Going Apple….

Mac to the Future – OC’s Mobile Learning goes Apple

White MacbookIn 2001, Oklahoma Christian launched a mobile computing initiative. This campus-wide 1-to-1 mobile computing program was the first in the state of Oklahoma and one of very few throughout the nation. Over the last six years, this program has helped to ensure that students have the technology necessary to combine digital fluency with the strengths of a liberal arts education.

Today, Oklahoma Christian University continues to look toward the future and the role of technology in teaching and learning. Understanding the technology needs and expectations of students and faculty continues to be the key to the success of this mobile learning initiative.

This summer, all faculty and all new students attending New Student Orientations will be issued a new Apple MacBook. Current students also will be given the opportunity to trade in their PC laptop for an Apple MacBook. This MacBook mobile learning initiative and the reliable campus-wide wireless infrastructure will allow OC to continue to provide opportunities for anytime, anywhere access to media-rich distributed course content.

IPhoneIn addition to the MacBook, the University will be able to offer students an option of either an Apple iPhone or iPod touch. The University is providing this option with the understanding that some students will not want to activate the iPhone with the associated service contract and costs, while others will prefer the iPhone and the added capabilities. The student will be responsible for the activation of the iPhone with the service provider.

The vision of incorporating instructional technology tools into teaching and learning is critical to our future success and the success of our graduates. We are excited about this new phase of mobile learning at Oklahoma Christian University and will continue to search for ways to enhance teaching and learning.

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MacBook Air

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Introducing MacBook Air. The world’s thinnest notebook.

MacBook Air is ultrathin, ultraportable, and ultra unlike anything else. But you don’t lose inches and pounds overnight. It’s the result of rethinking conventions. Of multiple wireless innovations. And of breakthrough design. With MacBook Air, mobile computing suddenly has a new standard.

Design

What makes the
Air so thin?

MacBook Air is nearly as thin as your index finger. Practically every detail that could be streamlined has been. Yet it still has a 13.3-inch widescreen LED display, full-size keyboard, and large multi-touch trackpad. It’s incomparably portable without the usual ultraportable screen and keyboard compromises.
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So many innovations.
So little space.

The incredible thinness of MacBook Air is the result of numerous size- and weight-shaving innovations. From a slimmer hard drive to strategically hidden I/O ports to a lower-profile battery, everything has been considered and reconsidered with thinness in mind.

Wireless

Built for the
wireless world.

MacBook Air is designed and engineered to take full advantage of the wireless world. A world in which 802.11n Wi-Fi is now so fast and so available, people are truly living untethered — buying and renting movies online, downloading software, and sharing and storing files on the web.

Without wires, you’re free to go anywhere.

MacBook Air is the notebook that allows for a fully wireless lifestyle. It all starts with the fastest-available, next-generation 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR built in. And that’s just the beginning of the unprecedented wireless capabilities of MacBook Air.

Ahead of the curve.

In redefining thin, MacBook Air has shed something you no longer need: the optical drive. That’s because MacBook Air is built for the wireless world. So instead of watching DVDs, you can rent movies wirelessly from the iTunes Store. And instead of backing up files to a stack of discs, you can back up files wirelessly using Apple’s new Time Capsule.
However, for those times when you still need to install software on MacBook Air from a CD or DVD, a new feature called Remote Disc lets you wirelessly use or “borrow” the optical drive of a Mac or PC in the vicinity. So you can have full access to an optical drive without having to haul one around.

Remote Disc: How it works.

iMac, iMac, MacBook Air.

  1. Set up Remote Disc on a nearby Mac or PC.

    Select a nearby Mac or PC with an optical drive. On that computer, install the Remote Disc Setup software (found on the supplied Mac OS X Install DVD). It is now permanently enabled for Remote Disc.

  2. Insert the software disc you want to install.

    Insert the DVD containing the software you want to install on MacBook Air into the optical drive of the Remote Disc-enabled Mac or PC.

  3. Install the software on MacBook Air.

    In the Finder on MacBook Air, under Devices, select the icon that says Remote Disc. Click on the computer you enabled, and then double-click to open the software DVD. Now proceed with the installation just as if you had a built-in optical drive.

Even migration is wireless.

How do you transfer all of your files, music, photos, and other valuable content from your old Mac to your new MacBook Air? Forget the FireWire cable — that’s the old way. MacBook Air lets you migrate everything wirelessly.

When you turn on MacBook Air for the first time, Setup Assistant walks you through the initial setup. Install the Remote Disc Setup software on the old Mac, and it will then be available to transfer information onto your new MacBook Air. It’s all wireless. All simple. And all secure.

Time Machine.

Introducing wireless backup.

