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Apple Previews MacOS X Lion, Mac App Store here in 90 days.


Apple Previews MacOS X Lion, Mac App Store here in 90 days.

Apple’s Steve Jobs has revealed glimpses of the next version of Mac OS X dubbed Lion, though it won’t be available to buy until the summer of 2011.

As Jobs was happy to admit, many of the features have been influenced by the interface of the iPad. As Jobs explained this is why the event at its California headquarters was called “Back to the Mac”.

"What is the philosophy about Lion?” Jobs said. “That's where Back to the Mac comes from. We started with OS X and we created a new version called iOS - it's now used in the iPad as well. We're inspired by some of those innovations. And we want to bring them back to the mac. Mac OS X meets the iPad."

Once you’ve installed all your apps you’ll be able to see all of them easily via an interface called Launchpad, available from the dock and swipe through them with touch gestures on the trackpad.

Apps will also be able to be viewed in full screen, with system wide support and the ability to switch to another full screen app with the trackpad.

Expose has now been enhanced and is now part of Mission Control, which will show you all full screen windows running on the Mac grouped by application, in a similar vein to Stacks just announced in Web OS 2.0.

Apple will also be bringing an App store directly to the Mac, calling it, the Mac App Store. As with the iPad, and indeed the iPhone before it, you’ll be able to purchase apps directly using your iTunes account. We won’t have to wait for Lion however to see it, as it will be available on Snow Leopard in 90 days.


October 21, 2010, 1:07 pm

What's the word I'm looking for? Ah yes - meh!


October 21, 2010, 2:11 pm

Applications running in full screen! Why haven't anyone thought about that before? That is just brilliant. It is a good thing we have Steve Jobs to drive innovation in personal computing.

And a button that gives you a grid of applications... How is that different from creating a stack of the application folder in OSX Leopard?

As for the app store. Now that is a brilliant idea. I have always enjoyed Ubuntus Software Center. And I think it is the perfect way for the non-tech savy to get more out of your PC. The fact that Apple is now adopting the idea is a nice step forward for OSX, if not a revolutionary new idea.

However, I can't help wonder what the terms and conditions will be. Would the developers be allowed to publish their application both on the OSX app store and on their own homepage? Effectively bypassing the 30% Apple tax. I guess we will know soon enough.

As for the touch pad driven touch gestures. Thumbs up!


October 21, 2010, 3:21 pm

@Jesper - Agree about Launchpad - it just seems a duplication of Stack's functionality. Also, I hope Apple nick some of Window's 7 good ideas too, like Taskbar Thumbnails & Aero-snap. A little bit underwhelmed by what Apple revealed (like Kaurisol), but hopefully there are more features to come.


October 21, 2010, 10:21 pm

I don't see how an App Store can become the exclusive way of installing applications on a proper computer. I don't see Microsoft Office, Adobe CS5, or other such software ever being delivered through an App Store - and even Jobs isn't going to start thinking the Mac can do without that sort of software. Plus it simply won't work with site licenses.

I'd say it's likelier that this is simply about creating a platform for 'impulse purchases' - in essence, a way to publish ultra-cheap micro-apps for the Mac which (they hope) people will buy lots and lots of, much like's happened on the iPhone.

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