With all the rumours flying around about the iPhone Nano or pending iPhone 5, iPad 2 and countless other iDevices that are coming, there’s little talk about what we KNOW for sure is coming: OS X Lion (v 10.7) for you Mac.
Last week’s announcement of the latest line ups of the MacBook Pros was great news for anyone anxiously awaiting OS X Lion, due out this summer. And coincidentally enough, it was released for developers beta testing this past Friday, February 24, 2011.
From what I’ve gather so far, all Mac staff has been testing internally for at least the past month, which means that the release should be on schedule. But what does this latest OS mean for Mac users? … It means ALOT! I’ve highlighted some of the key features of what to expect when Lion drops this summer.
First off, if you own and iPad, consider OSX the greatness of the Mac OS combined with the magic of your iPad. The end result is OS X Lion.
The greatest new feature of the latest OS, will be known as Launchpad. Instant access to your apps – iPad style. Click the Launchpad icon on your dock and the open windows fade away, replaced by a full-screen display of all your apps. The great thing about navigating the newest OS X will benefit those using the Magic Trackpad …. you’ll be in full control with gestures. 3 and 4-finger swipes and you’re able to setup shortcuts to launch various apps with ease. A quick swipe allows you to see multiple pages of apps, and you can arrange them anyway you like (just like on the iPad)
The Mac App store is also an integral part of OS X Lion, but also you’ll be able to run full-screen apps also! Purchase apps right on your laptop/desktop without running out the local computer store to get your software and when you launch them, they’re not just part of a floating window. They’re full screen, just like any other application you’re running. You enter your iTunes ID and you’re ready to start buying!
Mission Control. It’s like the “task manager” all PC users have been accustomed to, but instead of just holding the alt+tab button, now you can launch this new feature that display a comprehensive look at what’s running on your Mac. With this bird’s eye view of what’s giong on on your Mac, you can quickly jump from one full-screen app to the dashboard with just a click. No more wondering… you control it all!
Gestures and animations also play a huge part as part of the new OS X. To take full advantage of this features you’re going to either have to be on a MacBook Pro or have Apple’s Magic Trackpad. You’re able to swipe from app to app with 4-fingers or forward and reverse in browser windows by using two fingers. You can zoom in and out by pinching and so on. Also all gestures will have a closely mimicked animation, so the action feels very fluid to the user with virtually no delay.
Additional features for OSX Lion:
- Auto Save (Automatic back ups of your OS, so you never lose anything)
- Versions (Think about the UNDO function, only better)
- Resume (Pick up where you left off without re-launching an app a.k.a. multitasking on your iPhone/iPad)
- Mail 5 (A newer, better version of Mail)
- Conversations come to Mail (Chronological list order of email inboxes to appear as flowing conversations)
- Air Drop (Send files to any other mac on your network even easier than before)
- FileVault (A new level of protection, in case you needed it)
Looks like it’s going to be a great summer!