The first major thing demoed by Apple today was Lion. Lion has around 250 Features, but only 10 major ones were demoed today.

First Mr. Schiller explained Multi-Touch gestures, Full Screen Apps, & Mission Control. Then Mr. Federighi came up and demoed these new features.

Multi-Touch Gestures: In Lion the gestures are improved and are more fluid. It brings many gestures from iOS to Lion, such as tap-to-zoom, and even new ones like swiping between full-screen apps.

Full Screen Apps: Almost all of Apple’s Apps are designed to be also used in Full Screen completely blocking the Dock and Menu Bar so like in iOS the only thing you see is the App you are using. And using three fingers and swiping to the left you can switch between Full-Screen Apps. Also one full-screen App, Photo-Booth has a new interface and new animations such as face detection where birds will fly in a circle around your head or make your eyes look BIG and many more.

Mission Control: Mission Control is new feature that combines Expose, Spaces, Dashboard, and new features all into one seamless experience. Slide 3-fingers up and it will show you all your windows open, clustered by App, and it will show you all the desktops open. Also while in Mission Control you can make or delete desktops and move windows in and out of desktops. Also there is a whole desktop preserved for Dashboard widgets.

Then Mr. Schiller talked about the Mac App Store,Launchpad, Resume, and more. And again Mr. Federighi came up and demoed those features.

Mac App Store: Since the Mac App Store was release for Snow Leopard, it has been a great success for Mac App developers. For example AutoDesk is on the Mac App Store and added more than a million users, just because of the Mac App Store. And with Lion there are new features such as in-app purchases, sandbox security feature, push notifications, and faster updates.

Launchpad: With a four-finger pinch gesture they can view all their applications in an iOS type UI. When you download an App from the Mac App Store it will show directly in Launchpad. In Launchpad you can launch an App, create pages of Apps, and like in iOS create Folders to put Apps in.

Resume: This feature saves whatever you are doing. So when you open an application it will open right where you left it. If you had to restart your computer it will open up all the windows when it starts back up.

Auto Save: When you’re working on a document it will automatically save what you are doing. So if you did something wrong and want to go back to what you had done before you can go directly to it. Or you can make instant duplicates and lock the document so it can’t get tampered with.

Versions: Auto Save will continuously save the changes you make in a document. You can choose to view all your versions and get a Time Machine like UI to see all the versions of the document.

Air Drop: In the Finder Menu you can select the Air Drop menu and view all the people on your network running Air Drop. Using this you can seamlessly  send documents back and forth between Macs.

Mail: In the new Mail you can have a two or three column view, with the UI similar to the iPad. Also Mail has new ways to filter responses during searches. Another thing is called Conversation View. In this view each message is split into different sections to not confuse everything to one section.

Those were the 10 main features, but there are many more including Windows Migration, FileVault 2, and more. And for developers there are more than 3000 new API’s.

Another change to line is than instead of an Optical Disk like its previous cousins, Mac OS Lion will ship only through the Mac App Store. All you gave to do is click “Buy” and it will do all the upgrades needed automatically. Lion will only be 4GB. And the Price? Apple has decided to sell Lion for only $29.99. The most-recent developer preview will be available today. It will be available for customers in July. The Server Version will only be $49.99.

For me I think that Snow Leopard to Lion is a major jump compared to Leopard to Snow Leopard. I can predict that apple will bring more iOS features to OS X in the future.

-MacMusings

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