Mac OS X Leopard brought you Time Machine, the built-in backup that automatically copies files to an external drive. And now, Time Capsule — the new hard drive plus Wi-Fi base station — lets you use Time Machine to wirelessly back up your files. It’s effort free and yet another way MacBook Air lets you live and work untethered. Learn More

MacBook Air and iTunes.

Wireless movie rentals.

With iTunes, you can now rent, download, and watch the latest blockbuster hits as well as classic movies on MacBook Air. So you can have one of the world’s thinnest, lightest cinemas with you wherever you go.

MacBook Air.

The brilliance of multi-touch.

MacBook Air includes an oversize trackpad with multi-touch technology. You can pinch, swipe, or rotate to zoom in on text, advance through a photo album, or adjust an image. This gesture-based input so successful on iPhone and iPod touch now comes to MacBook.

13” LED display.

A smart LED display.

The backlit LED display allows for an even thinner build. It provides instant full-screen brightness the moment you open MacBook Air. The mercury- and arsenic-free display is also more power efficient, which translates to longer battery life.

Thin is in the details.

The innovative now-you-see-it, now-you-don’t port hatch flips down to reveal (and closes to hide) all the ports you really need: a USB 2.0 port, a headphone jack, and a micro-DVI port that supports DVI, VGA, composite, and S-video output. Even the MagSafe power connection has been reconsidered and slimmed to fit MacBook Air.
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    Flip-down door.

    The innovative port hatch flips down for access.

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MacBook Air.

So thin yet so expansive.

MacBook Air comes with a way-more-than-generous 2GB of RAM built in — ample memory for working with your favorite applications. The 80GB hard drive provides plenty of storage space. And you have the option to upgrade to a 64GB solid-state drive, which has no moving parts for enhanced durability.1

Hard drive and solid state drive.

Intel Core 2 Duo processors.

Micro. Chip.

MacBook Air performance is as impressive as its form, thanks to its 1.6GHz or 1.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor. This chip was custom-built to fit within the compact dimensions of MacBook Air.

Built-in iSight camera.

Unlike most other ultraportable notebooks, MacBook Air includes a built-in iSight camera. It’s so smartly integrated, you hardly notice it’s there. The iSight camera and iChat software make video chatting easy anywhere there’s a wireless network.2

5 hours wireless productivity.

The battery is slimmer.
The performance isn’t.

The MacBook Air battery is our thinnest ever, yet it doesn’t compromise power. You can access the web wirelessly for five full hours.

A no-compromise display.

The glossy 13.3-inch, widescreen LED backlit MacBook Air display is the same viewable size as the screen on MacBook. The 1280-by-800 resolution gives you vibrant images and rich colors at full brightness the moment you open MacBook Air. So you get full-screen performance with all the benefits of a slim design.

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MacBook Air from above.

Full-size, full-feature keyboard.

The keyboard is full-size with crisp keys just like the ones on MacBook. But MacBook Air goes further by adding backlit key illumination, making it easy to work in low-light settings such as airplanes and conference halls. A built-in ambient light sensor automatically adjusts keyboard and display brightness for optimal visibility. And with the oversize multi-touch trackpad, it just keeps getting better for fingers.

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Just finishing up….

Just finishing up what I couldn’t do last night.
Jason Chen:
Aaaand it’s over. Holy crap. Who knew Randy Newman, the guy who makes the songs your kids play over and over and over again, would sing such crazy crap about our government?
10:41 am ON Jan 15 2008

Jason Chen:

The first song’s over, but now Randy Newman’s just riffing about random stuff. The next song is from Toy Story. Randy says he wrote another song to go with the love scene between Buzz and Woody, but the scene was cut. This guy is blowing our minds right now.
10:39 am ON Jan 15 2008

Jason Chen:

“It pisses me off a little that the Supreme Court is going to outlive me.” What the crap is he singing about? We have no idea. We think he’s gone nuts.
10:36 am ON Jan 15 2008

Jason Chen:

Randy’s singing a song about America, the president, and comparing them to Hitler and Stalin. USA! USA! USA!!!!!
10:34 am ON Jan 15 2008

Jason Chen:

And for the entertainment at Today’s keynote, Randy Newman.
10:32 am ON Jan 15 2008

B. Lam:

10:30 am ON Jan 15 2008

Jason Chen:

To recap on what he’s talked about today. 1) Time Capsule, the wireless backup utility. 2) iPhone update and iPod Touch update. 3) AppleTV + iTunes movie rentals. 4) MacBook Air.

“All this stuff in the first two weeks, and we’ve got 50 more weeks in the year to go.”

