Apple Sends Out ‘Back to the Mac’ Invitations

After years of waiting, it appears as though Apple is gearing up for some major Mac news.  Lately all we’ve heard about are their iPhone, iPod and iPad products.  Basically, all their mobile devices.  Now don’t get me wrong, I sure love my iPhone and even really like my iPad, much more than I thought I would.  That said, there’s something about the Mac platform that’s special.  It was the first popular home computer, and changed the entire industry forever.  I mean, where would we be without the original Macintosh computer?

So what can we expect from this special event?  First off, I suppose it would be a good idea to let you all know when and where this event takes place.  It will be held at the Town Hall on Apple’s Cupertino Campus, at 10AM Pacific time.  Now we can discuss what will likely make an appearance at the event.

MacBook Air 2.0

There are rumors coming out of everywhere that Apple will introduce a brand new MacBook Air.  Rumors suggest it will sport an 11.6 inch display, and could weigh as little as 2.7 pounds.  The new computers are also said to sport the new Intel Core i-series processors.  For those that don’t know, the MacBook Air is essentially a laptop, minus the optical drive.  It has been virtually impossible to find as of late giving this rumor a lot of credibility.  I suppose we’ll know soon enough if these rumors are true.  The biggest hurdle facing the MacBook Air has been its high price point, so perhaps Apple will have an entry model cheaper than what’s currently available.  It’s also possible the MacBook and MacBook Pro lines could see minor refreshes, but we can’t confirm or deny this either way.

iLife 11 & iWork 11

iLife and iWork are both extremely popular software solutions available to Mac owners.  The last iLife update was back in 2009, and sported major features across all applications.  iLife contains multimedia and creation software including Garageband, iMovie, iWeb, iPhoto, and iDVD.  Rumor has it that iLife 11 will be written in 64-bit to fully utilize the power of OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard).  The software is also supposed to feature major enhancements to all applications, but drop support for iDVD.  That application will likely be made available for free via Apple’s website, as what the company did with iMovie HD in older versions of iLife.  Finally, it’s suggested that iLife will be making its way to the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.  I personally hope this is the case as it’s sorely lacking on my iPad.  As for iWork, I’d expect the usual enhancements to Pages, Keynote and Numbers, but we have nothing to go on at this time.

A leaked box art image from Amazon Germany

Mac OS X 10.7

Given the teaser image attached to the invite (as shown above), it seems fairly obvious that Apple will finally preview Lion, the rumored name of their next OS.  All previous versions of OS X have had large feline names.  OS 10.0 was Cheetah, 10.1 was Puma, 10.2 was Jaguar, 10.3 was Panther, 10.4 was Tiger, 10.5 was Leopard and 10.6 was Snow Leopard.  If this teaser image is to be believed Lion will be the official name of OS X 10.7.  We have no other details to go on at this time except one can expect the OS to be 64-bit, just like Snow Leopard was.  We can also assume PowerPC support will not be included, following Snow Leopard’s lead.  Outside of that, what Apple adds to the OS is a complete and utter mystery.

Are there any Apple fans out there that have been using their computers for a long time?  Are you a new Apple convert?  Do you think you might be anytime soon?  Let us know by leaving a comment, and also let us know what you think of everything I’ve talked about here.  I always love a good discussion ;)

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