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Mac OS X Lion

Postby Antony » Tue 07 Jun, 2011 3:23 am

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During WWDC 2011, Apple announced that Mac OS X Lion, the eighth major release of the world’s most advanced operating system with more than 250 new features and 3,000 new developer APIs, will be available to customers in July as a download from the Mac App Store for $29.99. Ten major new features in Lion are: Multi-touch gestures, Full-screen applications, Mission Control, Mac App Store, Launchpad, Resume, Auto save, Versions, AirDrop, new Mail app.

New Multi-Touch gestures and fluid animations built into Lion let you interact directly with content on the screen for a more intuitive way to use your Mac. New gestures include momentum scrolling, tapping or pinching your fingers to zoom in on a web page or image, and swiping left or right to turn a page or switch between full screen apps. All Mac notebooks ship with Multi-Touch trackpads and desktop Macs can use Apple’s Magic Trackpad.

Full screen apps take advantage of the entire display and are perfect for reading email, surfing the web or browsing photos, especially on a MacBook Air® or MacBook® Pro. With a single click your app fills the display and you can swipe from one window to another, between full screen apps, or back to your Desktop, Dashboard or Spaces® without ever leaving full screen. iWork® and iLife® apps, as well as Safari®, iTunes®, Mail, FaceTime® and others, all take advantage of Lion’s system-wide support for full screen apps.

Mission Control combines Exposé®, full screen apps, Dashboard and Spaces into one unified experience for a bird’s eye view of every app and window running on your Mac. With a simple swipe, your desktop zooms out to display your open windows grouped by app, thumbnails of your full screen apps and your Dashboard, and allows you to instantly navigate anywhere with a tap.

The Mac App Store is built into Lion and is the best place to discover great new Mac apps, buy them with your iTunes account, download and install them. Apps automatically install directly to Launchpad, and with Lion’s release, the Mac App Store will be able to deliver smaller “delta” app updates and new apps that can take advantage of features like In-App Purchase and Push Notifications.

Launchpad makes it easier than ever to find and launch any app. With a single Multi-Touch gesture, all your Mac apps are displayed in a stunning full screen layout. You can organize apps in any order or into folders and swipe through unlimited pages of apps to find the one you want.

Lion includes a completely redesigned Mail app with an elegant widescreen layout. The new Conversations feature groups related messages into an easily scrollable timeline, intelligently hiding repeated text so the conversation is easy to follow, and retaining graphics and attachments as they were originally sent. An incredibly powerful new search feature allows you to refine your search and suggests matches by person, subject and label as you type. Mail includes built-in support for Microsoft Exchange 2010.

Additional new features in Lion include:

Resume, which conveniently brings your apps back exactly how you left them when you restart your Mac or quit and relaunch an app;
Auto Save, which automatically and continuously saves your documents as you work;
Versions, which automatically records the history of your document as you create it, and gives you an easy way to browse, revert and even copy and paste from previous versions; and
AirDrop, which finds nearby Macs and automatically sets up a peer-to-peer wireless connection to make transferring files quick and easy.

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Mac OS X Lion will be available in July as an upgrade to Mac OS X version 10.6 Snow Leopard from the Mac App Store for only $29.99 (US). Lion will be the easiest OS X upgrade and at about 4GB, it is the size of an HD movie from the iTunes Store. Mac OS X Lion Server requires Lion and will be available in July from the Mac App Store for just $49.99 (US).

Lion requires an Intel-based Mac with a Core 2 Duo, i3, i5, i7 or Xeon processor and 2GB of RAM. The Lion upgrade can be installed on all your authorized personal Macs.

For more information about Mac OS X Lion, please visit www.apple.com/macosx.
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Re: Mac OS X Lion

Postby Antony » Tue 07 Jun, 2011 4:19 am

Up until Mac OS X Leopard, Apple bashers have been attacking Apple for charging $129 "annual tax" to keep the OS X staying up to date. This situation has been changed recently.

Microsoft's Windows Vista was known to be ridiculously expensive, up to a whopping US$399.

Microsoft Windows 7 is cheaper, but still.

The new Mac OS X Lion will be only $29.99. TUAW did the math for us.
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For the cost of Windows 7 Ultimate, people can buy 7.33 Mac OS X Lion.

