Applications That Come with Your MacBook - dummies

Applications That Come with Your MacBook

By Mark L. Chambers

Everything you need to compute just about anywhere on the planet is included when you close your MacBook’s cover and go mobile. If you’re in a bohemian mood and you want nothing but your MacBook, it’s ready. Currently, Apple laptops ship with the following major software applications installed and ready to use:

  • The iLife’11 suite: You know you want these applications! They turn your MacBook into a digital hub for practically every kind of high-tech device on the planet, including DV camcorders, digital cameras, portable music players, PDAs, and even cell phones.

    Book IV focuses on the major applications that make up iLife: iTunes, iPhoto, iWeb, iMovie, iDVD, and GarageBand.

  • The Apple App Store: If you’ve used the App Store on your iPhone or iPad (or if you’re familiar with the iTunes Store within iTunes), you’ve sailed into familiar waters. You can download both commercial applications (those that you buy) and free applications for your MacBook, and the App Store makes it easy to keep those applications updated.

  • FaceTime: FaceTime makes it easy to video chat in real-time with owners of MacBooks, iPhones, and iPads — no expensive additional hardware needed! (Dick Tracy never had it so good, because his famous watch with a TV had a puny screen.)

  • Photo Booth: Photo Booth works with your laptop’s built-in FaceTime camera.

The installed software on your MacBook might change as new programs become available.