Rumor: Mac OS X 10.7 ready for launch?

While there are lots of rumors about Apple's portable devices like the iPhone, the iPod line and the iPad that doesn't mean that the company doesn't have other updates up their sleeve. One of them is the long awaited update to its Mac OS X operating system for its Macbooks and Mac lines of notebook and desktop PCs. The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) has posted up word via unnamed sources that the next major update to the Mac OS X is getting close to its public debut.

According to the story, Mac OS X 10.7, code named "Lion" has "gone live for internal Apple testing as recently as last week" if the story's sources are correct. It adds that, "An internal testing release generally indicates that Lion is near to a real world debut." That would seem to suggest that Apple is prepping for "Lion's" public release for its Worldwide Apple Developers Conference which is scheduled to begin one week from today on June 7 in San Francisco.

The "Lion" update, when it is released, will actually be the eighth major update for the Mac OS X operating system. It was first announced last October. The Apple web site has posted up a web page that goes into detail about what features "Lion" will have, including full screen app viewing, a feature called Mission Control that is supposed to give the user "a bird’s-eye view of everything — including Dashboard and full-screen apps — all in one place" , auto saving of your work and more.

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Been using Windows since 3.0 and Macs since the first iMac (and Linux for years too). Always preferred the Mac OS to Microsoft (just suited my needs better). But the similarities between the two OSs are so close now that OS X Lion doesn't get me excited at all and it seems to have lost it's professional polish. I'm worried Lion be like Vista was for Windows and how will it compare to Windows 8?

I'm shocked how many people are still so ignorant regarding OS X, although considering how much MS has been borrowing from it the last couple years I can see where the confusion is rooted.

These Mac VS Pc debates are priceless. It's the abortion debate of technology. Macs are overpriced and over-rated. Unless you want to have sex with your hardware, then you have another problem, that's called ego.

jimmyfal said,
These Mac VS Pc debates are priceless. It's the abortion debate of technology. Macs are overpriced and over-rated. Unless you want to have sex with your hardware, then you have another problem, that's called ego.

It should be Mac vs Windows these days considering Macs are also fall under the name "PC".

Jesus christ, why does everyone instantly get defensive as soon as OSX news is posted? why not just enjoy the choice and appreciate others' decision to use what they are using. Both OSX and Windows are heading in awesome directions.

OSX is lightyears ahead in development of a core OS. They just don't have the sway or cheapskates to afford their nicely designed overpriced hardware.

Windows is familiar, and at least one version of it has to work on whatever computer you concocted from spare parts. Ain't going to run good, but it'll work....

Ruciz said,
OSX is lightyears ahead in development of a core OS. They just don't have the sway or cheapskates to afford their nicely designed overpriced hardware.

Windows is familiar, and at least one version of it has to work on whatever computer you concocted from spare parts. Ain't going to run good, but it'll work....


Windows > OS X

Apple can barely get OS X running on a few models. (just check mac forums or apple support forums) MS can make Windows run on many without any problems.

It is actually impressive how Windows works on so many varieties of Hardware. I would love to see Mac OS X try and do this and hell if they do, I would buy Mac OS X and use it! Im no way replacing my powerful machine over to a hardware POS iMac which is dog slower than my machine now and way over priced.

I haven't used Lion since the first developer's build but I definitely hope that they improved Mission Control. I found that, on the first launch of MC on a cold boot, it took at least 10 seconds to load. After that first time it was instant, but it's definitely a downgrade from Expose if it takes so long in the first place.

Tanshin said,
I haven't used Lion since the first developer's build but I definitely hope that they improved Mission Control. I found that, on the first launch of MC on a cold boot, it took at least 10 seconds to load. After that first time it was instant, but it's definitely a downgrade from Expose if it takes so long in the first place.

It's all a lot more polished now and feels much smoother than the first release.

Depicus said,

It's all a lot more polished now and feels much smoother than the first release.

Oh good. It would be stupid to leave it like it was before because it was just squashing all the potential.

top-down view to compare windows to OSX, its a no brainer that OSX wins. Theres too many evident points to argue.

Now if you bought a bunch of windows-only hardware, and expect that to work in OSX - HAHAHA, but you CAN use bootcamp and your windows 7 to install windows 7 on your mac. Or buy parallels to make them both work at the same time.

