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-What's happening! Brian Tong here and welcome to the Apple Byte. It's all the good and bad stuff inside the world of apple. So, let's get to the show. Now, is a big week this week for all the Apple fan boys. I even saw 2 grown men cry about the news and unfortunately, I'm away at Comic-on 2011, but we wanna showcase some of the goodies. So, let's check out what everyone has been waiting for the new MacBook Airs. - I'm Dan Ackerman and we are here taking a very first look at the latest version of Apple's 13-inch MacBook Air. Now, physically from the outside if you'd open up the box, this looks a heck of a lot like the previous MacBook Air and in fact physically it's pretty much the same box except that this guy has a backlit keyboard something that was in the original Air missing from the second generation now back here again and the other big changes. I'm gonna show you right here on the side. This DisplayPort jack right here on the back is now a Thunderbolt-compatible jack. So, that you can hook up a display to it but you can also hook up Thunderbolt peripherals if you happen to ran across in there or couple of hard drives and Apple's gonna have a really nice looking big laptop oriented monitor later on in the summer that you can actually connect this directly too and that's gonna have an internet port and a FireWire and some other jacks. That through that single Thunderbolt connection, you can now access from your laptop. Under the hood, the biggest change with this latest generation of MacBook Air systems is the move from Intel Core-2 Duo CPUs to the latest second generation Core i-Series that's a two-generation leap for the processor. You've got Core i5 in the 11-inch and the 13-inch MacBooks and in both of those, you can actually upgrade to the faster core i7 processors. These are all the low-voltage versions and you've got to start with the more expensive upgraded base models for both of those in order to get that core i7 processor. As it is just start out with a 128 GB Solid State Drive in the 13-inch version and 4 GB of RAM or you can upgrade that to a 256 GB Solid State Drive which should be big enough for just about everybody. Once you start doing that, your MacBook Air can get a little bit expensive. We've still got the same 16x10 display. They haven't move to 16x9 yet on the 13-inch models. The gigantic multi-track touchpad is the same. They have however add it for the OS X Lion operating system upgrade that comes with these. A bunch of new gestures that took us a little while to get used too but of bunches that were actually pretty useful and you're gonna have to train yourself to use those instead of some of the previous versions of these Multi-Touch Gestures. So, here's a quick peak at some of the new gestures that you're gonna have to get used to in order to use a new MacBook Air or really any Mac laptop that has the OS X Lion operating system upgrade. The two fingers scroll still works. It still works really great going up and down the web pages. Now, in order to move a window around, we used to double-tap here and move it much like you would on a Windows PC. Now, it just take three fingers and then you can move your Windows around very easily just like that. The Four Finger Gesture still gives you a big overview. They called it as a Mission Control View now. I'm sure with all the different apps you have opened and let's you set up alternative desktops. The biggest change for me was getting back to your desktop. You pick your thumb and three fingers and then you pinch out from there and that expose your desktop and you reverse that to go back the other way and you do that reverse again and that takes you to what they call the Launch Pad which looks very much like your iOS, your iPad, or iPhone collection of apps and these are all the apps that either come pre-installed or you get through the Apple App Store and then you just pinch the other way to get back to your regular desktop. So, following the traditional Apple upgrade cycle, what they have done is they've kept the price with the same $12.99 and $15.99 for the two different base models of the 13-inch MacBook Air while upgrading the components inside most notably of course that core i5 processor and the Thunderbolt port. I'm Dan Ackerman and that is Apple's new 13-inch MacBook Air. -You guys, I cannot wait to make out without thinking I can see its face in the dark with the backlit keyboard. Now, I also wanna mind tongue wrestling with a line. That's Mac OS X line for you disgusting psychos out there seriously. Well, it's here. So, let's take a look with Jason Parker. - Hello, everyone. Apple has finally unleashed the lion. That's Mac OS X Lion and it's available today at the Mac App Store. But, is it worth the upgrade for everyone? I'm Jason Parker from CNET and this is a first look at Apple's newest operating system Mac OS X Lion. We had the chance to sit down and check out many of the new features. And we're impressed with what we've seen so far. To get started, Multi-Touch gestures figure prominently in Mac OS X Lion, letting you swipe, pinch and tap your way through many of the operating system's news features. For example, a 3-finger swipe upwards brings up the new mission control where you can see everything that's currently running along with associated windows that have the running apps icon at the button. Simply click on any window to bring it to the front. As another example, and so far you will now be able to go back or forward through your history on a browser tab with a 2-finger swipe. All the Multi-Touch gestures feel very natural and, Apple says it's because they've added new, more responsive animations. Notice how you can swipe the Safari page exactly as much or as little as you want. Mac OS X Lion, now offers full screen apps that feature many windows users have seen as a major disappointment in the Mac OS over the years. Now, you