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Apple Reveals OS X 10.7 ("Lion") With New Features: Ships Summer 2011

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When Apple said "Back to the Mac," they meant it. The company was talking software this week at their mega event, with Mac OS X 10.7 being the star of the software show. Apple's calling the next major version of OS X "Lion," and while it will not ship to consumers until summer of 2011, it promises to be the most significant Apple OS yet. Developers are expected to start getting an early look sometime soon, and the added features are pretty impressive.


Lion has obviously been inspired by many of the iPad's software features. The biggest of which is a Lion app store. That's right, a dedicated App Store for a desktop OS. Is this the end of the traditional software distribution as we know it? Has the shift to apps over full installs gone into high gear? Apple hopes so. The Lion App Store will work essentially just like the one's used on the iPad and iPhone, and what's nifty is that the Mac App Store itself will be available for existing Snow Leopard owners within 3 months. It'll probably be a trial run before Lion goes live next summer.


Apple is also integrating more uses of multi-touch gestures, encouraging people to really take advantage of their notebook trackpad or Magic Trackpad. Lion includes system-wide support for full screen applications, which has always been a major complaint from Windows users making the switch. With Lion, you can enter full screen mode with just one click, switch from one full screen app to another with just a swipe of the trackpad, and swipe back to the desktop to access your multi-window applications. 

Another new feature is Mission Control, which presents you with a unified view of every app and window running on your Mac, so you can instantly navigate anywhere. Mission Control also incorporates the next generation of Exposé, presenting all the windows running on your Mac grouped by application, alongside thumbnails of full screen apps, Dashboard and other Spaces.

No mention of a price has been made, but Apple set the bar low with a $29 Snow Leopard upgrade. Hopefully we won't have to wait until next summer to find that.

Apple Gives Sneak Peek of Mac OS X Lion

CUPERTINO, California—October 20, 2010—Apple® today gave a sneak peek of Mac OS® X Lion, the eighth major release of the world’s most advanced operating system. Shipping next summer, Lion is inspired by many of iPad’s software innovations. Today’s sneak peek highlighted just a few of Lion’s features, including the Mac® App Store?, a new way to discover, install and automatically update desktop apps; Launchpad, a new home for all of your Mac apps; system-wide support for full screen apps; and Mission Control, which unifies Exposé®, Dashboard, Spaces® and full screen apps into an innovative new view of everything running on your Mac, and allows you to instantly navigate anywhere.

“Lion brings many of the best ideas from iPad back to the Mac, plus some fresh new ones like Mission Control that Mac users will really like,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “Lion has a ton of new features, and we hope the few we had time to preview today will give users a good idea of where we are headed.”

The Mac App Store brings the revolutionary App Store experience to OS X, making discovering, installing and updating Mac apps easier than ever. Like on iPad™, you purchase apps using your iTunes® account and they download and install in just one step. App updates are delivered directly through the Mac App Store, so it’s easy to keep all of your apps up to date. The Mac App Store will be available for Snow Leopard® within 90 days and will be included in Lion when it ships next summer.

Launchpad makes it easier than ever to find and launch any app. Similar to the Home screen on iPad, you can see all the apps on your Mac elegantly displayed just by clicking the Launchpad icon in the dock. Apps can be organized in any order or grouped into folders, and you can swipe through multiple pages of apps to find the one you want.

Lion includes system-wide support for full screen applications. With Lion, you can enter full screen mode with just one click, switch from one full screen app to another with just a swipe of the trackpad, and swipe back to the desktop to access your multi-window applications.  

Mission Control presents you with a unified view of every app and window running on your Mac, so you can instantly navigate anywhere. Mission Control also incorporates the next generation of Exposé, presenting all the windows running on your Mac grouped by application, alongside thumbnails of full screen apps, Dashboard and other Spaces.

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork, and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple is reinventing the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and has recently introduced its magical iPad which is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices. 
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Humm seems like Lion Has every thing Lunix and to some respect Windows 7... Well I guess its Magical when you pay more... ahahahah

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3vi1 replied on Thu, Oct 21 2010 8:40 AM

Yeah, but LUnix only runs on Commodore64/128s. :)

What it doesn't have are the main features of Linux: free and open source. In fact, the new Mac App Store is scaring a lot of people into thinking the Mac will become a totally closed platform like the iPhone. I rather prefer systems where I can just sit down and start compiling with free tools, without need to pay and register as a developer.

I'll give Apple one thing: The cost of their OS upgrade is way less expensive than that of Windows.

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3vi1 replied on Thu, Oct 21 2010 12:41 PM

>> That's right, a dedicated App Store for a desktop OS.

Simpson's did it!

I mean, Linux did it. It might not be bursting with for-pay apps yet (though it has 10's of thousands of free apps), but there is an app store built-into Ubuntu 10.10.

What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?

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Yeah 3vi1. That's what I have been thinking this whole time with all the app stores. GRATS you are only 10 years behind Linux.

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realneil replied on Thu, Oct 21 2010 8:54 PM

I'm selling my iMac to on of the kids, so I will not need Lion unless I build a Hackintosh. And that's not gonna be anything that's necessary to me.

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I wouldn't go that far now Meister.

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tonymarkel replied on Fri, Oct 22 2010 10:45 AM

Too little too late for me. Most Linux distributions have had an app store (as in place to get apps) since the earth cooled. Welcome to the 20th century Apple. I'm sure Lion will be every bit the walled garden iOS is. This Kool-Aid tastes a little sour to me. I'll pass.

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BAllott replied on Fri, Oct 22 2010 7:46 PM

I know Apple dont do service packs but this IS a service pack , or an update, or anything else. HOW ON EARTH Can this be called a new OS?

Apple, once again, are cashing in, now they want a slice of the distribution cash for apps on the desktop. Well done apple you will get more money, the fanbois will praise you but when will it end?

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