Apple’s 8th major release of their Mac OS X operating system has now been officially added to the App Store now for €23.99. Lion marks the first time that physical Disc-based media has been abandoned in favor of an exclusive App Store digital download only. Only up-to-date Macs running OS X Snow Leopard are compatible Lion. Below is a list of some of the major new features and enhancements found in this latest release.
Multi-Touch gestures transform the way you interact with your Mac, making all you do more intuitive and direct. Now an even richer Multi-Touch experience comes to OS X Lion. Enjoy more fluid and realistic gesture responses, including rubber-band scrolling, page and image zoom and full-screen swiping.
OS X Lion offers system-wide support for gorgeous, full-screen apps that use every inch of your Mac display. You can have multiple full-screen apps open at once — along with multiple standard-size apps. And it’s easy to switch between full-screen and desktop views.
Mission Control brings together full-screen apps, Dashboard, Exposé and Spaces in one new feature that gives you a bird’s-eye view of everything on your system. With a single swipe on the trackpad, your desktop zooms out to Mission Control. Think of it as the hub of your system: view everything and go anywhere with just a click.
The best way to discover apps for your Mac is now on your Mac. Just like the App Store on iPad, the Mac App Store lets you browse and download thousands of free and paid apps that you can start using straightaway on all your Mac computers authorised for personal use. New apps install in one step straight to Launchpad, and the Mac App Store keeps track of your apps and tells you when updates are available.
Launchpad is a new, full-screen home for all the apps on your Mac. Just click the Launchpad icon in your Dock. Your open windows fade away, replaced by a full-screen display of all your apps. Arrange your apps any way you want, group them together in folders or delete them from your Mac with ease. And when you download an app from the Mac App Store, it automatically appears in Launchpad, ready to blast off.
Now apps you close will reopen right where you left off, so you never have to start from scratch again. And when you install software updates, you no longer need to save your work, close your apps and spend valuable time setting everything up again. With Resume, you can restart your Mac and return to what you were doing — with all your apps in the exact places you left them.
There are a further 250+ new features and refinements to be found in OS X Lion. Visit Apple’s website for more details.