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Apple has just released new and updated hardware – the MacBook Air, Mac Mini and the world’s first display to feature the new Thunderbolt high-speed input/output technology.

The new MacBook Air and Mac Mini will both be running the new OS X Lion operating system which has also just become available in the Mac App Store.

OS X Lion is priced at $31.99 and is being offered for the first time as a download rather than a physical disk. The file is 3.49GB in size.  

OS X LION

The first major software upgrade since Snow Leopard, Lion has many new features.

These include include multi-touch gestures and full screen apps to advantage of your Mac’s entire screen.

Mission Control control givers users a bird’s eye view of the entire system for easy access to apps, documents and your desktop.

Launchpad puts all of your apps in a grid on the screen in the same may users look at them on an iPad.

OS X Lion is available now from the App Store as a 3.49GB download

Mail has also been given an overhaul with a new widescreen layout, improved search and conversations to group messages more easily.

There is also Auto Save, Resume which re-opens apps exactly as you left them along with AirDrop which creates one to one wireless connections to share files.

MACBOOK AIR

Apple’s ultra thin laptop just got a lot better with new Intel Core i5 and i7 processors which provides a performance that’s up to 2.5 times faster.

The device now features Thunderbolt I/O port which now replaces the mini display port.

The MacBook Air, with OS X Lion on board, now has a backlit keyboard – a feature conspicuous by its absence on the previous model.

The new 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air

It is available with an 11-inch or 13-inch screen and can be custom built with an 1.8Ghz Dual Core Intel Core i7 processor.

MacBook Air 11-inch 1.6Ghz dual core Intel Core i5, 2GB RAM, 64GB flash storage – $1099.

MacBook Air 11-inch 1.6Ghz dual core Intel Core i5, 4GB RAM, 128GB flash storage – $1349.

MacBook Air 13-inch 1.7Ghz dual core Intel Core i5, 4GB RAM, 128GB flash memory – $1449.

MacBook Air 13-inch 1.7Ghz dual core Intel Core i5, 4GB RAM, 256GB flash memory – $1799.

MAC MINI

If your happy with your current monitor and keyboard and still want a Mac then the Mac Mini is the product for you.

The new Mac Mini has the new dual core Intel Core i5 and i7 processors to make them up to twice as fast as the previous model.

The Mac Mini has also inherited the Thunderbolt I/O port for high speed movement of large files and video.

The new Mac Mini with OS X Lion on board

Sized at just 19.7cm square and 3.6cm thick, the Mac Mini can fit easily on any desktop and now features an removable panel makes it easy to add even more memory.

The Mac Mini, also with OS X Lion pre-installed, can also be easily connected to a HDTV using an HDMI cable.

Mac Mini 2.3Ghz dual core Intel Core i5, 2GB RAM, Intel HD Graphics 3000, 500GB hard drive – $699.

Mac Mini 2.5Ghz dual core Intel Core i5, 4GB RAM, AMD Radeon HD 6630M, 500GB hard drive – $899.

APPLE THUNDERBOLT 27-INCH DISPLAY

With Thunderbolt on board, Apple’s new 17-inch display is fastest in the world when it is connected to a Mac with a Thunderbolt I/O port.

The display has LED backlit screen with a dazzling resolution of 2560 x 1440 along with a FaceTime HD camera and high quality speakers.

Apple's new 27-inch Thunderbolt display connected to a MacBook Air

There are also three USB ports, a Firewire 800 port and Ethernet alongside the Thunderbolt port.

Apple Thunderbolt Display – 27-inch – $1199.

Stay tuned to Tech Guide in the coming days for reviews for OS Lion and all the new Apple hardware.