ap­ple shows off new mac os X

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - TECHNOLOGY - by choNG JINN XIuNG

AP­PLE re­cently show­cased its up­com­ing Mac OS X Lion as well as the new iLife ‘11 dur­ing a spe­cial event held at its head­quar­ters in Cu­per­tino, Cal­i­for­nia.

The much an­tic­i­pated Lion is ex­pected to ship next year and will fea­ture a host of new fea­tures, many of which are in­spired by the iPad.

Among the new fea­tures that Lion will have is the Mac App Store, an on­line store that func­tions just like the iOS App Store. Here, users will be able to dis­cover new apps, pur­chase and in­stall them, all through the store.

Apps can be pur­chased us­ing an iTunes ac­count and will be down­loaded and in­stalled all within one sim­ple step, Ap­ple said.

The Mac App Store will also act as a cen­tralised lo­ca­tion for app up­dates. Users will be able to pur­chase Mac ap­pli­ca­tions such as iMovie, Pages, Key­note and Num­bers through the store, it was an­nounced.

The store will be avail­able for Mac OS X Snow Leopard users within the next three months and will come bun­dled with Mac OS X Lion next year.

Other en­hance­ments

Launch­pad is an­other fea­ture on Lion that houses all ap­pli­ca­tions. The in­ter­face is sim­i­lar to that of the iPad’s home screen and it al­lows users to find ap­pli­ca­tions by swip­ing through pages and even or­gan­ise them by fold­ers.

An­other new fea­ture in the Lion is that it will sup­port full screen mode for all ap­pli­ca­tions.

This means that ap­pli­ca­tions like iPhoto will take up the en­tire screen, re­duc­ing the clut­ter of mul­ti­ple open win­dows and al­low you to fo­cus on us­ing a sin­gle open ap­pli­ca­tion.

To al­low users to eas­ily nav­i­gate be­tween dif­fer­ent ap­pli­ca­tions, Lion will have “Mis­sion Con­trol” that con­sol­i­dates el­e­ments of Ex­pose, the Dock and Dash­board all within a sin­gle in­ter­face.

This will give the user a full view of all open ap­pli­ca­tions as well as wid­gets and ap­pli­ca­tions run­ning in full screen mode. They will then be able to nav­i­gate to any ap­pli­ca­tion they chose to use.

A new iLife

At the same event, Ap­ple also an­nounced the new iLife ‘11 suite of pro­grams that in­clude up­dated ver­sions of iPho­tos and iMovie.

iPhoto ‘11 has a new full screen mode for easy brows­ing, edit­ing and show­cas­ing your pho­tos that can be or­gan­ised by Faces, Places and Events.

It’s all about shar­ing with the lat­est ver­sion of iPhoto as you will be able share pho­tos via e-mail within the ap­pli­ca­tion and post them on your Face­book wall. You can also cre­ate en­hanced slideshows that in­cor­po­rate slick new ef­fects and in­te­grate data such as the GPS lo­ca­tion to the slideshow.

Other new ad­di­tions to the pro­gram in­clude an in­te­grated photo al­bum that al­lows users to post and pull pho­tos from their Face­book and Flickr ac­count.

iMovie ‘11 has also re­ceived a ma­jor update that will give users the abil­ity to cre­ate movie-style trail­ers with dy­namic ef­fects, let­ting you choose the type of graph­ics, ti­tles and cin­e­matic sound­track used within the trailer.

Video editors will also gain ad­vanced op­tions like pre­cise au­dio edit­ing as well as the new Peo­ple Finder fea­ture that analy­ses videos and marks sec­tions that con­tain sin­gle or mul­ti­ple faces.

iLife ‘11 is avail­able now and is priced at RM199. ++++ www.ap­ple.com/my

new os: Mac OS X Lion as seen on a MacBook Air.

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