Desktops and Notebooks: Apple's Mac OS X 'Lion' Prepares for Windows, webOS Competition

 
 
By Nicholas Kolakowski  |  Posted 2011-06-06
 
 
 

Mac App Store

Mac OS "Lion" includes a baked-in Mac App Store, which offers access to a wide variety of full-screen applications. It is a spiritual descendent of the App Store long available for iOS devices like the iPhone and iPad.

Mac App Store

App Access

Clicking the LaunchPad icon in the Mac's dock will open a grid-like page of applications and folders reminiscent of iOS.??í

App Access

Full-Screen Apps

Lion will offer full-screen applications.

Full-Screen Apps

App Windows

With one click, individual windows within applications will zoom to full screen, and swiping the track pad will allow users to cycle to other windows.??í

App Windows

Mission Control

Another new feature, Mission Control, allows the user to "zoom out" of their desktop to a bird's-eye view of everything running on the system, including applications.

Mission Control

Versions

Versions is Time Machine for individual documents, allowing the user to revert to any number of previous versions with a single click.

Versions

Resume

A feature called "Resume" will restore an application to the same condition prior to logging out or restarting.

Resume

Retail

Lion will retail for $29, starting in July. Apple plans on making the new operating system available via the Mac App Store.

Retail

Lion Server

OS X Lion Server includes the Profile Manager remote-manager application, file-sharing capabilities for iPad and tweaks to the Mail Server.

Lion Server

Multi-Touch

With Lion, track pads now support an increased range of gesture control, including page and image zoom and full-screen swiping.

Multi-Touch

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