Mac OS X 10.7 "Lion" - Sneak Peek

Mac OS X 10.7 "Lion" - Sneak Peek

Summary: Let's take a sneak peek at Apple's Mac OS X 10.7 "Lion" and take a tour of some of the new stuff.

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Let's take a sneak peek at Apple's Mac OS X 10.7 "Lion" and take a tour of some of the new stuff.

Mac App Store

Yes, an App Store will be built right into Mac OS X 10.7 "Lion" allowing users to download free/paid-for apps just like on the iPhone and the iPad. One-click install, one-click update, just like apps on the iPhone and iPad.

One really neat feature is that you'll be able to downlaod and install these apps on every Mac you own. That makes these a sweet deal for those with more than one system.

Hey, but you Snow Leopard users need not worry - this is coming to your OS within 90 days!

Launchpad

This new feature gives you instant and easy access to all your apps (downloads and physical installs) just like on the iPad. Tap the Launchpad icon and open applications fade into the background, allowing you to flip through pages of apps.

You'll also be able to organize your apps into folder ... something that you'll be able to do on the iPad come the next OS update.

Full-Screen Apps

Yes, Apple is making apps full-screen, allowing users a more immersive experience, and also making better use of screen real-estate.

Mission Control

Here is a new feature that brings the power of Exposé, Spaces, Dashboard, and full-screen apps all into one place. Mission Control will give you the ability to see open windows grouped by app, thumbnails of full-screen apps, Dashboard, and even other Spaces, arranged in a single unified view.

Mac OS X 10.7 "Lion" - Coming Summer 2011.

Topics: Operating Systems, Apple, Hardware, iPad, Mobility, Software

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  • RE: Mac OS X 10.7

    Wow - it is looking more like Windows 7 all the time! :)
    HiltonT
    • Agreed (nt)

      @HiltonT
      NonZealot
    • RE: Mac OS X 10.7

      @HiltonT Funny you should say that, since Microsoft hired the same person who designed OS X's look to redesign the Windows look.
      I12BPhil
  • RE: Mac OS X 10.7

    So the only thing added to OS 10.7 specifically is Launchpad, Full Screen Apps, and Mission Control? I mean snow leopard is already getting the app store, so why is there any need to upgrade to OS 10.7? That is unless, Apple is planning on taking the iPod touch route and only charging $10 or so per update and having a new version every year. That's what I'm guessing they'll do.
    ParsonsProject93
    • not

      @ParsonsProject93
      "these are a few of the many new features coming to lion. we will roll out more over the coming months." steve jobs
      banned from zdnet
      • RE: Mac OS X 10.7

        @banned from zdnet

        OS X extras, so to speak, until there's a roadmap.
        rtk
  • Cupertino fired up their photocopiers!!

    [i]Yes, an App Store will be built right into Mac OS X 10.7 ?Lion? allowing users to download free/paid-for apps just like on the iPhone and the iPad. One-click install, one-click update, just like apps on the iPhone and iPad.

    One really neat feature is that you?ll be able to downlaod and install these apps on every Mac you own. That makes these a sweet deal for those with more than one system.[/i]

    Oh, just like Steam on Windows!

    [i]This new feature gives you instant and easy access to all your apps (downloads and physical installs) just like on the iPad.[/i]

    Oh, just like Win 3.1! Grids of icons are SOOOO innovative!!

    [i]Yes, Apple is making apps full-screen[/i]

    I seriously can't tell if this one is serious. Apple is [b]seriously[/b] claiming that full screen apps are finally a feature of OS X? Wow. Just. Wow.

    Mission Control is the only one that sounds even the least bit interesting but even then, it simply sounds like they've created a name for features that OS X has had for years. This is kind of like selling Tide in a box with a "New and Improved" logo.
    NonZealot
    • RE: Mac OS X 10.7

      @NonZealot Wow, NZ, you used copy and paste! I've read this same missive on two separate talkbacks so far. We know that you have nothing original to say (all variations on "Apple is Bad" and "Microsoft is Great"), but I guess even you have lost the ability to say it in any more variations.
      ssaha
  • RE: Mac OS X 10.7

    Copied from... Windows? From iOS I see. Where are all these features copied from Windows.

    It was also stated that these are only a few of the new features of 10.7.
    infinitelyimprobable
    • please

      @infinitelyimprobable
      don't argue with the zealot troll. you only make it worse. ;-)
      banned from zdnet
  • RE: Mac OS X 10.7

    Now that Apple has named 10.7 "Lion" one should stop and think about the significance of the naming scheme that Apple has used for OS X and ponder what Apple is implying to the public and developers.

    As noted "why is the lion the king of the jungle?" because the lion is at the top of the food chain... It would also be reasonable to consider that "Lion" (10.7) marks the last revision of the OS X family, with a complete overhauling of the OS to make it's way in 3 or so years as an yet unknown naming scheme for system 11.

    Consider that snow leopard (10.6) was not much in the way of really dramatic features as compared to leopard (10.5) was to tiger (10.4). 10.7 is introducing a combination of iOS technologies with OS X.... but this is being done more of less at a higher level of engineering requirements for look and feel. It is not a deep level structural engineering issue as seen in previous revisions of the OS.

    It stands reasonable to think that Apple's long term plan is an OS that is engineered from the ground up to be highly scalable... thus, regardless of what type of device you use, your data can live in the cloud and applications simply interface to that data, based on the current abilities of the device. Thus, at work you have a 24 core Mac, on the road you use your iPhone and use the same data.... This sort of scalability of the OS, devices and application/tools would work nicely with a 500000-sq.-ft. facility located in Charlotte, N.C. that Apple is building.
    ka7hvz