Lion is the eight major upgrade to Apple's OSX operating system, and it takes many of the features that users have grown to love about iOS and makes them useful on a desktop or laptop computer. Lion is on schedule to be released Summer of '11.
First, it's we should point out that the App Store is coming to OSX as the Mac App Store. However, Jobs said that this particular feature will be available within the next 90 days and that the company will be taking App subissions beginning November. It looks a lot like the current App Store and the usability is on par with what we have on the iPad. Instant downloads and install without hassle. Updates are all done through the update page, just as they are with Apps.
The multi-touch gestures of iPad and Apple's current trackpads and mice. Dispelled were any rumors or speculation we may have had of a touchscreen laptop. Jobs said, "We thought of that a long time ago" and noted that a user's arm gets tired of being held up to a computer screen for extended periods of time.
Hit the jump for more details on OS X Lion
One of the major upgrades we saw today was Launchpad:
As Jobs put it, Launchpad combines Expose, Full Screen Apps, Dashboard and Spaces into one neat application. Gestures used on Apple's trackpads or Super Mouse make it easy to swipe between pages.
Below is an image of the popular setup we see on our iPads, but this is happening within Launchpad on OS X:
Folders are created just like they are on iOS: drag an App icon into another, and drop, automatically forming a folder.
The Full Screen view mentioned earlier is built into Lion. Opening a PDF, through preview for instance, will allow you to pull it into fullscreen if you'd like. A simple swipe will take you back to your desktop with Preview open.
Gestures will also make it possible to switch between functions and view a cluttered desktop much like Expose did. However, now you can see the various "Spaces" you are using as well. Swipe gestures will allow you to switch between these spaces.
Again, Lion is coming Summer '11, and we will probably be hearing more about it in the coming months. No price has been announced yet, but it looks like one of the best updates in a long while.