Apple Store back open for Christmas – adds laser engraving

4 Nov 2010

Apple’s web store, which shut earlier across Europe, is open again and has numerous Christmas features, such as iPad and iPod engraving, iPad gift boxes, as well as gift cards.

New services in time for the season include an iPad laser engraving service and gift boxes.

Latest Apple products include the range of iPods, the iPhone 4, the new MacBook Air family and a reduced-price Mac mini family.

In addition, iOS 4.2 is due any day now, adding a host of new applications and potential to the iPhone and iPad platforms, including the ability to print anywhere with AirPrint.

At a recent event entitled ‘Back to the Mac’, Jobs revealed a number of exciting new software products, including iLife 11, iMovie 11 and a new version of GarageBand that teaches you how to play guitar, piano and other instruments. He also revealed Facetime on the Mac, as well as a new App Store specifically for Mac users.

Jobs also demonstrated the next version of Mac OS X – ‘Lion’ – which will come roaring into the technology world in summer 2011, featuring full-screen apps, gesture control and a snazzy new feature called Mission Control.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years