Phil Schiller, Apple's SVP for WW Product Marketing took the stage this morning and announced the latest Mac OS X Lion and 10 of 250 new features. As the eighth incarnation of the first Mac OX X about 10 years ago, this has to be the greatest evolution yet.
Multi-Touch gestures – Similar to the Multi-Touch gestures found in iOS, it has landed on the Mac platform and it allows users to interact more intuitively with the Mac with gestures such as momentum scrolling, tapping or pinching your fingers to zoom, swiping left or right to turn a page and more. This new Multi-Touch gestures is set to work with all Mac notebooks that comes with Multi-Touch trackpads and destop Macs with Apple's Magic Trackpad.
Full Screen apps – To maximise and make full use of your screen, users will soon be able to "Full Screen" your applications. Similar to what you find on your iOS devices, full screen apps will allow you to switch back and forth other apps, Desktop, Dashboard or Spaces with a single swipe. This works will iWork, iLife, Safari, iTunes, FaceTime, Mail and other apps.
Mission Control (Pictured above) – A combination of Expose, Dashboard, Spaces and full screen apps, it's allows you to instantly navigate to any window with a tap. This would be very useful for those who like to keep many of their application windows open at the same time.
Launchpad – Launchpad will make your Mac desktop look and feel exactly like an iOS device. With a single gesture, all your Mac apps will be displayed in a beautiful full screen layout. Like in iOS, you can swipe between pages and organise your apps into folders.
Mail app – For those who make full use of Apple's built-in e-mail application, Lion will feature a totally redesigned Mail app which includes a threaded e-mail view called Conversation, all-new search feature that allows you to refine your search as you type and built-in support for Microsoft Exchange 2010.
Mac App Store – The newer Mac App Store that we are now all familar with will have In-App Purchase and Push Notification features, similar to iOS.
Other new features:
- Version - Automatically saves the history of your document as you create it and allows you to browse, revert and even copy and paste from previous
- Resume – Allows you to go back to exactly how your Mac was before you shutdown or how your app was before you quit.
- versions. Very handy for students and professionals alike.
- Auto Save - Saves your document continously as you work automatically.
- AirDrop - Allows simple drag and drop between Macs nearby by setting up a peer-to-peer wireless connections. Simple, fast and hassle-free.
Mac OX X Lion will be available in July from the Mac App Store for US$29.90 as a digital download from the Mac App Store. For those who bought their new Mac on or after June 6 2011, will be eligible for this upgrade free-of-charge.