Today is a big day for Apple, with the release of OS X Lion (App Store link after the jump), updates to Mac computers and hardware and a few stories about the Apple retail stores. Click through for more!
OS X Lion is available now from the App Store. [Mac App Store]
Apple’s less-expensive, plastic MacBooks have been discontinued. [Engadget]
Apple’s new Thunderbolt display is (obviously) Thunderbolt-equipped, apparently sans USB, and has a FaceTime HD camera built in. [Gizmodo]
TechCrunch’s MG Siegler sings praises of one of the smaller facets of the new OS X Lion: inverted scrolling. Scrolling in Lion is now like scrolling in iOS, where you move the content instead of the scroll bar. In fact, the scroll bars disappear whenever you’re not using them.
Meanwhile, Gizmodo’s Jesus Diaz is disappointed by OS X Lion. He says that the “simplified” OS is more complicated, a lot of good intentions that don’t satisfy. He does, however, like the animation and a few other aspects.
There will be a USB version of OS X Lion available some time next month. The USB Lion will cost $69, compared to the downloadable $30 App Store version. [AllThingsD]
The Mac Mini has been updated to include three Thunderbolt ports and a Sandy Bridge CPU. OS X Lion Mac Minis are now available. [Apple]
The MacBook Air is now available with Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors, Thunderbolt ports, backlit keyboards and, of course, OS X Lion. [Apple]
There are fake Apple Stores in China that look exactly like the real showrooms, complete with patented product holders and official press images. The employees at the stores think they work for Apple, but the stores are not the real deal. [9to5mac]
Apple will be opening a new Apple Store approximately every 50 hours between now and the end of September 2011. [Current]