TechSpot: Apple Mac OS X 10.7 Lion - A Preview of What's to Come

Steve Jobs revealed few details about Mac OS X 10.7 Lion at the "Back to the Mac" gathering on Apple's Cupertino campus late last year. But most recently the company began seeding a preview of the operating system to its developer program members, giving us a chance to see where OS X is headed before it becomes available to the general public this summer.

Between the iOS-like features we saw back in October and what we are seeing now, it's clear Apple has drawn a lot of inspiration from its popular iPhone and iPad devices, making significant changes to OS X and adding features that are focused on simplifying the overall experience for both new and longtime Mac users.

Considering that OS X's last major release, Snow Leopard, was not focused on new end-user features, Mac OS X Lion appears to be a more significant release in terms of functionality, user interface and workflow improvements. TechSpot has compiled a list with several of the changes and new features disclosed so far.

Read: Apple Mac OS X Lion: A Preview of What's to Come

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There must be more features of Lion coming, the current state of it does feel like it's just a preview as the release name suggested. Even though it offers some degree of a transition path to the whole iOS dominance, and though I'm one of those few people that support such transition, Lion still feels a bit lackluster.

We need some features that attract most OSX users, such as better integration of the Mac App Store, unified software update(for the system components and MAS apps), a Growl compatible notification system, 64-bit and hardware accelerated iTunes, etc.

The window resizing feature is a welcome change. Using a 11' MBA some windows expand to the point where I can't size them properly cause I can't reach the bottom corner. Neufuse is right, a lot of the changes are going towards a Windows feel.

Titoist said,
The window resizing feature is a welcome change. Using a 11' MBA some windows expand to the point where I can't size them properly cause I can't reach the bottom corner. Neufuse is right, a lot of the changes are going towards a Windows feel.

You got an 11 foot screen?

Where did ya buy?

I want one!

windbreaker11 said,
God, i'm getting tired of Neowin recycling news from other tech sites!

that's the whole point of neowin? most of their news is aggregated to here, some is home brewed, but the majority is an aggregation, how can you be sick of what it always was?

windbreaker11 said,
God, i'm getting tired of Neowin recycling news from other tech sites!

I've been subscribing to and reading the WSJ lately, and I'm amazed how news from that source takes 2 or 3 days to reach the tech blogosphere. If you want breaking original news, you need to subscribe to it.

my favorite thing is how they are ditching stuff that was familiar to Mac users and replacing it with more windows like features.... stuff that mac lovers always claimed would never change..... like Zoom (maxamize)... never a need for full screen apps...... blah blah... then resize windows... we dont need to resize from boarders, we have the resize grip in the lower right corner thats all we ever need... who would ever resize from any other location!..... I mean comon... Apple is finally realizing that people do use these things... its like the right mouse button, context menus are a nice thing... having to do an command click yeah thats so much easier then the right mouse button just being there... they are finally catching on that more options is a good thing, not force a single one down your throat and let the people that are obsessed with it say why its so much better then choice...

Zoom... is... still... there... in... Mac... OS... X... Lion..., It... Hasn't... Been... Replaced... By... Full... Screen...

.Neo said,
Zoom... is... still... there... in... Mac... OS... X... Lion..., It... Hasn't... Been... Replaced... By... Full... Screen...

I didn't mean they replaced making a window bigger was "full screen" on a mac those are different things

Full screen mode, is not the same as maximize a window. In effect it is the equivalent to hitting F11 in a browser on Windows...so no it is not what you are talking about.

Full screen mode, is not the same as maximize a window. In effect it is the equivalent to hitting F11 in a browser on Windows...so no it is not what you are talking about.

neufuse said,
my favorite thing is how they are ditching stuff that was familiar to Mac users and replacing it with more windows like features.

Same thoughts after reading the post above yours.

neufuse said,
its like the right mouse button, context menus are a nice thing... having to do an command click yeah thats so much easier then the right mouse button just being there...

they have always been there, you do nott need to do cmd+click, you can click with two fingers in the trackpad or right cilck with a normal mouse..

neufuse said,
my favorite thing is how they are ditching stuff that was familiar to Mac users and replacing it with more windows like features.... stuff that mac lovers always claimed would never change..... like Zoom (maxamize)... never a need for full screen apps...... blah blah... then resize windows... we dont need to resize from boarders, we have the resize grip in the lower right corner thats all we ever need... who would ever resize from any other location!..... I mean comon... Apple is finally realizing that people do use these things... its like the right mouse button, context menus are a nice thing... having to do an command click yeah thats so much easier then the right mouse button just being there... they are finally catching on that more options is a good thing, not force a single one down your throat and let the people that are obsessed with it say why its so much better then choice...

It's not news that Apple and Microsoft exchange ideas in their operating systems. It has happened for years, and will keep happening. And it's usually good news for users of either operating system.