The developer preview of Apple’s forth coming iteration of OSX Lion was recently released and news of it’s planned capabilities is hitting blogs across the world… So, who am I not to post about this as well. :0)
While I still consider myself “new” to the Apple fandom, just having purchased my first MacBook Pro about 13 months ago, some would consider me approaching “fanboy” status… Frankly, I would agree with them, and I am not insulted by that moniker. I try to follow Apple news closely and honestly look forward to the release of just about every new product except for the iPod and desktop line really, I am a mobile snob otherwise… For those of you who have not heard, Apple is about 3-4 months away from releasing the newest version of the OS X operating system codenamed: Lion. From what I can see and have been reading… WOW! It has the potential to be stunning.
Apple is blending the lessons learned from iOS usability, the OS X features and power, and gesture based control from the new trackpads and the magic mouse to create what “feels” like a whole new world of usability and UI design that “could” revolutionize (or evolutionize – yeah I know I made that up) how you will interact with computers in the future. For me, I am greatly looking forward to this release.
Keep reading after the break for more specifics on OS X Lion
Lion, Mac OS X 10.7 is due to be released this summer. My personal guess would be in June, just before the announcement of the iPhone 5, so it will be in place to work right into and accelerate Apple’s ecosystem.
Here are the features that I am most excited about:
Full screen apps…
You can make a window in an app full screen with one click, switch to another app’s full-screen window with a swipe of the trackpad, and swipe back to the desktop to access your other apps — all without ever leaving the full-screen experience.
I know many many many… of my readers and “PC guys” will be doubled over laughing… The power of a (insert computing product here) is it’s ability to multitask. Both the iPhone and iPad have been knocked for lacking this capability at launch and having only recently gotten this capability with the iOS 4 and 4.2 updates respectively. However, I for one am glad that which Lion WILL have multitasking capabilities to rival the best of “them” it will also have the ability to allow the user to focus on a single task without having to go into system settings to “hide” the dock and leverage spaces like I currently do to easily focus on a task and to command option arrow to switch between tasks. The new gesture system to switch will be really welcomed. I know that I occasionally find myself swiping to get between applications after browsing the web for a while and getting in the habit OS swiping to move forward and back on webpages.
Just click the Launchpad icon in your Dock. Your open windows fade away, replaced by an elegant, full-screen display of all the apps on your Mac. It takes just a swipe to see multiple pages of apps, and you can arrange them any way you like by dragging icons to different locations or by grouping apps in folders.
I leverage the App Folder shortcut all the time. Being able to have to keep from drilling into folders (unless I wanted to ) is going to be great. Again, the ability to swipe gesture will be great.
It gives you a bird’s-eye view of everything — including Dashboard and full-screen apps — all in one place.
I love spaces, but exposé will only show you what is in the “space” you are working in… With mission control, I’ll have access to everything at a swipe with other gestures to expand tiles items to get at everything… Too cool… Mash this up with the connect or perhaps an iSight app for gesture tracking and we are really living in the future…
AutoSave, Versions, and Air Drop
Versions records the evolution of a document as you create it. Mac OS X Lion automatically creates a version of the document each time you open it and every hour while you’re working on it. AirDrop doesn’t require setup or special settings. Just click the AirDrop icon in the Finder sidebar, and your Mac automatically discovers other people nearby who are using AirDrop.
‘Nuff said! The power of a digital notebook with wiki like characteristics, and a new albeit Mac exclusive way to instantaneously share and transfer files… I could have used AirDrop during the #ice11 conference last week. It would have made the 265mb download from one location, then upload to MobileMe, then provide a sharing link to another person seem like we were living in the stone age.
OS X Server
Lion Server is now part of Mac OS X Lion. [It] provides local and remote administration — for users and groups, push notifications, file sharing, calendaring, mail, contacts, chat, Time Machine, VPN, web, and wiki services — all in one place.
Holy WOW. There is no mention if there will be an increased cost or other fees to activate or setup your Mac or a partition to act as a server, but what amazing possibilities arise for running your own version of MobileMe right from your house complete with iPhone and iPad integration and management… This could also be another reason that rumors are out there about MobileMe moving to a free service…
Overall, Lion looks to be very very compelling to advance the roadmaps of operating systems overall. I encourage everyone to check out all of the information at Apple’s Lion site.
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