Apple releases Mac OS X Lion; new MacBook Airs, Minis and Displays

Since Apple’s WWDC preview back in June, the Apple community has been eagerly awaiting the next version of Mac OS X to hit the Mac App Store – and today we can finally say that it is here: Apple’s Mac OS X 10.7 Lion is now available. The upgraded Mac operating system will set you back US$30 for the upgrade and comes in at around 3.5 GB for the download; tomorrow we should be seeing Lion Server also available for US$50. Initially Lion will only be available through digital download ahead of a physical disc launch at stores in the upcoming days.

Apple has also launched a new line-up of MacBook Airs with Thunderbolt ports, updated "Sandy Bridge" processors and a back-lit keyboard. The 11.6-inch base model now comes loaded with a 1.6 GHz Intel processor, 2 GB of RAM and 64 GB of on-board flash storage. The 13.3-inch model also sees similar upgrades: base model comes with a 1.7 GHz Intel CPU, 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage – both models can be upgraded to include a 1.8 GHz CPU, 4 GB of RAM and 256 GB SSD space.

Also new to the Apple Store today are an updated line-up of Mac Minis, which have completely removed the DVD drive. The base model will now come with a Intel “Sandy Bridge” 2.3 GHz processor, 2GB of RAM and a 500 GB hard drive; this can be bumped to a 2.5 GHz CPU and 4 GB of RAM if you so desire. There is also now a server model loaded with a 2 GHz CPU, 4 GB of RAM and dual-500 GB HDDs.

To complement the new Mac Minis we are seeing new Apple Cinema Displays, now known as "Apple Thunderbolt Displays". While there are no major changes to the actual LED panels, you should be able to connect your Thunderbolt-equipped Mac directly into these new Thunderbolt-enabled Cinema Displays and mount them using the optional VESA wall mount.

Check out the online Apple Store and website for more info on all of Apple's recently released products. 

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Glad i didnt buy lion i cannot even install 10.6.8 without a kernel panic. Seems it hates my gpu. Oh well osx86 was good while it lasted....back to windows.

Just installed OS X for over one hour & until now it's great. the only down side is that i have to download Xcode again (err msg: Install the Xcode Tolls version that supports Mac OS X 10.7 Lion.) that is usually 5-10 min download, but i can't seem to find it on the iTunes Connect...
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found Xcode 4.1 on Mac AppStore (free)

Just continue to lose more faith in Apple. The Mac Mini is just terrible value for money - and the omission of a DVD drive baffles the mind! I kept debating going back to a Mac Mini - and then just saw the specs.. and the prices.. and immediately walked away!

Chicane-UK said,
Just continue to lose more faith in Apple. The Mac Mini is just terrible value for money - and the omission of a DVD drive baffles the mind! I kept debating going back to a Mac Mini - and then just saw the specs.. and the prices.. and immediately walked away!

I don't understand how people still can't get it through their heads: you are paying for the form factor!

Chicane-UK said,
Just continue to lose more faith in Apple. The Mac Mini is just terrible value for money - and the omission of a DVD drive baffles the mind! I kept debating going back to a Mac Mini - and then just saw the specs.. and the prices.. and immediately walked away!

Yes - I do understand that perfectly well! I've previously owned a Mac Mini and an iMac..

Chicane-UK said,

Yes - I do understand that perfectly well! I've previously owned a Mac Mini and an iMac..

Then what's the big deal? If you really need a optical drive that bad, buy the previous gen on eBay... Or just don't buy it at all. For the size, quality, specs, and price, it's not bad at all.

Chicane-UK said,

Yes - I do understand that perfectly well! I've previously owned a Mac Mini and an iMac..

Ok, they why are you complaining they are terrible value for the money? Try building a Dell or HP with that form factor and I'm sure the bill will be just as high.

People complain that the Macbook Air is too expensive, but Samsung makes one in the same form factor for $1700.

If you take the whole package into consideration, Macs are actually not that overprice.

and i also think that the samsung is stupidly over priced, there is no way in hell that it costs half as much to make those things

Chicane-UK said,
If you take the whole package into consideration, Macs are actually not that overprice.

