It's official, Apple's OS X Lion and revamped MacBook Airs will indeed be hitting stores this week---tomorrow, to be exact. During Apple's Q3 earnings call today, Apple Chief Operating officer Peter Oppenheimer confirmed that OS X Lion will be available on the Mac App Store starting this Wednesday and that revamped MacBook Airs will be arriving at the same time with OS X Lion pre-installed.
When Apple first previewed the next-gen flagship film editing software, Final Cut Pro X, back in April, it was touted as a "jaw-dropping" completely revamped 64-bit masterpiece. And, all for an amazing never before seen low price. However, since its debut last week, loyal users that went for the upgrade have indeed jaw-dropped but not in a good way. Luckily, many that complained were able to get refunds, something not typical of Mac App Store sales.
Apple's flagship film editing software finally got its long awaited update with the release of Final Cut Pro X yesterday only to face heavy criticism. The new version was rebuilt from the ground up to be a 64-bit application boasting more power and features all with a lower price. But, it turns out a lot of features pros have come to expect were cut out during the process. In response, Apple reportedly claims to release updates for improvements and missing features every six months.
Apple has released Final Cut Pro X, the latest version of the company's professional video editing app. Available for download immediately from the Mac App Store, where it's priced at $299.99, Final Cut Pro X introduces a new Magnetic Timeline which allows for easier placement and rearrangement of clips, rather than the strict timeline in previous versions of the app. There's also two new companion apps, Motion 5 for professional motion graphics and Compressor 4 for advanced media encoding, which are available as individual downloads priced at $49.99 each.
As expected, Apple has kicked off its "Back to School" promotion for 2011, and rather than cheaper - or free - iPods as in previous years, the company is offering a software deal instead. Qualifying students, their parents or faculty members buying a new iMac, MacBook, MacBook Pro or MacBook Air between now and late September will get a $100 Back to School Card to use on the Mac App Store, the App Store, the iTunes Store, and the iBookstore.
It's that summer sales season right now that gives students two months to pick up all the goodies they need to kick off the next school year. Rumors for Apple's back-to-school deal have been floating around since before WWDC 2011, and now new evidence seems to confirm that the promotion will kick off tomorrow.
Apple’s WWDC 2011 keynote has just kicked off and the first topic of the day is Mac OS X Lion. Looks like they may be going in the same order as the icons are shown in their big event banner. The Mac OS X update has so far included new mult-touch gestures, full screen apps, and a new feature called Mission Control. However, there are also some major changes in OS X Lion for the Mac App Store.
Amazon has just opened the doors for its new Mac Download Store, which is in direct competition with Apple's own Mac App Store. Amazon has been going after Apple on several fronts lately, including the iTunes assault with $0.69 chart toppers to the recent $0.99 Lady Gaga album. In similar fashion, the new Mac Download Store will attempt to do everything the Mac App Store does, but better.
This morning, we are looking forward to the Samsung Event at 4pm EST. Will it be the Infuse? Will they announce a date for the Galaxy S II for the US? The hot new phone has been selling like crazy in South Korea, and our review unit knocked our socks off. We'll be sure to let you know what happens at the event. Meanwhile, Samsung has revealed a "hybrid tablet" with SENS-240 navigation. But how useful is it, really? The incomparable Chris Davies has a great column this morning analyzing Verizon's Bliss "phone for ladies". Really Verizon? Aren't we ladies smart enough to download our own apps? Also, Acer news, ARM chips, Microsoft denying updates and taking on Apple (again), the NOOKcolor 3G, Anonymous and other hackers, and much more after the cut.