Monday, July 11, 2011

The New MacBook Air Part III : Software

Mac OS X. The world’s most advanced operating system.

At the heart of every MacBook Air — and every Mac — is Mac OS X, an operating system custom made for the Intel multicore processors and advanced graphics inside. The latest version, Mac OS X Snow Leopard, is based on an entirely 64-bit architecture and so are virtually all of the applications that come with a Mac. Translation: everything you do on your MacBook Air happens with dramatic speed and incredible overall performance.

Powerful applications that are easy to use.

Because Apple makes MacBook Air and the software that comes on it, everything works together perfectly. Becoming familiar with Apple applications takes almost no time because they all work in similar ways. So once you get the hang of one application, it takes little or no effort to master the others. And Apple understands portable productivity. Which is why we include features — like Exposé and Spaces — to help you access everything on your MacBook Air easily. With one keystroke or gesture, Exposé instantly tiles all your open windows, scales them down and neatly arranges them in a grid, so you can see what’s in every single one. And Spaces lets you group windows together within their own desktop or space, that you can move between quickly. Create a space for work, a space for play, a space for whatever you like. Together, Exposé and Spaces give you a big advantage when you’re multi-tasking on a small screen.

Even the everyday stuff is amazing.

Unlike a lot of PC notebooks, MacBook Air comes with everything you need to send email, manage your calendar, organise your contacts and more. And it’s ready to do all these things minutes after you take it out of the box. That’s because every Mac comes with Mail for sending and receiving email, iCal for managing appointments and important events, Address Book for organising your contacts, iTunes for all things entertainment and other fun and useful applications that’ll have you wondering how you ever lived without them.


Mac security features.

A Mac takes strong measures to keep your digital world as safe as possible.
  • Defense against viruses
    and malware
  • Download alerts
  • Automatic security updates
  • Parental controls
  • Antiphishing alerts
  • Password Assistant

One thing a Mac doesn’t do:
Get PC viruses.

Trojan horses, worms, email viruses. The digital world can be a scary place. Thankfully, a Mac isn’t susceptible to the thousands of viruses plaguing Windows-based computers. Mac OS X comes with built-in defenses that keep you safe, without any work on your part. And when a potential security threat arises, Apple responds quickly by providing software updates and security enhancements you can download automatically and install with a click.

Wireless networking made pick-and-choose easy.

Connecting to a wireless network with your MacBook Air couldn’t be easier.1 One click of the AirPort icon in the menu bar gives you a list of available Wi-Fi networks. Select the one you want to join and you’re up and running.

Automatic backup saves the day.
And the week, month and year.

Backing up is essential. Yet you probably don’t do it as often as you should. That’s why your MacBook Air bears the burden of backing up for you. Time Machine, an application that comes on every Mac, automatically backs up your entire system to your external hard drive or Time Capsule. Time Machine keeps a spare copy of every file and it also remembers how your system looked on a given day. So you can revisit your Mac as it appeared in the past.

iPhoto. The Mac way to organise, edit and share your photos.

iPhoto is an easy-to-use photo application that makes it fast and fun to organise and find your pictures, as well as make them look their absolute best. With features like Faces, Places and Events, iPhoto helps you keep track of your photos by who’s in them, where you were and when you took them — all in an immersive full-screen view. Use quick and simple editing tools to make so-so shots picture perfect with just a few clicks. iPhoto even lets you share your photos with the world with beautiful photo books and letterpress cards or online via Facebook, MobileMe and Flickr.

iMovie. Turn your home movies into home blockbusters.

Don’t settle for boring home movies. With iMovie, you can transform the videos you shoot into your very own indie flicks. Create a Hollywood-style trailer that’ll make your audience laugh, cry and cheer for more. If you know how to drag and drop, you can make a movie in iMovie. It comes with Apple-designed themes that look fun and professional. Just choose one and iMovie does the rest, adding animated titles and sophisticated transitions automatically. Customise your screen gem further with your own words and audio.


GarageBand. Put the spotlight on your inner rock star.

Whether you’re musically gifted or mostly curious, GarageBand is the application for you. Plug in your electric guitar or USB music keyboard and get ready to rock with virtual replicas of the most revered amps and stompboxes in the world, as well as over 100 software instruments. Just because you didn’t grow up learning your A, B and C sharp doesn’t mean you can’t. Basic Lessons teach you just that: the basics. Choose from 40 lessons that cover blues guitar, rock guitar, classical piano, pop piano and more. Or get a private lesson from one of your musical heroes, like Sting or Death Cab for Cutie, with Artist Lessons.2 GarageBand even tells you how well you’re playing in real time with a feature called “How Did I Play?”

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