'Lion' Launches with a Roar, But Leaves Us Flat

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 pjc@eweek.com.
By P. J. Connolly  |  Posted 2011-07-27 Email Print this article Print
Launchpad Gives �Lion� an iOS Feel

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

The new release of Apple's desktop operating system is certainly a leap ahead for the Mac platform in many ways. Mac OS X "Lion"-release 10.7-provides a better security architecture, new data encryption options and introduces user interface paradigms that foreshadow a time when gesture-based touch computing will be taken for granted.

There's no question that, technically, Lion is the best release of the Mac operating system ever. But, being a person who dislikes change for the mere sake of change, I'm left underwhelmed at best by many of the latest tweaks to the supporting applications and user interface. Apparently, the goal was to make the Mac UI look more like that of an iPhone or iPad, and Apple has succeeded, for better or worse.

For a look at Lion in action, click the image above to view a screen gallery, and be sure to read my full review, 'Lion' Leaves Us Flat, at eWEEK.com.

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