Meet Mac OS X Lion

by on February 27th, 2011

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Mac OS X Lion (10.7) is the eighth major release of Mac OS X, Apple’s desktop and server operating system for Macintosh computers. Mac OS X Lion is going to be released in summer 2011.

MAC OSX New Features

Many changes to the MAC OSX Lion user interface are included, with new buttons and “sliding switches”. The metal finish has also been slightly altered. The dock no longer shows which apps are running (unless a toggle is set) and scroll bars now disappear similar to iOS when they are not being used.

  • Mac App Store – An application store built in the image of the iOS App Store. Like in iOS, it will provide ways for shoppers to discover apps, one-click installation of apps, and one-click updates of all or selected installed applications. The Mac App Store was released for Mac OS X Snow Leopard on January 6, 2011 as it was bundled with the Mac OS X 10.6.6 update.
  • Launchpad – An application launcher that displays an iOS-like icon grid of installed applications. It will feature the ability to make multiple pages and group apps into folders which function the same as folders in iOS.
  • Full-screen apps – Native, system-wide support for full-screen applications. Supporting applications display a new button at the top right of application window, this button opens applications in full-screen mode.
  • Mission Control – Overview of running applications, combining other Mac OS features including Exposé, Spaces, Dashboard, and full-screen apps.
  • Multi-touch gestures – Similar to iOS, additional gestures performed using a multi-touch input device (e.g. Magic Mouse, Magic Trackpad) will allow the user to scroll, swipe to different pages, and enter Mission Control. While this is not the first official multi-touch support for Mac OS X, it has been expanded; other frameworks, such as Lux, have already created multi-touch support.
  • Auto Save – As in iOS, documents will be saved automatically so users don’t have to worry about manually managing their documents.
  • Resume – Applications resume in the same state when re-opened as already seen in iOS. Because of this, the Dock no longer visually indicates whether an app is currently running or not.
  • AirDrop – Mac-to-Mac file sharing.
  • Integrated Lion Server – features from the server edition of OS X have been added, including Wiki Server and Profile Manager.
  • All-new FileVault – Added security with XTS-AES 128 data encryption. Support for FileVault on external hard drives has also been added.
  • Mail 5 – Uses iPad UI, fullscreen-optimized, chronological “Conversations” view, and support for Exchange 2010.
  • Versions – Time Machine-like saving and browsing of past versions of documents.
  • Profile Manager – Allows profile-based management of iOS devices and Mac OS X Lion
  • Folder Merging – Unlike previous version of OS X, one can now merge files under two folders with the same name. A prompt will appear asking whether one wants to replace or keep both files.
  • System Information – This feature is a re-design of System Profiler and has been completely altered with new views which display graphical information on displays, storage devices, memory usage along with other hardware information.
  • Window Resizing – Lion offers flexible window resizing from any edge of the window.
  • Recovery Partition – Apple has introduced a recovery partition that includes utilities generally found on the OS X discs. This partition will allow you to restore your computer to its original factory state.
  • Yahoo! IM in iChat – Support for logging into Yahoo! IM (Yahoo Messenger) in iChat. Users can audio- and video-chat with other iChat users using their Yahoo! accounts.

System Requirements

  • Intel Core 2 Duo processor or later
  • At least 2 GB of RAM
  • At least 10 GB of disk space
  • DVD drive (also accessible via Remote Disc) or external USB or FireWire DVD drive for installation

MAC OSX Lion Preview

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