Apple Announces Lion, Mac OS X 10.7

At “Back to the Mac” event Steve Jobs announced the new version of OS X, 10.7, also known as Lion.Jobs says the company has been inspired by recent developments on the iPad and iPhone and wants to bring them “Back to the Mac.”

Apple CEO Steve Jobs reviewed how multi-touch has made its way into the Mac OS with the way of multi-touch trackpads, Magic Mouse, and Magic Trackpad.

The new App Store essentially replaces the internet for getting applications. You just click and it installs through the App Store application just like an iPad app. So you skip the download page, zip file, DMG, installer, etc. A mixed blessing, to be sure.

After that, you get a launcher with all your apps on it that works a bit like the dashboard. This is Mission Control. You can search for apps, move them around, and so on. It’s a lot like an iOS home screen. I like this personally because I’ve been doing essentially this by putting a popout folder of my applications in my dock.

Apple said Mac OS X 10.7 Lion will be available next summer. Apple, however, is releasing The Mac App Store within 90 days under Mac OS 10.6. Developers can check out the system and how to get their software online.

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