy of iPhoto ’11 hasn’t yet arrived, but we felt it was important to warn about a potential bug in the program that could erase photos—make backups! Also, if you haven’t yet had your fill of analysis of the Apple announcements, listen in to Adam’s interview on the Tech Night Owl Live podcast. And finally, want to turn a Mac into a Mac-O-Lantern for Halloween? Read on!