Apple gave a sneak peek of Mac OS X Lion, the eighth major release of the world's most advanced operating system. Shipping next summer, Lion is inspired by many of iPad's software innovations.
Today's sneak peek highlighted just a few of Lion's features, including:
- Mac App Store, that brings the revolutionary App Store experience to OS X, making discovering, installing and updating Mac apps easier than ever. Like on iPad, you purchase apps using your iTunes account and they download and install in just one step. App updates are delivered directly through Mac App Store, so it's easy to keep all of your apps up to date. Mac App Store will be available for Snow Leopard within 90 days and will be included in Lion when it ships next summer.
- Launchpad a new home for all Mac apps. Apps can be organized in any order or grouped into folders, and you can swipe through multiple pages of apps to find the one you want.
- Lion includes system-wide support for full screen apps. With Lion, you can enter full screen mode with just one click, switch from one full screen app to another with just a swipe of trackpad, and swipe back to desktop to access your multi-window apps.
- Mission Control presents you with a unified view of every app and window running on your Mac, so you can instantly navigate anywhere. Mission Control also incorporates the next generation of Expos