Apple has laid out its plans for the next version of its OS X operating system and its MacBook Air ultraportable notebook.
The company said that its next operating system, dubbed OS X "Lion," would be due for arrival in the summer of 2011.
Apple co-founder and chief executive Steve Jobs said that the update would seek to incorporate lessons learned from the iOS platform. Jobs explained that iOS, originally a derivation of OS X, had taught Apple important lessons that the company now wants to transfer to the Macintosh operating system.
"We have been improving [OS X] with every major release and we're really happy with Snow Leopard," said Jobs.
"But we know how to take it even further."
Among the iOS components Apple has planned for Lion are multi-touch support, full-screen application and home screen interfaces and auto-save features.
Also making its way to the MacOS will be Apple's online App Store marketplace.
Slated to launch within the next 90 days, the App Store will offer users of OS X Snow Leopard and later the ability to access a single marketplace to purchase and download Macintosh software. Apple will offer developers the same pricing options and 70/30 revenue split used for the iOS App Store service.
Additionally, the company is introducing an updated version of its iLife consumer platform, featuring revamped versions if iPhoto, iMovie and Garage Band. The iLife 11 suite will be a free bundle with new Mac systems and a $25 update for older systems.
Closing out Apple's updates and serving as Jobs' trademark "one more thing" was an update to the MacBook Air notebook.
The ultra-portable notebook is being revamped with a smaller case design as well as updated internal hardware components.
Weighing in at 2.9lbs for the 13.3 inch model and 2.3lbs for the 11 inch system, the unibody case design is 0.68 inches at its thickest point and 0.11 inches at its thinnest.
Inside, the MacBook air will eschew an internal hard drive in favour of on-board flash storage. Both models will offer Core2 duo processors and high-resolution screens along with full keyboards and track pads.
The 13.3 inch model will offer a 7 hour battery life and the option of 128GB or 256GB of storage at a cost of £1,099 or £1,349, respectively. The 11 model will sport 5 hours of battery life and a price tag of £849 for a 64GB model and £999 for 128GB of storage.
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