Back to Mac, my impressions

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New UI stuff in Mac OS X 10.7, more iPad/iOS-like functionality - for better and worse. It seems the mac has had a perfectly viable place to put your easy to get to apps in - why Launchpad? New ways to handle full-screen apps are nice I suppose. But way too little information - and release next summer seems awfully far away. Any news to Mail? iCal? Finder? Seems the news was only UI "fluff". Also - "mission control" was a pretty lame name.
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iLife 11 is sweet - not a mention of either iDVD (understandable) or iWeb - and the homepage specifically says they are version 09, so... that may account for the smaller pricetag I suppose. Are iWeb and iDVD on the way out completely? I ordered it directly, and though I've moved to Aperture and don't play (enough) music, the new iMove is worth the pricetag alone. Movie trailers seemed awesome.
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The new Macbook Air is awesome though. Smaller, leaner, cheeper and better battery life. I may just get this one. I have no need for a large Macbook Pro anymore.
But hey! A 11" Macbook Air? Wait, what? That's now officially a *netbook* which Apple critized heavily not six months ago. Shorter battery life, slower CPU. While not dustbin-low specs as many wintel netbooks, that's clearly still a netbook.
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Facetime for OSX (not Windows!?) beta. Facetime is still a stupid thing entirely as far as I'm concerned. But it was seemless to download, install and hook up a facetime call with a iPhone owner. Really slick. But Why. The. Fuck. Not. Via. iChat? A new app? Really? Sigh.
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App Store for apps - I've said it many times. It's the obvious idea and the only question is why it took so long. I just hope it supports trial periods, beta versions and stuff like that. Plus - with Apple taking 30% of the revenue, chances are that app prices may actually be higher through the store since sideloading is still an option. I'm assuming that 30% of the app isn't distribution, so the only reason for developers to go Mac AppStore is for exposure, ratings and such.
I was most amazed by the Macbook Air, and I look forward to OSX Lion in spite of the sparse information found in the Keynote.
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