That one point there is more than Windows ever offered.

Ruciz said,
top-down view to compare windows to OSX, its a no brainer that OSX wins. Theres too many evident points to argue.

Now if you bought a bunch of windows-only hardware, and expect that to work in OSX - HAHAHA, but you CAN use bootcamp and your windows 7 to install windows 7 on your mac. Or buy parallels to make them both work at the same time.

That one point there is more than Windows ever offered.

How exactly does OS X win? I have posted hard evidence about how OS X lacks many stuff that Windows does out of the box.

You do relise things like Bootcamp will work because it uses emulated drivers. Just like VMware Workstation in Windows will emulate any OS.

Windows 7 FTW. People who uses this OS are just pricks that think they are better than 2+ billions people around the world.

I know because there is one Mac in my organization used by another graphics designer and this person just don't know how to use that hunk of aluminium called iMac. Person thinks the mac is better than anything else on our domain. That thing if just POS but I never tell her for no ruining her sentiments.

Ricardo Dawkins said,
Windows 7 FTW. People who uses this OS are just pricks that think they are better than 2+ billions people around the world.

I know because there is one Mac in my organization used by another graphics designer and this person just don't know how to use that hunk of aluminium called iMac. Person thinks the mac is better than anything else on our domain. That thing if just POS but I never tell her for no ruining her sentiments.

Failed logic. One person doesn't represent an entire population. I'm a user who knows how to use his iMac, but I don't think I have the best out there because everyone has different preferences.

For gods sake. I was about to post on here about how tragic it was that ANY post about MacOS degenerates into a slanging match about why it's so crap and why anyone who buys an Apple product is a loser. I was looking for the ideal post that highlighted the problem and BINGO.. I saw yours.

How about people just like the CHOICE. They don't want to be tied to a single product on a single platform. It's a hilarious contradiction, by people such as yourself, that all the people who buy iPhones are apparently sheep (because there are so many out there), yet the Mac is the underdog but people who use them are "pricks" because they don't want to conform and use the same product as everyone else.

Here's a notion. Maybe some people LIKE the way OSX works. Maybe some people respect Apple, and are loyal to them because they've consistently delivered interesting and well engineered products. Brand loyalty goes a long way.

And for the record, I'm not defending Apple as a Mac fanboy.. My PC is a Windows 7 PC and my phone is a HTC Desire running Android. I just get so sick of stupid, baseless, uninformed opinions like this.

Ricardo Dawkins said,
Windows 7 FTW. People who uses this OS are just pricks that think they are better than 2+ billions people around the world.

I know because there is one Mac in my organization used by another graphics designer and this person just don't know how to use that hunk of aluminium called iMac. Person thinks the mac is better than anything else on our domain. That thing if just POS but I never tell her for no ruining her sentiments.

Is it normal for you to base your entire opinion about something on one single event or circumstance? Seems like a narrow minded approach to the world.

dotf said,

Hope it's more consistent than gThis and kThat or plain old x-windows.

Windows is plain, since when? 7 Looks fantastic to me, better than OS X. That taskbar they use at the top was so last year.

SuperKid said,

Windows is plain, since when? 7 Looks fantastic to me, better than OS X. That taskbar they use at the top was so last year.


SuperKid said,

Windows is plain, since when? 7 Looks fantastic to me, better than OS X. That taskbar they use at the top was so last year.


I think he means x-windows-org for linux

Hell-In-A-Handbasket said,
10.X releaces are not service packs
10.5.X was a service pack

Thank you for clarifying that for all of us. What would we do without you?

AtriusNY said,

Thank you for clarifying that for all of us. What would we do without you?

More than half the people in this thread needed the clarification.

eilegz said,
another priced service pack?, when are they gonna release version 11

Snow Leopard: $30
Windows 7: >$100 well depending on which edition you pick

Asesh said,

Snow Leopard: $30
Windows 7: >$100 well depending on which edition you pick

Mac OS: Every 1-1.5 years
Windows: Every 3+ years

mrp04 said,

Mac OS: Every 1-1.5 years
Windows: Every 3+ years

well even if you was one year an oem copy of windows is still more expensive then an OS released every year at 3 then an OS released every 3.

eilegz said,
another priced service pack?, when are they gonna release version 11

Maybe you want to rethink your perception of version numbering systems.

