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Apple releases Mac OS X Lion dev preview

28 Feb 2011

Apple has released a developer preview of Mac OS X Lion, which the firm says will take some of the best ideas from iPad and bring them back to the Mac.

Mac OS X Lion will be the eighth major release of the Apple operating system.

“The iPad has inspired a new generation of innovative features in Lion,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s Senior VP of Worldwide Product Marketing. “Developers are going to love Mission Control and Launchpad, and can now start adding great new Lion features like full screen, gestures, Versions and Auto Save to their own apps.”

Mission Control is a new feature that unifies Exposé, Dashboard, Spaces, and full screen apps to give you a bird’s eye view of every app and window running on your Mac.

“With a simple swipe, your desktop zooms out to display your open windows grouped by app, thumbnails of your full screen apps as well as your Dashboard, and allows you to instantly navigate anywhere with a click,” says Apple.

Launchpad makes it easier than ever to find and launch any app. “With a single click, Launchpad displays all your Mac apps in a stunning full screen layout where you can launch, re-order or organise apps into folders. You can also arrange apps into multiple pages and swipe between them,” Apple explained.

Additional features in Lion include:

  • A new version of Mail, with an elegant, widescreen layout inspired by the iPad; Conversations, which automatically groups related messages into one easy to read timeline; more powerful search; and support for Microsoft Exchange 2010;
  • AirDrop, a remarkably simple way to copy files wirelessly from one Mac to another with no setup;
  • Versions, which automatically saves successive versions of your document as you create it, and gives you an easy way to browse, edit and even revert to previous versions;
  • Resume, which conveniently brings your apps back exactly how you left them when you restart your Mac or quit and relaunch an app;
  • Auto Save, which automatically saves your documents as you work;
  • The all new FileVault, that provides high performance full disk encryption for local and external drives, and the ability to wipe data from your Mac instantaneously; and
  • Mac OS X Lion Server, which makes setting up a server easier than ever and adds support for managing Mac OS X Lion, iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices.

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