Apple’s new operating system, Lion, will have over 250 new features and will be available only through the Mac App Store for $29.99. Since Apple is really a hardware company rather than a software company, this price reflects this fact. The previous operating system for Apple, Leopard, cost over $100.00 and the very recent Snow Leopard cost is inline with Lion being it too was only around $30.00. Let’s take a look at some of the new features and how you’ll be able to get it.
With over 250 new features to Lion, the Mac will be a lot more fun to use. Apple’s gone through the entire previous operating system and revamped it so the user experience is much more intuitive and direct.
Just like on the iPhone, you’ll be able to tap, scroll, pinch and swipe your way through your Mac. This way you’ll be directly controlling what’s on your screen in a more natural and direct way. The more you use it, you’ll see that’s it’s more intuitive and responsive than ever before.
Lion will offer system wide support for full-screen apps and you’ll be able to use every inch of your apple screen. Gone will be the distractions because you can work and play without distractions since the app you’re using will be full-screen. And since you’ll be using every pixel on the screen, your Apple screen will really come alive make it easier to work and play.
The apps that will have full-screen capabilities will be Mail, iCal, Safari, Photo Booth, Facetime, iMovie, GarageBand, Pages, Numbers and Keynote.
Mission Control will bring together your full-screen apps, Dashboard, Expose and Spaces. It will give you, through this one app, a full view of everything on your system. Click and go to have complete control of your system and go anywhere in your Mac with that one click.
Mac App Store
With the Mac Store, you’ll be able to discover new apps for your system and get better prices than purchasing an individual disc from Apple. You’ll also be able to download thousands of free and pay for apps right inside the interface. In addition, the Mac Store will keep track of all your applications you download so you are free from that worry.
Think of Launchpad as a way to open all your apps from a single source. Just click the Launchpad icon in your dock. Your open windows on your desktop will fade away leaving you a full-screen display of all your apps in grid view. Arrange these apps in any way you like, group them together or delete the ones you no longer use. Launchpad and the Mac Store work together so any purchase from the Mac Store will automatically be in Launchpad ready for use.
With Resume, any app you close and then reopen, your work will appear where you left off. Your work is saved and you’ll never have to start from the beginning again. Restart your Mac and everything will be where it was before the restart so you can get on with your work easily and quickly.
Auto Save in the new Lion is a killer new feature. You’ll no longer have to worry about saving open documents with your work. Your Mac will automatically save your work for you. Gone are the days of working on a project for hours only to have it lost forever. It’s kind of like Time Machine except it’s more fine-tuned for your apps.
You’ll be able to revert to a previous state of saved work even lock your work preventing inadvertent changes. Now that’s smart!
How to Upgrade
Gone are the days purchasing a physical copy of the operating system. Apple now sells most of its software through the Mac Store. All you have to do is click the Mac Store icon in Snow Leopard, purchase Lion for $29.99 and download it where you can then install this great new operating system.
To have Lion on your Mac, you’ll need an Intel Core 2 duo, Core i3, Core i5, Core i7 or Xeon processor. Just find out if your current Mac has one of these processors by clicking the Apple icon in the upper left of your screen and selecting about this Mac.
You’ll also need the be running the latest version of Apple’s operating system, Snow Leopard. If you have Snow Leopard, click the Apple icon, choose Software update to install the latest version.
Finally, when Lion is released sometime in July, open the Mac Store, search for Lion and download it. Then, just follow the instructions on your screen for a full installation of Lion.
This is only a partial list of all the 250 plus new features included in Lion. For a complete list of all the new features, head over to the Apple Lion section and read about them there. Almost every application has gone through a partial of major overhaul to bring you the best operating system in the world. From improved drag and drop to picture-in-picture zoom, you’ll find that Lion will make working on your Mac a lot more fun, more intuitive and more natural.