Friday, April 10

Apple Unveil Mac OS X Lion

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A Snow Leopard has been replaced with a Lion. I don’t work for National Parks nor do I work for WWF or any zoo for that matter. Steve Jobs has revealed the latest version of the Mac Operating System. Lion is an Unix operating system, based on the NeXTSTEP operating system and the Mach kernel which Apple acquired after purchasing NeXT Computer.

The major new feature on Mac OS X Lion is the emergence of the App Store that users can access faster than before. The process is exactly the same in relation to the Apple iPad and iPhone. The Home Screen feature called the Launch Pad features the App Store. This looks like a merge between the current Dashboard and the iPhone home screen, and it will show you the available applications on the system, which can be launched with a single click.

Apple Mac OS X Lion

Applications will be shown on the full screen just as it is on the iPad. Apple describes the entire activity as  being more immersive. You can 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 your multi-window apps.

However this does leave some questions unanswered. Is touch screen computing something Apple is thinking of?  Is a multitouch input device being developed  to take care of the multitouch gestures?  The software will be available middle 2011 so Apple have plenty of time to answer these questions.

Any guesses what the next iteration of Mac OS X will be called? Jaguar, Ocelot or Cougar or just Cat..

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