can click on the diagonal arrows icon in the upper right corner of a window to quickly switch to full-screen. Once, in full-screen your 3-finger horizontal swipe switches between full-screen apps and desktops. Speaking of desktops, the spaces feature has been elegantly worked into mission control as well. If you wanna create a second desktop just click and drag a window or set of windows to the icon at the upper right. Now, with a 3-finger horizontal swipe you will be able to switch between open apps and newly created desktops. Oh, and also new to Lion, one further 3-finger swipe to the right now gets you to the widget dashboard. It's no secret that iOS devices have been a huge success for Apple and along with touch screen features, some iOS interface elements snuck into Lion as well. Launchpad gives you another option for quickly showing all your apps and it looks just like the way apps were laid out in the iOS. Bring up Launchpad by hitting the icon in the Dock or by doing a 3-finger and thumb pinch motion. Just like the iPhone, you can click and hold an app to get into jiggle mode then either move apps around or create folders by dropping an app on another apps icon. You still have the option to search for apps in the finder and still can create an application folder in the Dock, but if you like that iOS look, Launchpad is the way to go. One of the biggest upgrades for Lion is one of the most important apps of all - Mail, Apple's e-mail app. Now, the layout closely resembles the e-mail experience on the iPad with your message list on the left and message content on the right. The new Mail app now has a Favorites bar for one click access to your most used folders. You can still do it the old way if you want, however by hitting the Show button in the upper left to bring up the standard folder structure. Also, just like iOS devices, you'll now be able to view message through excess conversations. And numbered next to the message shows how many messages have been sent in a conversation. Once clicked, each conversation shows separate boxes for each supply that's both nice-looking and makes it less confusing to quickly read through. Searching e-mail got a huge upgrade as well. Now, when you type in a name for example Mail offers suggestions based on what's in your inbox. But, even better they create search tokens. When you click a suggestion it creates a token. This way, you can refine your search by first creating a token of the name then add a month say, then a subject and get only the mail that came from that person in that month and with that subject. This will make searching for that mystery e-mail much easier than before. Apple also made it easier to share files with those nearby. Where once you needed to e-mail or send a file via check line you'll now be able to use AirDrop. Simply choose AirDrop from the Finder and you'll be able to see nearby users where you can drag and drop a file to their avatar. We have one word for this, finally. Even though the Mac App Store was introduced as an update in Snow Leopard, it's important to talk about here because it's the only place you can buy and download Lion for 29.99. Unfortunately, this means that if you skip over Snow Leopard, you'll still have to buy it for $29 in order to get the Mac App Store to download Lion. We can see why Apple did it this way, but frankly it doesn't seem fair to those who chose not to buy Snow Leopard. Overall, Mac OS X Lion is a solid upgrade that comes with more than 250 new features. We can't list them all here. But, be sure to check out our full review at download.com. This is Jason Parker for CNET. Thanks for watching our first look at Mac OS X Lion. See you next time. -So, that's some sweet news and we'll talk about all the other things they announce later next week show, but the only thing that make this week better would if I was sent to the biggest and baddest pop culture sci-fi fantasy comic book convention which I am-- Alright, let's check out some of those e-mails I asked for and everything here is fair game. Thomas [unk] writes in with I got a request, "Can you please share your favorite flavor of Pop-Tarts?" Thanks. Cherry Thomas, has to be Cherry, but our building only has strawberry, but one thing is we also have 25 cents [unk] that's really the reason why I wanted to work here. Now, Andrea [unk] as you be, on the last episode, you said that you know, the Mac OS X 10.7's release date or you couldn't tell or you would get fired. Now, the only way you could know is if you work for Apple. So, do you work for Apple? Of course, I work for Apple. You know, there's a reason why they don't want me to be at press conferences and if you watch the show clearly, you know, that all I do is suck their teeth something like the bad apple or calling them idiots. You know, they more than happy to call me as one of their employees, but I did work for them in retail years ago as photo model, I know pretty hot. Now, our last e-mail comes Richie Lim. Hi Brian, I've wanting to get a MacBook Pro, should I buy one now. Now, Apple just rolled their new MacBook Pro at the end of February, which typically see a release a little over every 6 months or so. So, you're still ways away. I personally would wait it out for the new or redesigned, but we might see those in the next [unk]. So, if you guys can wait it out, wait it out, and for also of you asking about, you know, these threads on my clothes. I've told you before in one of your past e-mail episodes. So, if you can find it and name at least 3 of the brands that I like to wear, the luck winner will win the aluminum Bluetooth keyboard case for the iPad 2 MIC Gadget. They hook to sup with one. It's a $50 value, so get on it. Alright, that's gonna do for this week's show. We'll be back wit all new news, but in the meantime send your e-mails to the Apple Byte at CNET.com. I'm Brian Tong, thanks for watching and we'll see you next week for another byte of the Apple.