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Apple Announces iLife '11, FaceTime Mac, Lion, Mac App Store, MacBook Air 827

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Apple once again streamed their latest keynote where they unveiled iLife '11 (more fullscreen and Facebook in iPhoto, Audio editing and automatic trailers in iMovie, Rhythm correction and lessons in Garage Band). FaceTime for the Mac will connect video chat to phones with a Beta starting today. Next we get a preview of OS X Lion which will have an App Store and new UI bits shipping this summer. The Mac App Store will launch on Snow Leopard in 90 days. The New MacBook Air is under 3lbs, 13.3" screen, Core 2 Duo, solid state only storage. There's also an 11.6" version starting at $999 with 64gb of storage shipping today.
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Apple Announces iLife '11, FaceTime Mac, Lion, Mac App Store, MacBook Air

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  • by UninformedCoward (1738488) on Wednesday October 20, 2010 @01:18PM (#33963828)

    more fullscreen and Facebook in iPhoto, Audio editing and automatic trailers in iMovie, Rhythm correction and lessons in Garage Band

    Why can't all this functionality be available through one integrated program instead of being fragmented over many sources?! The end user will get confused!

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday October 20, 2010 @01:20PM (#33963860)

    Will the app store have the same lock down?

    With no apps that can use plug ins?

    No games with user maps or mods?

    No sex apps?

    No fat app?

    $99 year fee even for free apps?

    fixed price points?

    will you be able to buy app and use it on all systems you own? will app dev be able to have app that you need to buy per system?

    can apple pull a app at any time?

    Will there be a max app size?

    Yes

  • Re:OSX (Score:3, Funny)

    by imamac (1083405) on Wednesday October 20, 2010 @01:23PM (#33963900)
    New MacBook Air...the love child of a MacBook and iPad...
  • by jonbryce (703250) on Wednesday October 20, 2010 @01:35PM (#33964088) Homepage

    We are used to "App stores" in the form of apt-get repositories or similar in other distributions. It is one of the things that makes linux so much easier to use than the competition.

    What Steve Jobs is introducing is a bit like that except that you need a separate interface for each different app store you subscribe to (Apple, Steam's Valve, etc) and it has the facility to support payment for the software being downloaded.

    If you don't have to run the Apple updater, the Microsoft updater for MS Office, the Adobe updater for Creative Suite and so on, that in itself would be a good reason to buy your software from the App Store rather than from somewhere else.

  • by Duradin (1261418) on Wednesday October 20, 2010 @01:42PM (#33964224)

    Then RMS rides in on his gnu brandishing his katana and saves the day.
    </nerdgasm>

  • by MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) on Wednesday October 20, 2010 @02:05PM (#33964620)

    This is just another nice income stream for Apple. Does anyone really think that Apple would remove every other way of installing software from the Mac?

    No, but babbling about it makes the word 'Insightful' appear next to our posts.

  • by bsane (148894) on Wednesday October 20, 2010 @02:10PM (#33964694)

    For example, the people I know are more commonly Java developers, whereas maybe you know more Objective-C developers.

    And the lesson is: be more careful about choosing friends?

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday October 20, 2010 @02:12PM (#33964728)
    No, that would require a consistent viewpoint
  • by ceswiedler (165311) * <chris@swiedler.org> on Wednesday October 20, 2010 @02:22PM (#33964882)

    Yes, Apple locks down their stuff. You want to know why people don't care too much? Because Apple locks stuff down the right way, for the right reasons. They're not too intrusive, they don't overreach, they make sure 95% of their users will never even notice the lock-in, and they make sure it provides benefit to the users as well as to themselves and their partners.

    Most people just want to share songs with a few close friends and family--and Apple's AAC protection allowed that. Most people just want to download reliable, trustworthy apps to their phones-- and Apple's mobile app store lets them do that. Both of these things bring revenue to Apple, but they also bring better content to users, by allowing music companies and app developers to get their money and thereby giving them incentives to produce more and better content.

    Music, movie and television studios think that allowing users to do anything with their media will be the end of the world. Free-software evangelists thing being unable to do everything with their media will be the end of the world. Apple recognizes that for most people, it's good enough to be able to do the common things.

    The term for freeing an iPhone is "jailbreaking", but here's the question: is it a jail if the user never notices the walls?

  • by sirrunsalot (1575073) on Wednesday October 20, 2010 @02:30PM (#33964976)

    But it's Apple... And this is slashdot...

    Brain... struggling to... process cognitive dissonance...

  • by zill (1690130) on Wednesday October 20, 2010 @03:01PM (#33965456)
    I'm pretty sure he prefers "Lord Jobs".

    "Darth Jobs" is also acceptable, but only if you are also a partitioner of the dark art.

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