Desktops and Notebooks: OS X Lion` Launches with a Roar
The latest release of Apple's flagship operating system—or at least, what has been its flagship for more than a quarter-century—offers users new ways to work with data, and includes a number of changes and improvements to features of the OS itself, as well as supporting applications that are bundled with the OS. The company's decision to use electronic distribution as the primary means of delivering the OS update has so far proven successful, with more than a million downloads reported on the first day of availability alone. Although experienced users might find some of the new and improved aspects of the platform to be a step backwards, it's clear that Apple is preparing the ground for a future hybrid of OS X, the company's classic OS for desktops and servers, with iOS, its platform for mobile devices. Features such as the Launchpad view of applications, the multi-touch, gesture-based interface that first appeared in the previous Snow Leopard release of Mac OS X, and the flatter appearance of the user interface are pointing the way for Macs of the future. For a look at Lion in action, check out the slide gallery below, and be sure to read eWEEK Labs' full review of OS X Lion.