Mac OS X 10.7 Lion: iPad-like full screen applications

Today, October 20 at Apple’s Headquarters in Cupertino, came the “Back to the Mac” event. Speculation was surrounding what news would be announced. But now straight from the event, we can update you with some fantastic features.

For attendees, Steve Jobs CEO for Apple, gave a little insight into the new Mac OS X 10.7 “Lion”, which follows on from predecessors Mac OS X Snow and Mac OS X Snow Leopard versions. Ideas have been taken from the iPad OS and now developed iOS features to the Mac. Included in the Lion will be multi-touch gestures, Mac App Store for OS X , home screens, full screen apps, FaceTime, Mission Control enabling you to view every window and open app, Autosave and Launchpad to resume apps just by clicking the icon in the dock. Jobs said, “Lion has a ton of new features, and we hope the few we had time to preview today will give users a good idea of where we are headed.”

Donald at Engadget reported on some of the new fantastic features such as The Mac App Store. Looking at this a little more, the new experience will give you, the user, easy accessibility to install and update Mac apps along with the added knowledge that they will be kept up to date through the Mac App Store. Purchasing apps will work on the same basis as the iPad through iTunes, then they can be downloaded and implemented in one go. News has been reported that this will be available for Snow Leopard® within 90 days and will be incorporated in Lion next summer 2011. Mission Control brings together Exposé, Dashboard, Spaces and fullscreen apps allowing you to navigate anywhere on the Mac with everything open at one time.

Currently, it seems that Apple are surging forward with not only current devices such as the iPhone and iPad, but leading the way in new and innovative products such as the new Mac OS X 10.7 Lion.

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