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Apple recently announced the July release of the new Mac OSX Lion, which comes as the successor to Mac OS Snow Leopard. Mac Snow Leopard users will be able to download Lion using the Mac Store in July. There’s no need to purchase a disc in order to do the installation – you just purchase and go.

Lion boasts more than 250 new features, covering all facets of the Mac operating system. Highlights include AirDrop, FaceTime, AutoSave, Internet Restore, new features for Mail and better usage of full-screen capabilities.

Lion will be available to users with the latest Snow Leopard update, using an Intel Core 2 Duo, Core i3, Core i5, Core i7, or Xeon processor. Mac fans can sign up to be notified the minute Lion becomes available. The purchase can be made online in Snow Leopard via the Mac App Store and installation can begin immediately.

Many of the new Lion features are designed to work together, such as the Full-Screen Apps, Multi-Touch Gestures and Mission Control. Users can enjoy their applications full-screen, then switch to Mission Control with a quick gesture in order to change applications.

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Lion features such as Resume, Auto-Save and Versions work harmoniously to ensure your work is saved and ready to use at all times.

Other new features such as FaceTime bring the family of iOS devices closer to Mac OS.

So, will you be an early adopter of Lion? Let us know in the comments!

  1. Ranvir
    June 14, 2011 at 5:20 am

    Please let me know if the dist utility has also been upgraded in Lion. In prior versions , upto Snow leopard , the disk utility was not able to shift the Mac Partitions and we used third party tools like Stellar partition manager to shift partitions in Mac.

    Reply Please

    • Angela Alcorn
      June 14, 2011 at 8:05 am

      It's possible to move the partitions around in Snow Leopard if you have the installation disc - it's all done in the installation process. There's no native way of moving the partitions without the disc though. I can only presume that Lion will work in a similar fashion. I can't find any specific information one way or another, sorry.

  2. ????????????
    June 13, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    I'm new to Mac after buying a second hand 2010 macbook pro. I love it, but I am REALLY looking forward to one button full screen apps / image / program. It's the thing I miss most from my PC. I agree there are times when multi-tasking means you want several things open, and I love being able to zoom in with the Mac, but just being able to focus on the one job in hand is really important to me.

  3. tedthetrumpet
    June 8, 2011 at 8:02 am

    Orphaned. My first gen MacBook is Core Duo, not Core 2 Duo. Something tells me they are after more of my £££ for new hardware…

    • Julius Leachman III
      June 9, 2011 at 5:50 am

      I wouldn't be surprised...

      • Mike
        June 9, 2011 at 1:58 pm

        Well, MacBooks were shipped with Core 2 Duo ever since the late 2006 model. 
        I agree that Macs have a very long lifespan but with almost 5 years of age it will soon be rated as a vintage model.
        http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1752

        I am sure they expect and hope for a lot of sales this way but it's still a valid decision to drop support for those devices.

        • Julius Leachman III
          June 9, 2011 at 10:40 pm

          Oh, I know they'll get fantastic sales because come on, it's Apple. Their consumers are a loyal, (sometimes zealous) fan-base. I understand dropping support for older devices is a smart move. It keeps cost down and Apple won't have to worry about supporting a large range of legacy hardware. But, I wouldn't go so far as to call a Core Duo computer "vintage." Those puppies still pack a pretty punch! Lol...

  4. Justin9
    June 7, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    what this artilcle hadnt covered is that, it is mandatery to have snow lepord installed on the mac before we can update to lion.
    if you running a lepord, then u need to spend $60 to buy the snow lepord and then update to lion.

    i wish apple come with a way around  for this.

    • