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.
May also want to check out Siracusa’s review
Typically a fun read for every OSX release.
If you are planning on burning it to a DVD to make future re-installations easier, make sure you burn the DVD after downloading and before installing.
I’ve just downloaded, installed and then went to burn the DVD only to find that the installer auto deletes itself after installing, so now I have to download it all again! Not impressed Apple! – Also, when I attempted to download again via the App store, the app store generates the error, ‘A newer version is installed…..’, to circumvent this, hold down option whilst you click ‘Install’.