GS:mac

Asesh said,

Snow Leopard: $30
Windows 7: >$100 well depending on which edition you pick

Snow Leopard: $30
Windows Vista SP1 : $0
Windows 7 SP1 :$0

Asesh said,

Snow Leopard: $30
Windows 7: >$100 well depending on which edition you pick


How is Windows 7 a ****ing service pack????

Magallanes said,

Snow Leopard: $30
Windows Vista SP1 : $0
Windows 7 SP1 :$0

Ur an idiot for thinking an OSX point release is anything like a service pack lol

eilegz said,
another priced service pack?, when are they gonna release version 11

Ignorance is bliss.

Every company has its own versioning system. A service pack for Windows is a collection of updates and fixes, while Apple's, "service pack," is the same plus new features. Microsoft saves its features for their major releases.

Also, if you're hung up on version numbers, here's a bitter pill for you to swallow. Windows Vista is version 6.0 and Windows 7 is version 6.1.

bogd said,

Ignorance is bliss.

Every company has its own versioning system. A service pack for Windows is a collection of updates and fixes, while Apple's, "service pack," is the same plus new features. Microsoft saves its features for their major releases.

Also, if you're hung up on version numbers, here's a bitter pill for you to swallow. Windows Vista is version 6.0 and Windows 7 is version 6.1.

I owned a macbook pro with Leopard, i installed Snow Leopard and i was unable to find any difference. The Apple site show about 100 differences but they are trivial or hard to prove it (such :Safari runs 20% fast in snow leopard, source Apple).

However, there are a ton of differences between Windows Vista and Windows 7.

Snow Leopard was a big meh.

Magallanes said,

I owned a macbook pro with Leopard, i installed Snow Leopard and i was unable to find any difference. The Apple site show about 100 differences but they are trivial or hard to prove it (such :Safari runs 20% fast in snow leopard, source Apple).

However, there are a ton of differences between Windows Vista and Windows 7.

Snow Leopard was a big meh.

Good Point. Snow Leopard is the exception and not the rule. The updates were more under the hood than flashy backup solutions. It was more about laying down a better foundation before pressing on. Because it was more meh than past updates is the reason why it was priced at $30 and called Snow Leopard instead of some other cat.

dotf said,

You, are an idiot for thinking it's not.


When was the last time a Windows service pack brought major new functionality and interface changes to the OS?

.Neo said,

When was the last time a Windows service pack brought major new functionality and interface changes to the OS?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_7#Service_Pack_1
http://www.microsoft.com/downl...e59ddc11&displaylang=en

Highlights include:
Dynamic Memory
Microsoft RemoteFX
Enhancements to scalability and high availability when using DirectAccess
Support for Managed Service Accounts (MSAs) in secure branch office scenarios
Support for increased volume of authentication traffic on domain controllers connected to high-latency networks
Enhancements to Failover Clustering with Storage
Additional support for communication with third-party federation services
Improved HDMI audio device performance
Corrected behavior when printing mixed-orientation XPS documents
Change to behavior of “Restore previous folders at logon” functionality
Enhanced support for additional identities in RRAS and IPsec
Support for Advanced Vector Extensions (AVX)
Improved Support for Advanced Format (512e) Storage Devices

Read the 2nd link (3rd .doc file "notable changes") for further elaboration on this nice, free service pack.

That is actually true, Service Packs for Windows do provide some feature updates, changes or possibly new features like the Remote Desktop feature they added, RemoteFX.

.Neo said,

When was the last time a Windows service pack brought major new functionality and interface changes to the OS?

XP SP2, Vista SP1 are two examples. (Most of the SP1 enhancements in 7 were mostly bug fixes. The big updates were in Server 2008 R2 SP1 which were RemoteFX and Dynamic Memory.)

eilegz said,
another priced service pack?, when are they gonna release version 11

Blah, blah, blah. Apple does their releases different than Microsoft. Get it?

Jebadiah said,
First! Didn't we already hear about this yesterday?

And didn't we all have heard and vomited over that useless, childish BS about "first!", like a million times before?

Luis Mazza said,

And didn't we all have heard and vomited over that useless, childish BS about "first!", like a million times before?


Just seeing you cry with jealousy is good enough for me.