Apple is expected to launch a smaller, thinner version of its ultralight MacBook Air laptop at a special event later today, and give fans a glimpse of its new Mac OS X operating system.
It is thought that Apple will use the press conference to showcase Mac OS X 10.7, code-named Lion, as well as new versions of its iWork and iLife productivity and lifestyle software suites.
The MacBook Air, Apple’s ultra-thin, ultra-portable laptop, is also expected to get a new look, and will be thinner and lighter than its already impossibly slim predecessor, according to reports.
Sources have told technology website Cult of Mac that the new 13.3in computer will feature a 50 per cent bigger battery, delivering eight to 10 hours of battery life, and will weigh less than the current model’s 1.3kg. It also boots up incredibly quickly, said the source.
Some reports also suggest that Apple will unveil a smaller “netbook” version of the MacBook Air, with an 11.6in screen, but this is thought to be the more unlikely option.
Apple sent out teaser invitations to press and analysts inviting them to the special event. The invitations showed a picture of a lion, sparking speculation that Apple would use the press conference to give more details about its next-generation operating system, which is expected to follow the big cat naming theme of its predecessors and be called Lion.
It’s likely that Mac fans will also find out about Apple’s new iLife and iWork software packages, which include programs such as Keynote and Garage Band.
Apple this week announced record quarterly earnings of $20 billion, despite iPad sales that fell well below Wall Street expectations.