Note: Our apologies for the inaccurate title/url, we assumed they would do a release today and didn’t catch the title before publishing -ed
After 22 months of development, Apple has finally released the next major version of Mac OS X: 10.7 codename “Lion”.
First the availability details: new Macs will come with Lion preinstalled, but everyone else will have to get it from the Mac App Store. That’s right, no discs, no retail boxes of any kind.
We do expect them to continue making USB restore drives available to Mac buyers, and there will likely be a way to create one if needed.
Developers will get a “preview” version today, with customer availability in July.
Pricing is $29.99 this time around, and once bought you can install Lion on all of your App Store “Authorized” Macs.
We won’t be reviewing Lion but here are some of the new features:
- Full Screen Apps, just like on iPad
- System-wide MultiTouch gestures, like double-tap for zoom, momentum scrolling
- Mission Control, an enhanced Exposé-like overview of your system
- LaunchPad, a way to quickly access your Apps
- Resumable Apps that remember what you were doing when you last closed them
- Auto-save for documents of various kinds
- Document versioning, so you can go back to an earlier state if you make a mistake
- AirDrop, a new local file sharing system integrated with the Finder
- Overhauled Mail app with influence from Mail on the iPad
- Optional Full System Encryption, which we previewed a few months ago
More details to come!