It's amusing being "schooled" but I'll carry on. My frustration is that Apple seem to never just offer a combination that appeals to me, at a price that appeals to me.

I really, really want what would essentially be a Mac Pro Jr. I want a good CPU, I want the option to upgrade the memory / HDD / graphics card at my leisure, and the option to bring my own keyboard / video / mouse.

The iMac is nice but it's mahoosively expensive and whilst the specs have improved somewhat, I don't "need" to pay for the slim form factor - I have room on my desk for a full size desktop. But I don't want the Mac Pro - that's overkill and hilariously expensive. There's nothing inbetween. There are only compromises. And this is why I'm griping. I just chose to use the Mac Mini as the outlet for my frustration.

Chicane-UK said,

It's amusing being "schooled" but I'll carry on. My frustration is that Apple seem to never just offer a combination that appeals to me, at a price that appeals to me.

I really, really want what would essentially be a Mac Pro Jr. I want a good CPU, I want the option to upgrade the memory / HDD / graphics card at my leisure, and the option to bring my own keyboard / video / mouse.

The iMac is nice but it's mahoosively expensive and whilst the specs have improved somewhat, I don't "need" to pay for the slim form factor - I have room on my desk for a full size desktop. But I don't want the Mac Pro - that's overkill and hilariously expensive. There's nothing inbetween. There are only compromises. And this is why I'm griping. I just chose to use the Mac Mini as the outlet for my frustration.

Sure sure, but just because you can't afford the model you'd like to have, don't give you a free ticket to bitch about it. Macs were never meant to be cheap and appealing to everybody. We should all know that by now.

Hey Chicane-UK, get yourself a Hackintosh and go on with your life. There, problem solved.

Or stick to Windows or Linux. Simple as that.

And you can connect an external DVD drive to the mini if you realy need it.

Hey guys.. it's just a bit of banter. I know there are some people who feel a need to defend Apple on here from the rampaging Microsoft zealots - I'm not one of them.

Sure sure, but just because you can't afford the model you'd like to have, don't give you a free ticket to bitch about it. Macs were never meant to be cheap and appealing to everybody. We should all know that by now.

That's not the point. I could afford to buy whatever Mac I wanted - not having the money is not the issue. The issue is there not being a box that appeals to me.. and the one box that does appeal to me (the Mac Pro) is just such enormous overkill, I can't justify spending the money. Hence rattling on about a Mac Pro Jr.

TruckWEB - I have thought about building a Hackintosh several times. But I can't be bothered with it for the same reason I don't really use Linux much any more at home.. I just want to install my PC, slap on a few drivers and software packages and get on with using it. I don't want to have to be hacking around with configuration files and basically trying to fudge something to run on hardware it wasn't designed to run on. I've been tinkering with computers for years and have just got bored of all that!

Downloaded and the install fubared my mac, good job apple Gonna be tough to fix with a dead superdrive

TechDudeGeorge said,
Apple trying to revolutionize by removing the Optical Drive. Looks like if I got one I'd buy a USB drive to install Windows.

Yeah because Apple was the first one to remove the drive, right?... Stop trolling.
Ever heard of a netbook? Or any space-saving computer, for that matter?
Why is it that every time Apple even takes a breath, people expect it to be ground-breaking?

Max Norris said,
Being able to run on any hardware, now that's something I wish Apple would copy from Microsoft.

Being able to run on any hardware, now that's something I wish Apple would copy from LINUX.

There, fixed that for you! Windows has plenty of hardware limitations.

MS Lose32 said,
An OS for $30? Wow! Now that's something I really wish Microsoft would copy from Apple.

It doesn't really make sense for a software company to do that, does it? Apple is a hardware company.

MS Lose32 said,
An OS for $30? Wow! Now that's something I really wish Microsoft would copy from Apple.
You paid for the OS when you got your mac.. everything after is just an upgrade..

But I agree, it's a good bargain..
Add to that, unless things have changed, there's no DRM, no product key, and you can install clean.

MS Lose32 said,
+1
Same here.