Also, a single purchase of Mac OS X Lion (though the Mac App Store) can be used on all computers authorised! You don't need to buy multiple copies of OS X for each individual Mac.
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Re: Mac OS X Lion

Postby James » Tue 07 Jun, 2011 10:04 am

Does that mean that Windows Ultimate is 7 and 1/2 times better than Lion, Antony? :wink:
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Re: Mac OS X Lion

Postby Antony » Wed 08 Jun, 2011 12:42 pm

Apple listed 250+ new features on Mac OS X Lion v10.7 (over Mac OS X Snow Leopard v10.6), with 10 new features being highlighted. Okay, someone counted the "250+", which is 254 actually.

I am pretty sure that Windows 7 Ultimate had 1,905 new features (over Windows Vista Ultimate)! :lol:

(254 x 7 1/2 = 1,905)
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Re: Mac OS X Lion

Postby iJohnE » Sat 25 Jun, 2011 11:14 am

For the price of Linux Mint, you could buy NO copies of Windows or OS X. :P :tux:
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Re: Mac OS X Lion

Postby Pu7o » Wed 29 Jun, 2011 1:18 pm

So hold on a second here. This is ONLY available on the App store? You can't have it on a physical, reinstallable-whenever-you-want-DVD?

I can't even have an easy to use DVD to reinstall the Operating System whenever I want anymore? This is going to be a problem... If I need to, say, reinstall the operating system, how am I supposed to do this?
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Re: Mac OS X Lion

Postby Antony » Wed 29 Jun, 2011 3:56 pm

Pu7o wrote:If I need to, say, reinstall the operating system, how am I supposed to do this?

You update to 10.6.8, then, redownload from Mac App Store, like all other apps on the Mac App Store, you won't be re-charged, and you can installed it on all your Macs signed on with the same account.
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Re: Mac OS X Lion

Postby Pu7o » Wed 29 Jun, 2011 7:25 pm

So let me get this straight. If I want to reinstall the operating system, I have to first install an older version, update THAT, then download 4+GB worth of 10.7?

Am I the only one finding this to be utterly idiotic?
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Re: Mac OS X Lion

Postby Antony » Wed 29 Jun, 2011 10:31 pm

No, you are not the only one. However, i won't be worried at this stage. There should have some easier ways once it is released officially.

The MacBook Air come with a USB stick for OS X and system reinstallation.
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Re: Mac OS X Lion

Postby iJohnE » Fri 01 Jul, 2011 4:36 pm

Pu7o wrote:So let me get this straight. If I want to reinstall the operating system, I have to first install an older version, update THAT, then download 4+GB worth of 10.7?

Am I the only one finding this to be utterly idiotic?


From the moment they announced it was going to be in the Mac App store, I thought it was idiotic.
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Re: Mac OS X Lion

Postby Don_HH2K » Fri 01 Jul, 2011 10:38 pm

This could all be avoided if they just let you do what you want with the content of your downloads, such as burn them to a CD. :roll:
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Re: Mac OS X Lion

Postby iJohnE » Sat 02 Jul, 2011 10:29 am

Don_HH2K wrote:This could all be avoided if they just let you do what you want with the content of your downloads, such as burn them to a CD. :roll:


I am sure that someone will upload Lion to a torrent. In that case you could buy it in the app store, but download it via torrent and install it however you want.
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Re: Mac OS X Lion

Postby Pu7o » Sun 03 Jul, 2011 6:50 am

Piracy isn't necessary. No need to go that far.

It turns out that although this isn't officially supported, you can, in fact, burn OS X Lion bought from the Mac App Store onto a DVD. The internal files in the installation program include a complete burnable disk image (called ESDInstall.dmg). Whew.

Though I still think it's stupid because people with very slow Internet connections will be in trouble if they want to buy Lion. But hey, it's a huge improvement.
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Re: Mac OS X Lion

Postby Antony » Sun 03 Jul, 2011 8:16 am

Pu7o wrote:Though I still think it's stupid because people with very slow Internet connections will be in trouble if they want to buy Lion. But hey, it's a huge improvement.

I guess you can blame USA for way too advanced. Most Americans have super fast internet connections as well as almost non-limit (no download quota), and the companies have forgotten the rest of the world.
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Re: Mac OS X Lion

Postby Pu7o » Sun 03 Jul, 2011 9:27 am

Actually, from what I heard, most first-world and second-world countries are better off than the US when it comes to Internet connections. From what I hear, most home connections in the US are terrible due to ISP monopoly.
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