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Meet Mac OS X 10.7 Lion: An Overview

Mac OS X 10.7 Lion is coming summer 2011, and it introduces some pretty amazing new features that will enhance the way we use our Macs, including Launchpad, Mission Control, and full-screen applications.

Steve Jobs gave a sneak peak of the brand new operating at Apple’s ‘Back to the Mac’ media conference in San Francisco this morning, and here’s a quick overview of a few of its great new features.

Launchpad

The Launchpad gives you instant access to your applications, presented in the same way as on your iPhone and iPad. Click the Launchpad icon in the dock and everything else on screen fades away, replaced by a gorgeous full-screen display of all the apps you have on your Mac. Multitouch controls let you swipe through multiple pages, and you can rearrange the apps to suit you by dragging them around. Just like iOS, Launchpad even has folders, so you can categorize all of your apps any way you want. Whenever you download a new app from the Mac App Store, it’ll be in Launchpad ready to blast off!

Mission Control

Mission Control is a great new feature that provides you with a nice simple view of everything you have running on your Mac. Expose, Spaces, Dashboard and full-screen apps all appear in one place, so it’s easy to find the what you’re looking for. Active Mission Control with a simple multitouch gesture and be greeted by unified view of every app you have running.

Full-screen apps

Just like on your iPhone and iPad, many applications on Lion will now be full-screen. So without the distraction of anything else you have on your screen, you can concentrate on the app you’re working on in all its glory. Maximise an app in to full-screen at the click of a button, then use a multitouch gesture to swipe back to your desktop if you need it, without having to close the app you’re working in.

More to come…

Of course, these are just a few of the great new features we’ll find in Mac OS X Lion. My favorites so far have to be Mission Control and full-screen apps. I love Expose on my Mac, and I use it extensively when I have many windows open to quickly find the application or web page I need. With Mission Control it will be even easier to control my desktop clutter and navigate my way through my desktop mess.

I believe full-screen apps will provide an amazing way to work with certain applications. A demo at Apple’s conference today demonstrated how fantastic iPhoto and iMovie are in full-screen, and I can’t wait to use other applications like Pages and Numbers without the distraction of my Twitter feed or emails.

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