OS X Lion Revealed

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Mac OS LionToday Apple fans world wide got a taste of what the next version of Mac OS X will have to offer users when it is released next summer. While not a full demo of what Lion has to offer, the demo was at the core of the event name "Back to the Mac." Apple is taking what they think are the best parts of the iOS, specifically the version for the iPad, and porting those features to the Mac. The concept of having icons listed in iOS style with "flickable" panels listing pages and pages of apps is in Lion. The ability to categorize your apps into folders, just like on your iPhone (and soon the iPad) has also been ported over. There are also a new unique feature called "Mission Control," which replaces Spaced and Expose in giving you a unified look at all your running applications and open documents.

The biggest announcement of Lion was the new Mac App Store. This new App Store is basically the same as the current iOS App Store. It will offer all the same functionality as the current Apple Store for both users and developers. Apple will also offer the same split, 30/70. The verdict will remain out for some time, but we won't have to wait until Summer 2011 to find out; the Mac App Store will be released in less than 90 days and developers can start submitting Apps in November.

Each release of Mac OS X has been better than before, while also being subjected to various criticisms. It looks like Lion won't be any different.

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.

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