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article imageApple unveils Safari 4, new MacBook Pro, and more on Snow Leopard

By Brenton Currie     Jun 8, 2009 in Technology
Apple amongst other launches, Apple has announced the release of Safari 4, new MacBook Pro, upgrades on most other MacBooks and more information on the Snow Leopard operating system.
The MacBook Pro now comes in a new 15-inch model, with a better battery life, dumps its ExpressCard in favour of an SD card slot, 3.06GHz Intel processor, up to 8GB of expandable memory and can be fitted out to hold up to 500GB of data starting at $1,699USD.
The 17-inch model is also receiving an upgrade, adding a new 2.8GHz of processing power and a 500GB hard drive at $2,499USD. The 13-inch model also now has seven hour battery life, and it will also get a new high-color display, along with an SD card slot as well as a FireWire 800 port. Both will be available starting Monday.
Apple's MacBook Air also received a small upgrade, now selling for $1,499USD with a 1,86GHz processor or with a 128GB solid state drive,starting at $1,799USD.
And along with the hardware upgrades, Apple also announced the release of their new Safari browser, which has been in beta for some time now. Apple claims it executes JavaScript nearly eight times faster than IE 8 and more than four times faster than Firefox 3. Also, it features Top Sites, for a visual preview of frequently visited and favorite pages; Full History Search, to search through titles, web addresses and the complete text of recently viewed pages; and Cover Flow, to flip through web history or bookmarks.
Safari 4 It's available in full now from Apple's website for download.
Also in focus was talk on Snow Leopard - and Bertrand Serlet told the crowd
"Windows 7 is just another version of Vista... We have a different approach. We're ''proud of Leopard."
He also announced that it is up to 45% faster to install Snow Leopard on systems, and that it is 'crash resistant'.
QuickTime also got an update to version 10, with Apple adding a new logo, more efficiency and HTTP streaming along with the ability to edit video within the QuickTime player.
And in a first for Apple, it announced that Snow Leopard will work with Microsoft Exchange email server, a long awaited feature which will be implemented in Mail, iCal, and Address Book in Snow Leopard.
Pricing for Snow Leopard was revealed - for current owners of Leopard systems, the price is a measly $29USD or for the Family Pack upgrade a cost of $49 and will be available in September this year.
Apple also announced the new iPhone 3G S - you can read more about it here.
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