Apple Releases New Mac OS X Lion, Packed With 250+ New Features

Apple has finally lifted the curtains off of the eighth release of the Mac OS X, dubbed Lion. The OS will arrive in July, packed with over 250 new features. Interestingly, in an apparent bid to reduce piracy, Apple has announced that Lion will be available to customers only through the Mac App Store.

The most significant of the 250+ new features, according to us, are:

  • All apps can now be viewed in true full screen.
  • A new feature, called Mission Control, that combines the power of Expose, full screen apps, Spaces and Dashboard for into one unified experience for a bird’s eye view of your system.
  • Launchpad, a new iOS style feature to view and launch your apps with just a few clicks.
  • AirDrop, a revolutionary and easy way to share any data between 2 or more Macs, using peer-to-peer connection via Wi-Fi.
  • AutoSave and Versions, a feature that automatically and continuously saves your document as you work, and also keeps backups of all the different versions of the same document.
  • Resume, a convenient feature that brings all your apps back to the same state they were in when you restart your Mac or quit and relaunch an app.

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. It is priced at $29.99, which is quite reasonable. In fact, we think that Apple has the definite edge over Microsoft Windows when it comes to the marketing of their OS, as Windows has multiple variants to choose from, with the cheapest of them still costing more than $29.99.

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