Apple expected to unveil new Mac OS X and MacBook Air


Apple expected to unveil new Mac OS X and MacBook Air

Jenny Williams

Apple's "Back to the Mac" press conference taking place this evening has sparked rumours of the launch of a new version of its MacBook Air laptop and operating system (OS), Mac OS X.

Internet reports suggest a "sneak preview" will be given of the Mac OS X 10.7, codenamed Lion, while new versions of software suites, iWork and iLife will be launched. According to the, Apple could unveil a netbook version of the Macbook Air.

Other reports said the new Mac OS X will incorporate user interface features of Apple's iOS. "According to our source, iOS influence is visible in the new OS user interface, but it's still very much Aqua-based. Apple took some elements from iOS and applied them to OS X, trying to blend everything nicely," reported weblog, MacStories.

Apple's press conference will be held at the Town Hall on Apple's Cupertino Campus on 20 October and begins at 10am Pacific time (5pm GMT). The conference will be streamed live from Apple's website.

Apple reported its highest-ever quarterly earnings this week for the 2010 fiscal fourth quarter, boosted by sales of iPhones and iPads.

In the quarter, Apple sold 14.1 million iPhones, up 91% on the same period the year before, and 3.89 million Macs, up 27%.

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