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Among the features:

_ A new Messages app, copied from Apple’s mobile operating system, will replace iChat.

_ Mountain Lion will be integrated with iCloud, the new Internet storage service designed for the mobile devices.

_ The software will bring dictation to Mac computers, essentially allowing you to type as you talk.


10:45 a.m.

Apple announces a next-generation MacBook Pro model that is less than an inch thick while closed _ about as thin as the MacBook Air. It will have a sharper display, akin to what the iPhone and the iPad now have.

Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, calls it “the most amazing computer we have ever made.”

The “next-generation” model will have a 15.4-inch diagonal display. It will have processors from Intel Corp. and Nvidia Corp. and promises up to 7 hours of battery life.

The other models announced earlier Monday are largely updates to current models with more memory and better processors. The older models won’t sport the sharper “Retina Display” feature of Apple’s newer devices.

The “next-generation” model will be 0.71 inch thick, compared with 0.95 inches for the updated models. The weight of the new model is 4.46 pounds.

The new model will start at $2,199 and will start shipping Monday.


10:17 a.m.

Schiller appears on stage to discuss changes to the company’s lineup of MacBook laptop computers.

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