10:30 am ON Jan 15 2008

Jason Chen:

And here are the details on the MacBook Air that eco-fanatics care about. It’s got an Aluminum case, and a mercury-free and arsenic-free glass display. The circuit boards are BFR free and PVC free. The packaging has 56% less volume than the regular MacBook. ARE YOU HAPPY NOW?!
10:28 am ON Jan 15 2008

B. Lam:



10:27 am ON Jan 15 2008

Jason Chen:

Steve just threw up a new ad showing off the MacBook Air, using the same MANILLA envelope technique he used earlier.
10:27 am ON Jan 15 2008

Jason Chen:

So to recap, here are the features. 3.0 pounds, 0.16 -0.76 inches, 13.inch display, full-sized keyboard, multi-touch gestures, iSight, 1.6GHz Core 2 Duo standard, 2GB memory standard, 80GB hard drive standard (64GB SSD optional), 802.11n Wi-Fi standard, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR standard, and MagSafe.
10:26 am ON Jan 15 2008

B. Lam:

10:26 am ON Jan 15 2008

Jason Chen:

MacBook Air Price: $1799. Ships in two weeks. You can pre-order online now.
10:25 am ON Jan 15 2008

B. Lam:


10:25 am ON Jan 15 2008

Jason Chen:

Battery life: With Wi-Fi on, browsing the web, you get 5 hours of battery life.
10:23 am ON Jan 15 2008

B. Lam:

10:23 am ON Jan 15 2008

Jason Chen:

Remote Disc: Special software loaded on other machines with optical drives that allows MacBook Air to borrow their drives to install things from CDs/DVDs. You can even borrow drives from PCs.
10:23 am ON Jan 15 2008

B. Lam:

10:22 am ON Jan 15 2008

B. Lam:

10:22 am ON Jan 15 2008

Jason Chen:

What do you do with an optical drive? Play movies, install software, make backups, burn CDs. What’s Apple’s alternative? iTunes movie rentals, Time Capsule for backups, iPods for listening to stuff in your car, and a new feature called “Remote Disc” for installing stuff via CDs and DVDs.
10:22 am ON Jan 15 2008

B. Lam:




10:21 am ON Jan 15 2008

Jason Chen:

The other features: flip-down door that has USB 2, microDVI port, and a headphone jack. The other side is a MagSafe connector. As for wireless, it’s got 802.11n WiFi and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR. It doesn’t have an optical drive internal, but you can buy a separate USB-powered SuperDrive that’s especially made for the MacBook Air. $99.
10:21 am ON Jan 15 2008

Jason Chen:

Paul says: The CPU is the width of a dime, the thickness of a nickel, and we didn’t think we could do it.

thin

You can turn on different types of gestures in the settings, like moving around a window with your finger, panning around a photo with two fingers, rotate a photo by twisting a finger, swipe between photos with three figners, and zoom in and out with pinching.
10:15 am ON Jan 15 2008

B. Lam:

10:15 am ON Jan 15 2008

B. Lam:





10:14 am ON Jan 15 2008

Jason Chen:

Out comes the MacBook Air. It’s silver (aluminum?), has black keys, is super super thin, and Steve can hold it easily with his fingertips. “It’s the world’s thinnest notebook,” he reiterates. It has a 13.3-inch widescreen display. “And the display is gorgeous.” It’s an LED backlit display that’s instant-on. It also has a built-in iSight camera, and a full-sized keyboard. Backlit too, with a trackpad and multi-touch gesture support on the trackpad.
10:14 am ON Jan 15 2008

B. Lam:


10:12 am ON Jan 15 2008

Jason Chen:

Thinness: MacBook air goes from 0.76 inches down to 0.16 inches at the thin end. The thickest part is thinner than the Sony TZ Series. 0.76 vs. 0.8. It’s so thin, it even fits inside a vanilla envelope. Steve whips out a vanilla envelope.

thinness

Thinness: MacBook air goes from 0.76 inches down to 0.16 inches at the thin end. The thickest part is thinner than the Sony TZ Series. 0.76 vs. 0.8. It’s so thin, it even fits inside a vanilla envelope. Steve whips out a vanilla envelope.
10:11 am ON Jan 15 2008

B. Lam:

AIR AIR AIR AIR

10:10 am ON Jan 15 2008

Jason Chen:

What does this mean? The Sony TZ series are thin. “We looked at all of them out there. They generally weigh about 3 pounds.” In Sony’s case, it weighs 3 pounds, 0.8-1.2 inches thick, and a 11-12 inch display. They also have miniature keyboards, and they don’t “run them as fast as they could.”
10:10 am ON Jan 15 2008

B. Lam:

OMG HERE IT IS! MACBOOK AIR!

Today they’re introducing a third kind of notebook, MacBook Air. “It’s the world’s thinnest notebook.”
10:08 am ON Jan 15 2008

B. Lam:

10:08 am ON Jan 15 2008

Jason Chen:

And now the fourth thing they want to talk about today. “There’s something in the air. What is it?” MacBooks, apparently!