Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 20th Oct 2010 19:02 UTC
Apple So, Apple held its usual autumn press get-together just now, and after a few rather uninspiring ones (to me, at least), they finally managed to blow me away, with the new MacBook Air (especially the 11.6" variant). They also gave a sneak peek at Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, which has... An App Store. An App Store Apple is going to open on Snow Leopard within 90 days.
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by Neolander on Wed 20th Oct 2010 20:30 UTC
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The experiment is done, and Apple went in the direction I planned. Though they didn't go as extreme as I said right away, probably because it would have resulted in instant user riot.

My prediction : they'll progressively make future macs run iOS, and begin with turning the Macbook Air into a bigger iPad since no one cares about it anyway.

The facts : well, no touchscreen on the Macbook air right now, but that soldered flash memory, together with the non-removable battery introduced some times ago, and the disappearance of optical drive since the beginning of the Air line, clearly shows where future Apple hardware is heading, I think.

But where my previsions are most successful is with this new release of OSX. Let's see : praising the virtues of full screen applications, introducing an App Store, application menu... The only thing we lack is a hardware home button at the bottom of the screen.

This clearly is clearly a transitional release of Mac OS X aiming at a general move of the Mac line to iOS. Anyone arguing the contrary is a blatant and dishonest liar.

I'm still curious to see how many Apple users will buy this and let their main computer gradually become as closed and tightly-controlled as a phone.

Edited 2010-10-20 20:31 UTC

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