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

 
 
By P. J. Connolly  |  Posted 2011-07-27
 
 
 

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?

Launchpad Gives -Lion' an iOS Feel

A Replacement for Spaces

Mission Control brings together all the applications currently running into a one-blink view: open windows, Dashboard widgets and full-screen applications all get a bit of the limelight.

A Replacement for Spaces

What's an -AirPort'?

Apple has stopped referring to its 802.11 wireless networking as AirPort, choosing instead to go with the industry standard WiFi and thereby saving users some confusion.

What's an -AirPort'?

New -Large Type' Titles in Finder

The Finder has been given a makeover, with the Lion theme of muted colors and larger, more-visible titles in the sidebar.

New -Large Type' Titles in Finder

Mail, Subdued

The Mail application in Lion has also been reskinned with the Lion OSs muted themes and a reorganized interface meant to give users more screen to work with.

Mail, Subdued

Reskinned Preview

The Preview tool for viewing image and PDF files has seen a reworking, with a new full-screen view, a smart magnification feature, and auto save support, as well as other enhancements.

Reskinned Preview

Leather-bound Look for iCal

The iCal appointment manager has also gone full-screen in Lion, and a new Year view allows the user to see 12 months at once.

Leather-bound Look for iCal

Finally, Full-Disk FileVault

The overhauled FileVault encryption feature now supports encrypting the entire disk, instead of being limited to the users home directory, as in previous versions; external volumes can also be encypted.

Finally, Full-Disk FileVault

Address Book Gets a Makeover

The leather-bound look also makes an appearance in Address Book, which adds support for FaceTime video calls, birthdays without a year, and social network profiles.

Address Book Gets a Makeover

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