As widely anticipated, Apple’s new major OSX release is available this morning, download-only, for $29.99 USD in the Mac App Store. There’s a quick copy and paste job of the feature list after the jump. Also as expected, there’s a new, Sandy Bridge-based Macbook Air. Update: A reader pointed out John Siracusa’s Lion review at Ars.
â€¢ Fluid and realistic animations make gestures feel natural and direct.
â€¢ Tap or pinch to zoom in on text and images.
â€¢ Swipe left or right to move from one page to another in an app or switch from one full-screen app to another.
â€¢ Swipe up to enter Mission Control.
â€¢ Pinch to access Launchpad.
â€¢ A new full-screen button takes an app window full screen.
â€¢ Run multiple full-screen apps at the same time.
â€¢ Switch between full-screen apps and your desktop with a gesture.
â€¢ Apps stay full screen when you switch to another app.
â€¢ OS X Lion includes full-screen Mail, Safari, Preview, iCal, FaceTime, Dashboard, Screen Sharing, and Photo Booth.
â€¢ Brings together ExposÃ©, full-screen apps, Dashboard, and desktop spaces.
â€¢ Gives you a bird’s-eye view of everything running on your Mac, allowing you to navigate anywhere with a click.
â€¢ ExposÃ© view shows all open windows on your desktop grouped by application.
â€¢ Create and organize desktop spaces in Mission Control.
â€¢ A new home for all the apps on your Mac.
â€¢ Apps downloaded from the Mac App Store automatically appear in Launchpad.
â€¢ Launchpad automatically adds pages to accommodate all your apps.
â€¢ Apps can be organized on multiple pages and grouped in folders.
â€¢ The widescreen layout displays the message list and selected email side by side in full-height columns.
â€¢ The favorites bar gives you one-click access to your favorite mail folders.
â€¢ Search suggestions dynamically present the best matches for your search.
â€¢ Search tokens help refine search results based on people, subjects, mailboxes, dates, and attachments.
â€¢ Conversations automatically groups related messages, displaying them in chronological order and hiding repetitive quoted text.
Other great Lion features
â€¢ Auto Save automatically saves your changes as you go, so you never have to worry about losing your work.
â€¢ Versions keeps a history of your document as you work and presents it in a timeline you can browse.
â€¢ Resume reopens an app exactly as you left it.
â€¢ AirDrop is the simplest way to send files to anyone around you, wirelessly â€” no setup or special settings required.
â€¢ Reading List in Safari lets you easily save web pages to read or browse later.