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Mac OS 10.7 Lion adds iOS-style interface enhancements

updated 02:55 pm EDT, Wed October 20, 2010

10.7 coming next summer

Apple has announced the next version of Mac OS X, which continues the feline theme with the name "Lion." Version 10.7 brings several features that were originally pioneered for iOS on the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Users will be able to take advantage of multi-touch gestures, an app store, app home screens, and fullscreen layouts.

The Mac App Store is based on its iOS counterpart, offering developers the same 70/30 revenue split. The portal has been described as "not the only place, but the best place to discover apps." Users will be able to download apps with a single click, with automatic installation and app updates.

Lion will also integrate a new Mission Control feature, which unifies a variety of content using Expose-style windows. The interface provides a shortcut to the Dashboard, while apps are grouped into clusters. Users can control everything using gestures.

A new Launchpad icon will transition from open windows to a fullscreen display of all the apps on a Mac. Users can swipe to see multiple pages, or arrange apps into iOS-style folders. Content downloaded from the App Store is automatically added to the Launchpad.

Apple expects Lion to be ready by summer 2011, but the Mac App Store will be added to Snow Leopard sometime within the next 90 days.

by MacNN Staff



  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    What is this: OS X for dummies?

  1. Mr. Strat

    Joined: Dec 1969


    They're PO'd

    I'm guessing that Lion and the new MacBook Air have Michael Dell and Steve Ballmer pissed today.

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  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Nice to see that Apple has now basically told developers how to license their software as well. You buy it from the AppStore, users get to run it on all their computers in the home (not just 'their' computers, but all the computers). Maybe Apple's 30% cut will equal the amount spent processing your own payments, though.

    Oh, and Apple so nicely adds them to your dock. Now how quickly is that going to fill up for the "What? You can delete icons from the dock?" crowd?

    (BTW, I wouldn't even think of moving any of these apps out of the Applications folder, for I'm sure that'll break the update mechanism, as it does now).

    And people said I was crazy when I said 10.7 would have one. The only difference is it isn't (apparently) a requirement.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: They're PO'd

    Pissed about what? Was Dell about to launch a Dell Air at 2.4 pounds? Was MS just about to announce Windows 8 with Mission Control?

    The only people who would be 'pissed off', I think, would be people who just bought a new MacBook Air or iLife 09 in the last week or two. Beyond that, there isn't anything here to make people 'pissed'.

  1. facebook_Doug

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    They never once said "Ten Point Seven". We can assume it, but none of them referred to the next version as "Ten Point Seven". It was always "Mac OS Ten Lion".

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Oh, wonder if Apple requires that all apps be submitted, reviewed, and OK'd before being allowed on the app store.

  1. Mr. Fartleberry

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Nothing to see here keep moving

    I don't want my workstation turned into some iPhone fluff. Not happy about this one Steve.

  1. nat

    Joined: Dec 1969



    testudo doing is normal thing. nothing new mind you. just that testudo thing.

  1. Paul Huang

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Look at 'about this mac'

    Do you ever see anything other than numbers? No.
    Do you see names of poopy animals? No, at least not yet.

  1. IxOsX

    Joined: Dec 1969


    What to think?

    I do not know what to think about that yet. But as all innovations, some fear can happen when people does not understand the concept. But even knowing that I not full understand what Apple will do, I am afraid for the freedom of OSX.

    If Steve even dream about to steal away the X environment, the terminal Unix shell from OSX, and the freedom to run Applications not full controlled by Apple, then will be a very sadly decision, and a clear statement that OSX is not for people who likes to have a choice, to tech savvy, or just IT people. Will be an OS good for lawyers and company. These are my fears.

    But Apple can also use the better of both worlds (iOS plus OSX), and that could be great. So lets wait for more data, and see the path that OSX will take.

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