There have been eight releases of the Mac OS X, each time a new version is released, it challenges the way users look at computing as a whole. The latest release, Lion is no different.
It was announced officially, at the “Back to the Mac” event on October 20, 2010 that a preview of the Lion operating system would be released, and on February 24, 2011, the first developer’s preview of Lion was released to members of the “Apple developers” program.
On June 6, 2011, it was announced that the official release for Lion would be in July of this year, and that, unlike previous versions, which were released on a set of CD-ROMs, Lion would only be available as a download from the Mac App Store for $29.99 U.S.
The only prior version of OS X that supports the Mac App Store is Snow Leopard. And since Lion will be downloadable, only through the App Store, any computers still running Tiger or Leopard will first have to be upgraded to Snow Leopard. There will be no direct upload for them of Lion. The Server portion of Lion will be available as a separate download from the Mac App Store for $49.99 U.S.
Here are just some of the new user features that will be available in Lion OS X:
Windows will now be able to be resized from any side or angle.
The texture of the user interface has changed; it is both smoother, and a lighter shade of grey.
Scrolling on the track pad has been reversed by default. This is in efforts of making it act and feel more like a touch screen computer.
When resizing a window by clicking on the green button (left-top), a transform-effect very similar, but slicker than Snow Leopard, animates the enlargement.
New windows fly to the front (like opening a program in iOS), and while again, this is a feature that has remained very similar to the Snow Leopard effect, it is smoother and much more impressive.
I have just finished the installation of a Developer’s preview copy of Mac’s new operating system; Lion OS X 10.7. I must say that, while there are certainly still some glitches, and a bug here and there, it is much better equipped for today’s shifting world of Social Media technology than Snow Leopard ever was. It is slicker, cooler, and able to connect to all of your devices in a flash. MobileMe is being phased out and Cloud is coming in to take its place.