Apple Lets Lion Out of Its Cage
Article by George Norman
On 20 Jul 2011
Back in June all we knew about the Mac OS X 10.7 Lion operating system is that it would be released to the public sometime in July, that it would come with more than 250 new features and 3,000 new developer APIs, and that it would be offered via the Mac App Store only. The operating system, said Apple, would not be sold on discs; it would be sold via the Mac App Store only.

Today, the 20th of July 2011, we know that Lion has been let out of its cage. Or to put it in other words, Apple announced today that it released the Mac OS X 10.7 Lion operating system to the web. It can be grabbed from the Mac App store for the low price of $29.99. The operating system is available as an upgrade to existing Mac OS X 10.6.6 Snow Leopard users.

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Users who are on the older Leopard operating system need to upgrade to Snow Leopard first and then upgrade to Lion. Please note that Lion requires an Intel-based Mac with a Core 2 Duo, i3, i5, i7 or Xeon processor and 2GB of RAM.

Apple also said that users who do not have a broadband internet connection can download the operating system at an Apple retail store. Later this year the operating system will be made available for purchase on a USB thumb drive; the OS will be available in the Apple Store for $69.

Here are some of the new features Lion, the eighth major release of the Apple-developed operating system, has to offer:
  • New Multi-Touch gestures and fluid animations.
  • Mission Control gives you a bird’s eye view of every app and window running on your Mac by combining Expose, full screen apps, Dashboard and Spaces into one.
  • The Mac App Store built-into the operating system.
  • A completely redesigned Mail app.
  • Resume is a new feature that brings your apps back exactly how you left them when you restart your Mac or quit and relaunch an app.
  • Auto Save automatically and continuously saves your documents as you work.
  • Versions automatically records the history of a document as you create it. It also gives you an easy way to browse, revert and copy and paste from previous versions.
  • Automatic peer-to-peer (P2P) wireless connections are established with nearby Macs with AirDrop. Thus you can easily find, connect and share files with other Macs.

“Lion is the best version of OS X yet, and we’re thrilled that users around the world can download it starting today,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “Lion makes upgrading a Mac easier than ever before; just launch the Mac App Store, buy Lion with your iTunes account, and the download and install process will begin automatically.”



Tags: Apple, Mac OS X, Lion, Mac App Store
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