Mac OS X Lion announced, coming Summer '11

Apple announced today at their "Back to the Mac" event, that they are releasing a new Mac OS X, called "Lion".

Apple wanted to bring some innovations found in the iPhone and iPad, and bring them back to the Mac. One of of the new features is multi-touch, so Apple is bringing multi-touch to Mac OS X Lion. Apple has tried long to bring multi-touch to the Mac through trackpads and mouse.

The App Store will also be making an appearance on Mac OS X Lion. With downloadable apps, like Angry birds, you'll be able to play games, browse apps, read books and many more. The Mac App Store will be separate from the iPhone, iPod and iPad store, but will be used just like it.

The store will feature free and paid apps, with the same agreement for developers (70/30). The Mac App Store will feature an update feature, checking to see if any of your apps are out of date, with automatic updating.

Lion will also include home screens, just like the iPhone and iPad. Having a few different desktops with icons across your home screen, so you can access your apps. The App Store will feature top paid, top free and many other categories like the mobile App Store has.

The Mac App Store also contains rating, comments and photos so you can see exactly what you're about to buy. Launch Pad in Lion will bring a quick and easy way to launch your apps onto your desktop, without cluttering your view up. You can also create folders, just like on iOS 4.0.

Lion will bring full screen apps to the desktop, just like in iPhoto, so you can focus on what you're reading or playing. With full screen mode, you want to find your apps and screens easier, well Lion is bringing a new feature called "Mission Control", where you can view all your opened screens with a single click, making it easier to open or browse through screens.

Apple plans on releasing Lion this summer. The Mac App Store will work on Snow Leopard, and will open in 90 days from today. Developers can submit applications next month.

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It's actually not that bad, at the moment it looks alot like Snow Leopard. The Apps folder is gone and replaced with that fullscreen iPad style "launchpad" which in a lot of ways is better then the old way. Finally get fullscreen apps (being primarily a Windows user, this was a major frustration for me!) and Mission Control just seems like Exposé on steroids. Shaping up rather nicely to be honest and probably will upgrade my '09 Mac mini to it next year.

so Lion is basically iOS except without the calling and texting.... not unless you count messengers and skype for calling and texting features.

stablemist said,
so Lion is basically iOS except without the calling and texting.... not unless you count messengers and skype for calling and texting features.
No, it's still very much OSX. The new iOS style applications folder is just that, a folder! they merely replaced the App folder in the dock (you know the one that pops out) and replaced it with a full screen window (iPad style) and supports folders, which is much better then what we get right now. You need to calm down guys!!

I guess a lot of us REALLY expected big innovative introductions to OSX Lion but my question is .. what we saw today, is that ALL that will be on the new Mac OS X???

IMO, the only thing I liked a lot about Lion was the icon that moves from the App Store to the dock LOL

for those who don't know .. no .. Microsoft won't copy Apple on the App Store .. it already had it planned a few months ago http://bit.ly/cd5dcY [although now I wonder since when Apple had thought about the App Store]

astroX said,
I guess a lot of us REALLY expected big innovative introductions to OSX Lion but my question is .. what we saw today, is that ALL that will be on the new Mac OS X???

IMO, the only thing I liked a lot about Lion was the icon that moves from the App Store to the dock LOL

for those who don't know .. no .. Microsoft won't copy Apple on the App Store .. it already had it planned a few months ago http://bit.ly/cd5dcY [although now I wonder since when Apple had thought about the App Store]

No this is not all. This was just a sneak peek. Steve himself said there will be a ton more and he doesn't have time to show most of them here. Thus, wait for new updates from the top boss of Apple!

thextinct said,

No this is not all. This was just a sneak peek. Steve himself said there will be a ton more and he doesn't have time to show most of them here. Thus, wait for new updates from the top boss of Apple!

oh! good to hear then! thanks

thextinct said,
he doesn't have time to show most of them here. Thus, wait for new updates from the top boss of Apple!
"Doesn't have time", yeah sure. You realise that's just marketing? I'm sure there is more, they just don't want to show it all at once.

btw .. what's there really any coincidence about Apple's name them 'Back To The Mac' when we are in the middle of Back To The Future 25th anniversary?

Euh hum, I think not.
Great strategy though!

So basically... Launchpad equals running programs from the desktop, like Windows? Hmm.. Looks a bit lame.

Im not bashing here, I own a mbp, iphone, imac, I love apple, this is just a little bit strange.

edit: fullscreen apps, the way it looks on the site, ROCKS!

Wow, some of these new 'gesture' ideas they have implemented are really cool. Guess I'm going to have to reconsider picking up a magic mouse after all.... I'm really liking the new launchpad and mission control.

The app store for the Mac... no thank you. It sounds like they are headed towards Mac's only being able to get their apps from a store in the future.

hagjohn said,
The app store for the Mac... no thank you. It sounds like they are headed towards Mac's only being able to get their apps from a store in the future.

It would take an enormous amount of time to change the desktop OS so significantly that you can't install software from outside the app store. It would also take money away from retailers currently selling Apple software.

While it is bound to happen eventually (cloud IS WHAT'S NEXT), and there'd be very little difference between a managed app store and simple signed code (assuming it's taken seriously), it's not going to take over any time soon, and besides...

By the time it does happen, years and years from now, if we're STILL working with the exact same desktop paradigm we have today, you have far worse things to be depressed about. The desktop is stagnating enough already, and we need changes like these to inspire other, newer ideas. I realize the techies of today have turned into crotchety old men who crap their pants at the thought of change, but we need new markets, and if hardware isn't going to innovate (yay, something new is faster. or smaller. or bigger. woo.), and software doesn't have innovative hardware to innovate on top of, we might as well evolve delivery and see if it plants some seeds.

The iOS UI works well for small devices, but does not scale to a 24-30" monitor. I have a feeling OSX may be on the way out as Apple is obviously refocusing on their more lucrative iOS devices...

psreloaded said,
Soon they will run out of names of tigers and lions.

Indeed. They've pretty much exhausted the list now unless they go to smaller cats (Lynx, Cougar, etc).

I can't help but think though despite the efforts on 10.x there has been a lot of work on what I guess will be MacOS 11.x!

See, it's funny because I think this is what will happen: since there will be a Mac App Store Apple will start restricting (even more) the applications you can run on OSX. It will be a completely controlled environment where you have to pay for most of the stuff you use. No freeware for you.

Still haven't even tried out Snow Leopard. Feel like I'm getting behind on MacOS

Wonder if Lion will get priced like Snow Leopard did, or whether it'll be back to being a fully priced upgrade?

Wonder if the app store will work like a lot of Linux package managers and offer the ability to search for and install updates for "all" of your software from one place.

tuxplorer said,
OMG OMG apps auto saving and auto resuming finally on the desktop is absolutely killer functionality. Windows 7 is close with the Restart Manager but apps don't yet auto save their state and auto resume. Except for browsers and Windows Explorer windows. How wonderful will it be to *Reboot* when it's required instead of hibernate and have your apps and docs loaded exactly like bfore?

It's up to application developers to save and restore transient state.

After 25 years or so of making software and operating systems. They introduce a new feature called FULL SCREEN wow im impressed. Never knew something like that existed before.

sweet5695 said,
After 25 years or so of making software and operating systems. They introduce a new feature called FULL SCREEN wow im impressed. Never knew something like that existed before.

love it!

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