Tuesday, June 7th 2011

Mac OS X Lion With 250 New Features Available in July From Mac App Store

Apple announced that Mac OS X Lion, the eighth major release of the world’s most advanced operating system with more than 250 new features and 3,000 new developer APIs, will be available to customers in July as a download from the Mac App Store for $29.99. Some of the amazing features in Lion include: new Multi-Touch gestures; system-wide support for full screen apps; Mission Control, an innovative view of everything running on your Mac; the Mac App Store, the best place to find and explore great software, built right into the OS; Launchpad, a new home for all your apps; and a completely redesigned Mail app.

“The Mac has outpaced the PC industry every quarter for five years running and with OS X Lion we plan to keep extending our lead,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “The best version of OS X yet, Lion is packed with innovative features such as new Multi-Touch gestures, system-wide support for full screen apps, and Mission Control for instantly accessing everything running on your Mac.”

New Multi-Touch gestures and fluid animations built into Lion let you interact directly with content on the screen for a more intuitive way to use your Mac. New gestures include momentum scrolling, tapping or pinching your fingers to zoom in on a web page or image, and swiping left or right to turn a page or switch between full screen apps. All Mac notebooks ship with Multi-Touch trackpads and desktop Macs can use Apple’s Magic Trackpad.

Full screen apps take advantage of the entire display and are perfect for reading email, surfing the web or browsing photos, especially on a MacBook Air or MacBook Pro. With a single click your app fills the display and you can swipe from one window to another, between full screen apps, or back to your Desktop, Dashboard or Spaces without ever leaving full screen. iWork and iLife apps, as well as Safari, iTunes, Mail, FaceTime and others, all take advantage of Lion’s system-wide support for full screen apps.

Mission Control combines Exposé, full screen apps, Dashboard and Spaces into one unified experience for a bird’s eye view of every app and window running on your Mac. With a simple swipe, your desktop zooms out to display your open windows grouped by app, thumbnails of your full screen apps and your Dashboard, and allows you to instantly navigate anywhere with a tap.

The Mac App Store is built into Lion and is the best place to discover great new Mac apps, buy them with your iTunes account, download and install them. Apps automatically install directly to Launchpad, and with Lion’s release, the Mac App Store will be able to deliver smaller “delta” app updates and new apps that can take advantage of features like In-App Purchase and Push Notifications.

Launchpad makes it easier than ever to find and launch any app. With a single Multi-Touch gesture, all your Mac apps are displayed in a stunning full screen layout. You can organize apps in any order or into folders and swipe through unlimited pages of apps to find the one you want.

Lion includes a completely redesigned Mail app with an elegant widescreen layout. The new Conversations feature groups related messages into an easily scrollable timeline, intelligently hiding repeated text so the conversation is easy to follow, and retaining graphics and attachments as they were originally sent. An incredibly powerful new search feature allows you to refine your search and suggests matches by person, subject and label as you type. Mail includes built-in support for Microsoft Exchange 2010.

Additional new features in Lion include:
  • Resume, which conveniently brings your apps back exactly how you left them when you restart your Mac or quit and relaunch an app;
  • Auto Save, which automatically and continuously saves your documents as you work;
  • Versions, which automatically records the history of your document as you create it, and gives you an easy way to browse, revert and even copy and paste from previous versions; and
  • AirDrop, which finds nearby Macs and automatically sets up a peer-to-peer wireless connection to make transferring files quick and easy.
Pricing & Availability
Mac OS X Lion will be available in July as an upgrade to Mac OS X version 10.6 Snow Leopard from the Mac App Store for $29.99 (US). Lion will be the easiest OS X upgrade and at about 4GB, it is the size of an HD movie from the iTunes Store. Mac OS X Lion Server requires Lion and will be available in July from the Mac App Store for $49.99 (US).

Lion requires an Intel-based Mac with a Core 2 Duo, i3, i5, i7 or Xeon processor and 2GB of RAM. The Lion upgrade can be installed on all your authorized personal Macs.

The Mac OS X Lion Up-To-Date upgrade is available at no additional charge via the Mac App Store to all customers who purchased a qualifying new Mac system from Apple or an Apple Authorized Reseller on or after June 6, 2011. Users must request their Up-To-Date upgrade within 30 days of purchase of their Mac computer. Customers who purchase a qualifying Mac between June 6, 2011 and the date when Lion is available in the Mac App Store will have 30 days from Lion’s official release date to make a request.
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18 Comments on Mac OS X Lion With 250 New Features Available in July From Mac App Store

#1
Wile E
Power User
It feels like Snow Leopard just released. I'll grab it after it's been out for a little while, and most of the bugs are squashed.
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#2
micropage7
as usual looks sleek, clean and simple.
and one more it feels pretty exclusive
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#3
timta2
$29 USD really is unbeatable for an OS and I'm looking forward to the upgrade. I've messed around with the DP releases and they are impressive.
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#4
TheMailMan78
Banstick Dummy
wow......great.......another 30 dollar service pack.
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#5
Wile E
Power User
by: TheMailMan78
wow......great.......another 30 dollar service pack.
I think there are enough added features for it to be beyond Service Pack.

That's like saying Windows 7 is a $90+ service pack of Vista.
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#6
TheMailMan78
Banstick Dummy
by: Wile E
I think there are enough added features for it to be beyond Service Pack.

That's like saying Windows 7 is a $90+ service pack of Vista.
Pretty much....yeah it was.
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#7
Wile E
Power User
Well, hey, if that's how you feel, this is at least better than MS.
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#8
remixedcat
It's better than that "metro" thing MS has goin on. LOL.
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#9
Wrigleyvillain
PTFO or GTFO
Cheetah, Puma, Jaguar, Panther, Tiger, Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion...hmm what could be next? Lynx? Bobcat? Siamese? hehe
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#11
johnnyfiive
Can't wait to upgrade the iMac, Lion looks awesome. $29? Pffft..... thats awesomely cheap.
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#12
hellrazor
by: Wrigleyvillain
Cheetah, Puma, Jaguar, Panther, Tiger, Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion...hmm what could be next? Lynx? Bobcat? Siamese? hehe
Maybe Jobs is just in to furries?
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#13
pr0n Inspector
by: Wrigleyvillain
Cheetah, Puma, Jaguar, Panther, Tiger, Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion...hmm what could be next? Lynx? Bobcat? Siamese? hehe
this, of course
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#14
Wrigleyvillain
PTFO or GTFO
by: hellrazor
Maybe Jobs is just in to furries?
I don't wanna know! :p
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#15

I guess this would be good news were it not for the fact that 249 of the "features" are things Apple is "protecting" you from - translation: things they won't let you do on one of THEIR machines.
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Wile E
Power User
by: hellrazor
Maybe Jobs is just in to furries?
If that were the case, the next one would probably be khajiit.
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#17
remixedcat
You both have been sig-quoted!!!! FTW!!!!
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#18
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
by: twilyth
I guess this would be good news were it not for the fact that 249 of the "features" are things Apple is "protecting" you from - translation: things they won't let you do on one of THEIR machines.
You're basing this on nothing are you?
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