OS X Lion, New Mac mini and au voir Macbook
Today Apple discontinued the MacBook, will it be missed or will MacBook air be the one to buy now with it’s stylish, ultra thin and new Sandy Bridge, Thunderbolt and back-lit keyboards, just another expense to stick on your Christmas wanted list.
New Mac mini also introduced with 2.3GHz Intel Core i5 and server version that ships with a Core i7 processor i7, Thunderbolt, AMD Radeon HD, no Super-drive; Starting at $599 in the US , the new models include Turbo Boost 2.0. As with the previous generation, the mini doesn’t sacrifice on connectivity, including gigabit Ethernet, FireWire 800, HDMI, SDXC, audio in and out, Thunderbolt (with support for up to six devices), and four USB 2.0 ports on the rear. There’s also 802.11n WiFi and Bluetooth. The Mac mini is available for purchase online today, and in Apple retail stores tomorrow.
You can finally download Apple’s latest operating system — Mac OS 10.7 — by hitting up the App Store on your Snow Leopard (10.6.8)-equipped Mac, assuming it’s powered by an Intel Core 2 Duo, Core i3, i5 or i7 processor. From our experience with the pre-release version, the 4GB download could take over an hour, even on a high-speed connection, but once you have the installer in hand the upgrade process itself should be complete in about 20 minutes.