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Lion changes include new Finder, Safari 5.1, more

updated 03:10 pm EST, Thu February 24, 2011

Resume may close unused apps

A variety of less publicized changes have been made in Mac OS X Lion, the developer preview shows. One of the most important is an overhauled Finder, sporting new buttons and a different sidebar. The file browser automatically sorts items by type, and is also described as more responsive.

System Preferences now includes an "Internet Accounts" option for configuring accounts tied to programs like Mail. Upgraded apps include not just Mail but iCal and Address Book, which have similarly been modified to resemble their iPad counterparts. Safari has been updated to v5.1; aside from running in Lion and supporting fullscreen mode, the browser now separates rendering and application processes, also dedicating unique processes to each plugin. The change should increase stability and security, although WebKit plugins are no longer being supported.

The Resume function -- which restores an app's state after an event like logging out -- shares still more traits akin to iOS. While remembering details like selections and window positions, it may also decide to halt an app on its own if it appears to be unused or simply have no windows open. Reopening a program, however, is said to to be virtually instantaneous. Apple is allegedly telling developers that quitting an app is no longer necessary.

by MacNN Staff



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  1. lamewing

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Another couple of iterations

    A few more iterations of OSX and there will be no difference between the desktop OS and iOS. It is just a matter of time before iOS becomes Apple's de facto OS.

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  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    oh good

    Just what we all wanted. The conversion of all apps so they work like their 9" iPad counter parts.

  1. facebook_Justin

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    Really nice calendar improvements, I just hope they got rid of the annoying iCal bugs when syncing with an iPhone. For example, when I have the birthdays calendar enabled on my Macs iCal, it always syncs it over to iPhone, which is dumb since iPhone already has a birthdays calendar, thus creates a duplicate. So I have two birthdays calendars on my iPhone! And there's no way to fix this!

  1. solefald

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Mail, iCal and AddressBook have been asking for an update for YEARS.
    Let's see if it's a typical half-assed improvement or a great change that we've been asking for.

  1. PRoth

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Images a bit doctored?

    I dunno about stuff like this, but if these screenshots are of a beta version of the OS, maybe this is how it's supposed to be. But the screenshots that show the dock, don't have that glowing dot beneath the applications that are running, namely the Mac App Store, Mail, iCal and Safari.

  1. Cronocide

    Joined: Dec 1969




  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    What do you need 'now'?

  1. Scott_R

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Mail upgrade

    Maybe Mail will finally not suck.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Mail upgrade

    Don't count on it. If they're not going to get it 'right' in 10 years, there's no reason to think year 11 will be different. That would be like thinking Windows 8 will finally not suck.

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