Its been a busy day for Apple today with them unveiling their new 2011 MacBook Pro machines together with FaceTime 1.0 and now releasing a developer preview of their new Mac OS X Lion operating system.
Apple say in their press release that the new Mac OS X Lion takes the best ideas from iPad and brings them back to the Mac. With it featuring Mission Control, an innovative new view of everything running on your Mac; Launchpad, a new home for all your Mac apps, together with full screen apps that use the entire Mac display and new Multi-Touch gestures.
“The iPad has inspired a new generation of innovative features in Lion,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “Developers are going to love Mission Control and Launchpad, and can now start adding great new Lion features like full screen, gestures, Versions and Auto Save to their own apps.”
Additional Mac OS X Lion features include:
– a new version of Mail, with an elegant, widescreen layout inspired by the iPad; Conversations, which automatically groups related messages into one easy to read timeline; more powerful search; and support for Microsoft Exchange 2010;
– AirDrop, a remarkably simple way to copy files wirelessly from one Mac to another with no setup;
– Versions, which automatically saves successive versions of your document as you create it, and gives you an easy way to browse, edit and even revert to previous versions;
– 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 saves your documents as you work;
– the all new FileVault, that provides high performance full disk encryption for local and external drives, and the ability to wipe data from your Mac instantaneously; and
– Mac OS X Lion Server, which makes setting up a server easier than ever and adds support for managing Mac OS X Lion, iPhone®, iPad and iPod touch® devices.
But unfortunately you do need to be a member of the Apple Mac Developer Program in order to download the preview from the Mac App Store.
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