From new MacBook Air models, FaceTime for the Mac, a preview of Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, and a barrel of iLife upgrades, Apple delivered the goods at its 'Back to the Mac' event. See what's new.

Apple took a break from iPhones and iPads this week, to reveal its new Mac software and hardware.

Still, Apple knows the importance of iOS, so it's no surprise that elements of the iPad crept into the next version of OS X, called Lion, and a refreshed MacBook Air. Read on for a closer look at Apple's announcements.

An app store for Mac

Don't panic; the Mac App Store won't be the only way get OS X software, but it will allow for one-click purchasing and installation, update notifications and the ability to re-download apps on every Mac you own.

Facetime

Facetime is now available in beta for Macs. It works between other Macs, iPhones and iPod Touches, using the Address Book for contacts. Any bets on whether an iPad with front-facing camera will follow?

  1. Take a break from iPhones and iPads
  2. Mac OS X Lion
  3. Full-screen apps
  4. MacBook Air
  5. MacBook Air specs
  6. iLife '11
  7. iPhoto books
  8. Garage Band

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From new MacBook Air models, FaceTime for the Mac, a preview of Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, and a barrel of iLife upgrades, Apple delivered the goods at its 'Back to the Mac' event. See what's new.

Mac OS X Lion

Lion is eighth major version of Mac OS X, following Snow Leopard in 2009, but precise pricing and launch details were not announced. Apple says Lion will arrive next summer.

Lion: Launch Pad

Just like the iPad, Macs running Lion will get a grid of apps, which appear when clicking a "LaunchPad" button in the dock.

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  1. Take a break from iPhones and iPads
  2. Mac OS X Lion
  3. Full-screen apps
  4. MacBook Air
  5. MacBook Air specs
  6. iLife '11
  7. iPhoto books
  8. Garage Band

From new MacBook Air models, FaceTime for the Mac, a preview of Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, and a barrel of iLife upgrades, Apple delivered the goods at its 'Back to the Mac' event. See what's new.

Lion: Full-screen apps

Lion offers an alternative to the familiar windows and taskbars. Mac users can blow up an app to cover the whole screen, and swipe between other full-screen apps with a trackpad.

Lion: Mission Control

The so-called 'Mission Control' is basically an expanded version of Exposé, showing a birds-eye view of open windows, Spaces, full-screen apps and the dashboard.

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  1. Take a break from iPhones and iPads
  2. Mac OS X Lion
  3. Full-screen apps
  4. MacBook Air
  5. MacBook Air specs
  6. iLife '11
  7. iPhoto books
  8. Garage Band

From new MacBook Air models, FaceTime for the Mac, a preview of Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, and a barrel of iLife upgrades, Apple delivered the goods at its 'Back to the Mac' event. See what's new.

MacBook Air

Before introducing the newest Mac, Steve Jobs asked: "What would happen if a MacBook met an iPad?" This is it, apparently. They do look a little bit similar.

MacBook Air: dimensions

The MacBook Air's claim to fame is portability. Both sizes measure 0.68in at their thickest point. The smaller Air measures 11.8in tall, 7.56in deep and weighs just under 1kg. The larger Air measures 12.8x8.94in, and weighs just over 1kg.

NEXT PAGE: MacBook Air specs

  1. Take a break from iPhones and iPads
  2. Mac OS X Lion
  3. Full-screen apps
  4. MacBook Air
  5. MacBook Air specs
  6. iLife '11
  7. iPhoto books
  8. Garage Band

From new MacBook Air models, FaceTime for the Mac, a preview of Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, and a barrel of iLife upgrades, Apple delivered the goods at its 'Back to the Mac' event. See what's new.

MacBook Air: specs

All MacBook Airs have Intel Core 2 Duo processors, ranging from 1.4GHz to 2.13GHz, and 2GB of DDR3 RAM. Storage is all solid state, of course, and starts at 64GB for the smaller Air, and 128GB for the larger, with options for double the capacity in each. The smaller and larger models have five hour and seven hour batteries, respectively. Here's the full rundown for each model.

MacBook Air: pricing

The 11in Air starts at £849 with 64GB capacity, and add £150 for double storage. The 13in Air starts at £1,099 for 128 GB, and add £250 for double storage. Netbooks, they are not.

NEXT PAGE: iLife '11

  1. Take a break from iPhones and iPads
  2. Mac OS X Lion
  3. Full-screen apps
  4. MacBook Air
  5. MacBook Air specs
  6. iLife '11
  7. iPhoto books
  8. Garage Band

From new MacBook Air models, FaceTime for the Mac, a preview of Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, and a barrel of iLife upgrades, Apple delivered the goods at its 'Back to the Mac' event. See what's new.

iLife '11

All new Macs will now include iLife 11, which has improvements to iPhoto, iMovie and GarageBand. For everyone else, the software costs £45, unless you bought a new computer on or after October 1, in which case the update costs £9.95.

iLife: iPhoto

The new iPhoto lets users share images by email; tag and post photos to Facebook directly from the app; and create photo books and letterpress cards that can be ordered as hard copies. Slideshows now have animated themes with their own music.

NEXT PAGE: iPhoto books

  1. Take a break from iPhones and iPads
  2. Mac OS X Lion
  3. Full-screen apps
  4. MacBook Air
  5. MacBook Air specs
  6. iLife '11
  7. iPhoto books
  8. Garage Band

From new MacBook Air models, FaceTime for the Mac, a preview of Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, and a barrel of iLife upgrades, Apple delivered the goods at its 'Back to the Mac' event. See what's new.

iLife: iPhoto books

iPhoto puts photo bookmaking right on your desktop with themed templates that let you choose background color, font, and layout. You can even run images up to the page's edges for a full-bleed two-page effect.

iLife: iMovie

How cute. iMovie now includes a movie trailer creator, with fancy graphics and titles. More functional features include audio editing, one-click special effects and a people finder that detects faces and the style of shot (close-up, wide-angle and so on).

NEXT PAGE: Garage Band

  1. Take a break from iPhones and iPads
  2. Mac OS X Lion
  3. Full-screen apps
  4. MacBook Air
  5. MacBook Air specs
  6. iLife '11
  7. iPhoto books
  8. Garage Band

From new MacBook Air models, FaceTime for the Mac, a preview of Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, and a barrel of iLife upgrades, Apple delivered the goods at its 'Back to the Mac' event. See what's new.

iLife: Garage Band

GarageBand are a host of toe-tapping new features including Flex Time (for keeping songs in rhythm), Groove Machine (a rhythm matching tool), Guitar Amps and Effects, and new Basic Lessons for learning how to play piano and guitar.

iLife: Garage Band's biggest new feature

GarageBand's biggest new features are arguably Flex Time and Groove Matching, both of which are intended to fix bad rhythm. The former alters the speed of an entire recording to alleviate timing mistakes, while the latter quantises all tracks to a single groove. Other features include new guitar effects, more piano and guitar lessons and a rating system for lessons.

See also: How to use FaceTime for Mac

  1. Take a break from iPhones and iPads
  2. Mac OS X Lion
  3. Full-screen apps
  4. MacBook Air
  5. MacBook Air specs
  6. iLife '11
  7. iPhoto books
  8. Garage Band