Desktops and Notebooks: OS X Lion` Launches with a Roar

By P. J. Connolly  |  Posted 2011-07-27 Print this article Print
Launchpad Gives -Lion' an iOS Feel

Launchpad Gives -Lion' an iOS Feel

OS X Lion features the Launchpad tool, which is meant to put all of ones applications at ones fingertips; could this be the first sign of a future merging of the OS X platform with iOS?


The latest release of Apple's flagship operating system&#151or at least, what has been its flagship for more than a quarter-century&#151offers 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.

P. J. Connolly began writing for IT publications in 1997 and has a lengthy track record in both news and reviews. Since then, he's built two test labs from scratch and earned a reputation as the nicest skeptic you'll ever meet. Before taking up journalism, P. J. was an IT manager and consultant in San Francisco with a knack for networking the Apple Macintosh, and his love for technology is exceeded only by his contempt for the flavor of the month. Speaking of which, you can follow P. J. on Twitter at pjc415, or drop him an email at

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