If your hardware (AMD or Intel based) is from the last year or so and assuming you're savvy enough you should be able to install it with a little effort.

sheer said,

If your hardware (AMD or Intel based) is from the last year or so and assuming you're savvy enough you should be able to install it with a little effort.

You mean a hackintosh? I'd like to try to make one. The big thing I worry about is stability. Are they stable enough for daily use?

MS Lose32 said,
An OS for $30? Wow! Now that's something I really wish Microsoft would copy from Apple.
Apple are a hardware company, they make that money back by overcharging you for the logo.

MS Lose32 said,
An OS for $30? Wow! Now that's something I really wish Microsoft would copy from Apple.

Actually, this is much more along the lines of a Microsoft Service Pack, which Microsoft releases for free.

yowan said,
Waiting for it to appear on P2P, gonna update a hackingtosh

Same here...ill wait a few weeks to see how others install will go.

yowan said,
Waiting for it to appear on P2P, gonna update a hackingtosh


hahahah +1 looking forward to using lion! still trying to work out best and fastest video i can use! (BTW MOST EASIEST VIDEO CARD TO INSTALL)

Macbook air is nice. The PC equivalent needs to have the same or better specs and it NEEDS to be cheaper. Otherwise they would be missing the point of this whole rivalry.

jimmyfal said,
Macbook air is nice. The PC equivalent needs to have the same or better specs and it NEEDS to be cheaper. Otherwise they would be missing the point of this whole rivalry.

It's cause ULV's never had a big market. most people want full performance and specs from a notebook.

Noooooooooo......... bought a MacBook Air early this year... same price but this one has i5 and 2GB more RAM + backlit.... *sad panda*

:: Lyon :: said,
Noooooooooo......... bought a MacBook Air early this year... same price but this one has i5 and 2GB more RAM + backlit.... *sad panda*

I think that if you are interested in buying Apple hardware it is best to purchase just after release dates. Apple keeps their price for a product the same and updates the hardware rather frequently. I highly recommend the Apple buying guide here: http://buyersguide.macrumors.com/. It really helps so that you don't buy soon-to-be-replaced-by-an-update hardware.

:: Lyon :: said,
Noooooooooo......... bought a MacBook Air early this year... same price but this one has i5 and 2GB more RAM + backlit.... *sad panda*
If you buy anything Apple, in 2 hours it'll have a better version out.

I am really on the fence about getting Lion right away. There is no doubt I am getting it, but wondering if there are any reasons why I should hold off or just go ahead and take the plunge?

DirtyLarry said,
I am really on the fence about getting Lion right away. There is no doubt I am getting it, but wondering if there are any reasons why I should hold off or just go ahead and take the plunge?
Lion won't be really worth the upgrade until all the apps are upgraded to support its features. I'm running it on my iMac, but on my MacBook I'm waiting until 10.7.1, to give the devs time to get their apps into working order

DirtyLarry said,
I am really on the fence about getting Lion right away. There is no doubt I am getting it, but wondering if there are any reasons why I should hold off or just go ahead and take the plunge?

The only reason I can think of holding off is if you have apps that don't support Lion yet.

Although, I tried launchpad and thought it was really friggen lame...lol. Mission control is nice. I like how I can remove or add virtual desktops. I also like the fast user switching in the top right. I haven't really come across any problems yet...even after an upgrade (non-clean install).

Simon said,
Lion won't be really worth the upgrade until all the apps are upgraded to support its features. I'm running it on my iMac, but on my MacBook I'm waiting until 10.7.1, to give the devs time to get their apps into working order

I call shenanigans on that. While there are more features for application usage in Lion, the improved memory management alone is worth it for older applications, so even your existing applications will show improvements and gains running on Lion compared to Snow Leopard.

Simon said,
Lion won't be really worth the upgrade until all the apps are upgraded to support its features. I'm running it on my iMac, but on my MacBook I'm waiting until 10.7.1, to give the devs time to get their apps into working order

I call shenanigans on that. While there are more features for application usage in Lion, the improved memory management alone is worth it for older applications, so even your existing applications will show improvements and gains running on Lion compared to Snow Leopard.

However good their other products and software are, their hardware specs always seem stuck 5years behind everyone else.

dancedar said,
However good their other products and software are, their hardware specs always seem stuck 5years behind everyone else.

