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Apple announces new OS, MacBook Air

by Kelly MacNeil on October 21, 2010

With the wide-spread success of Apple’s iPad and iPhone, it was only a matter of time before the company incorporated some of the devices’ most recognizable features into their computers. Bloomberg reports that Apple CEO Steve Jobs recently unveiled a new, lighter version of the MacBook Air laptop, as well as a new version of the computer’s operating system.

The new OS, called Lion, was launched in an effort to make the computers more like Apple’s mobile devices. The system is expected to be available in the summer of 2011. end and Among its features is an implementation of the multitouch gestures on track pad, similar to Apple’s mobile iOS software.

Although the announcement of Lion was a step forward, perhaps the most substantial shift was the new MacBook Air. The new version of the popular laptop is just .68 inches at its thickets point, and weighs between 2.3 and 2.9 pounds, depending on the model. It also includes many of the features of the iPad, and has a battery that can power the device for up to seven hours.

“We asked ourselves, ‘What would happen if a MacBook and an iPad hooked up?’ Well, this is the result,” Jobs told reporters on Wednesday. “We think it’s the future of notebooks.”

Jobs also announced that the company is launching a new app store that can be accessed from the MacBook and other computers. The store is expected to serve as a new way to buy software, experts said.

“If you want to get Microsoft Word, now you don’t have drive anywhere to pick up a box,” Jobs added. “You can buy on impulse.”

According to the news source, Apple sold a record 3.89 million Macs in the fiscal fourth quarter, which was a 27 percent increase from last year.

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