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Apple Updates iWork and iLife, Makes Both Free With Purchase of New Mac or iOS Device

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Mavericks was only the one part of the big updates Apple announced today. The other was with iWork and iLife. iWork is Apple’s version of Microsoft Office with apps like Pages (Apple’s version of Word), Numbers (Excel) and Keynote (PowerPoint while iLife is Apple’s famous suite of creative apps like Garage Band, iMovie and iPhoto. All are solid apps but ones that haven’t been updated in a while. With the release of OS X Mavericks Apple finally updated these apps giving them some nice redesigns and new features like the ability to have everything your working on synced in iCloud so you can use it on any device (iOS, Mac or in the case of iWork, even Windows using iCloud.com). But most importantly Apple did something completely unexpected– they made iWork for OS X free with the purchase of any new Mac and iWork for iOS free with the purchase of any new iOS device.

Apple already made iWork, iPhoto and iMovie free for new iOS devices back at the new iPhone launch last month. Making iWork free for OS X is big for anyone looking to get a new MacBook Air or Pro. With iWork available as a free download you can be ready for work right when you get your new Mac for no extra cost. When you consider that the new Office 365 costs $79 a year (for 4 years with student discount, $99 a year after), iWork being free is all the more important. Apple has lowered the price gap between getting a Mac and getting a Windows PC. Whether you were getting a Mac or PC you were probably going to get Office too but the new iWork for many will be a more the suitable replacement at no extra cost compared to paying a minimum of $320 extra for Office over 4 years with a new PC.

The new iWork and iLife apps are available to download from the Mac and iOS App Stores.

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Apple’s Streaming Today’s iPad Event

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Interested in seeing what Apple has to announce as it happens? Well you’re in luck. Apple has decided to stream todays big event on their website and you can watch it on Macs using Safari 4 (or later), Apple TV or on your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch (as long as it’s running iOS 4.2 or later). Apple’s expected to show off a lot today including updates to the iPad and iPad Mini, MacBook Pro and Mac OS X.

We’ll have what you need to know wrapped up back here but if your interested in watching what happens live you can head on over to Apple’s site here. The event kicks off in a few minutes at around 1 PM EST/10 AM PST.

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Now Is One of the Worst Times To Buy A New Computer

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With the end of the spring semester, graduations and the school year in general coming to a close over the next couple of weeks you may think that now would be a good time to buy a new computer. Graduation gifts and early back-to-school deals make that idea seem even better. Well put simply, it’s just the opposite and buying a new computer now is something you should really try not to do regardless if the next computer you plan to get is a Mac or Windows. Here’s why.

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It’s Official: Apple’s Releasing OS X Lion Tomorrow

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It looks like all the final pieces of OS X Lion are now finally coming into place. We knew the price ($29.99), we knew where to get it (Mac App Store), we knew the major new features to look forward to, and now we finally know that final missing piece: the date. Apple just announced that OS X Lion will be available tomorrow, July 20th, for all to download from the Mac App Store.

Apple of course hasn’t said anything about if there will also be new Macs to go along with the big release, but if there are you know that we’ll have all the info you need to know about them right here.

And for everything you need to know about Lion and what makes it so great make sure to check out our round-up post here.

OS X Lion Breakdown: Everything You Need To Know About Apple’s Next Big OS

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With Apple’s next big version of OS X, called Lion, seemingly set to launch any day now a lot of you want to know “what exactly is so great about Lion and what does it mean to me?” Well, we’re gonna recap everything you need to know about Lion for you right here so you’re ready for whenever it actually comes out.

Let’s get to it.

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Apple Introduces iOS 5 and OS X Lion– What You Need To Know

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It may be hard to believe but iMessage was only one of the many things unveiled by Apple this week at WWDC 2011. In addition to that major news, Apple also had a few other pretty big announcements regarding what we can expect in the next versions of iOS and OS X: iOS 5 and OS X Lion (sadly there was no new iPhone 5 announced here).  So what exactly did Apple say and what does it mean for you? Read on for the full breakdown.

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The Apple Mac App Store is Out– Get it Now for Your Snow Leopard Running Mac

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Before today, finding good apps for a Mac (or Windows for that matter) has been incredibly hard. Up until last year’s announcement at Apple’s October Mac event, there wasn’t even any word from Microsoft or Apple regarding releasing an app store for their OSes to make getting new apps on your Windows or Mac PC as easy as it is for your iPhone, Windows Phone 7, BlackBerry or Android phone. That all’s changed now, with Apple’s launch of their Mac App Store for all Macs running Mac OS X Snow Leopard. The App Store is pretty much everything you’d expect Apple to put in an App Store. It looks pretty much the exact same as the iPhone and iPad App Stores, offering an easy way to search, download and update apps using the same Apple ID you use in iTunes.

We’ve been playing with it for a little bit and we’re really liking it. As we said above, finding good apps for your computer has long been a very annoying and frustrating experience. The Mac App Store makes this process a lot easier (for both free and paid apps), with tabs along the top to let you see apps you’ve already purchased as well as updates for those apps. This means you don’t have to go searching around online to find where to get those apps you’ve had if you get a new computer. Simple, but very clutch.

But the best part here has to be that this isn’t replacing the ability to go online and download apps (though Apple of course would like you to only use their store. There was some concern online that with this update, Apple would make it harder to download and install apps straight off the internet). Instead, this is just another great, easy way to make your Mac even better.

The Mac App Store is available now as a free update for all Mac OS X Snow Leopard users. To get the App Store, click on the Apple logo in the upper left of your Mac and then go to software update, click install, and then let your Mac install and restart. That’s it!

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Apple’s Back to the Mac Roundup– Everything Else You Need to Know

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So we covered the new MacBook Air, but what about everything else Apple introduced? Well, we’ve got that fully covered here. Apple was pretty busy with a whole bunch of other cool stuff, including that new iLife ’11, the next version of OS X called Lion, and even the announcement to bring FaceTime to the Mac. We’ve got the whole thing covered for you after the break, so read on!

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Apple’s WWDC: All the Exciting New Products and Updates

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So yesterday was Apple’s WWDC conference, and like all major Apple events, quite a show was put on. A whole bunch of new info and products were announced today (here’s a hint on one new product shown off– a NEW iPHONE!). But not only that (the iPhone 3G S to be more specific), Apple also released Mac OS X 10.6 “Snow Leopard,” MacBook Updates, and iPhone OS 3.0.

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Apple's WWDC: All the Exciting New Products and Updates

apple wwdc 2009

So yesterday was Apple’s WWDC conference, and like all major Apple events, quite a show was put on. A whole bunch of new info and products were announced today (here’s a hint on one new product shown off– a NEW iPHONE!). But not only that (the iPhone 3G S to be more specific), Apple also released Mac OS X 10.6 “Snow Leopard,” MacBook Updates, and iPhone OS 3.0.

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