Whoa! You had a laptop with Sandy Bridge 5 years ago! Man! AMD totally should have hired you. And Light Peak? And SSD?

At this point, take into account the form factor, the Macbook Air is very price competitive.

DukeEsquire said,

Whoa! You had a laptop with Sandy Bridge 5 years ago! Man! AMD totally should have hired you. And Light Peak? And SSD?

At this point, take into account the form factor, the Macbook Air is very price competitive.

ohh lightpeak, how exciting. if they did have it 5 years ago maybe you'd be able to buy something that actually used it by now.

DukeEsquire said,

Whoa! You had a laptop with Sandy Bridge 5 years ago! Man! AMD totally should have hired you. And Light Peak? And SSD?.

SSDs were also available 5 years ago. I still have one from 2007 and it's still a very fast drive.

kingius said,

SSDs were also available 5 years ago. I still have one from 2007 and it's still a very fast drive.

Oh good! And you had it in an 11 inch laptop? With Sandy Bridge?

I mean, they had SSDs in some form since the 1950s. That doesn't mean it's the same thing that Apple uses; merely the same technology.

DukeEsquire said,

Oh good! And you had it in an 11 inch laptop? With Sandy Bridge?

I mean, they had SSDs in some form since the 1950s. That doesn't mean it's the same thing that Apple uses; merely the same technology.

1950s??? Link? I'd like to see that.

DukeEsquire said,

Oh good! And you had it in an 11 inch laptop? With Sandy Bridge?

I mean, they had SSDs in some form since the 1950s. That doesn't mean it's the same thing that Apple uses; merely the same technology.

No sandy bridge, I don't believe that was out then, but I did have it in a 13 inch Macbook in the same time period. It now sits in my eee PC 1000H and helps make that little system feel nice and snappy.

Rudy said,
Interesting to see that the mac mini doesn't have a dvd drive anymore! Good thing if you ask me

Yep, people really shouldn't be using computers to watch DVD's, what were they thinking.

Rudy said,
Interesting to see that the mac mini doesn't have a dvd drive anymore! Good thing if you ask me

Are you an Apple fanboy or what? Just because Apple is trying to kill of DVDs. Many use DVDs including me, like I bought the Doctor Who boxset. You don't get the same thrill just having it downloaded in iTunes as having a nice box to display.

Also it's annoying have to buy USB sticks to burn Windows onto.

TechDudeGeorge said,

Are you an Apple fanboy or what? Just because Apple is trying to kill of DVDs. Many use DVDs including me, like I bought the Doctor Who boxset. You don't get the same thrill just having it downloaded in iTunes as having a nice box to display.

Also it's annoying have to buy USB sticks to burn Windows onto.

Then don't buy the new model... Calling him an Apple fanboy was completely unnecessary.
I think it's perfectly reasonable to take it out as it will save space. I have a last gen Mini and I can't say that I've ever used the drive except for burning a few DVDs (which I can do elsewhere) and installing the OS (which can be done via a USB drive).
If somebody would seriously rely on a Mac Mini to be their DVD player, then that's their own problem.

kingius said,

Yep, people really shouldn't be using computers to watch DVD's, what were they thinking.

Hmm... I use a DVD player for my DVD's. I use computers as media centers.

kingius said,

Yep, people really shouldn't be using computers to watch DVD's, what were they thinking.

I never use my DVD drives any more. On my last Dell XPS I think I've used the DVD drive about 3 times and one time was to install the OS. I do everything via the network or USB (thumb-drives, external storage, etc.). Personally I can live without the DVD drive if it saves me space and weight but of course the same doesn't apply to everyone.

Tim Dawg said,
I never use my DVD drives any more. On my last Dell XPS I think I've used the DVD drive about 3 times and one time was to install the OS. I do everything via the network or USB (thumb-drives, external storage, etc.). Personally I can live without the DVD drive if it saves me space and weight but of course the same doesn't apply to everyone.

I've got a large collection of software on optical media; of course Jobs doesn't like that, because he can't charge me for renting what I actually own... cue his attempt to kill of optical media drives.