Apple Mac OS X: Lion To be Available in Summer 2011; Will Feature Mac App Store

Written By Sam on 21 October 2010

Apple’s ‘Back to the Mac’ event saw the launch of the next Mac OS lineup, Mac OS X: Lion. The company had been teasing us for sometime with the image of a lion figuring from behind a tilted Apple logo. Today the company unveiled the Lion and also gave a sneak peak into the advanced operating system.

Emphasizing on its Back to Mac theme, the company said:

“We took our best thinking from Mac OS X and brought it to the iPhone. Then we took our best thinking from the iPhone and brought it to iPad. And now we’re bringing it all back to the Mac with our eighth major release of the world’s most advanced operating system.”

The Mac OS X: Lion will be available in summer next year. What we have now is a handful of features:

Mac OS X: Lion Features

The Mac App Store: We had hints this was coming soon. The Mac App Store is where you can buy new apps made just for Mac, right on a Mac. Shopping in the store will be similar to shopping in the the App Store on iPad. In fact, the company claims to have simplified the process of installing apps on the Mac to one-click downloads.

Launchpad: The Launchpad gives you instant access to your apps — iPad style. Just click the Launchpad icon in your Dock. Your open windows fade away, replaced by a full-screen display of all the apps on your Mac.

Full-screen apps: This features allow users to bring an app to full screen with one click, switch to another full-screen app with a swipe of the trackpad, and swipe back to the desktop to access their multi-window apps.

Mission Control: A handy new feature that provides you with a comprehensive view of what’s running on your Mac.

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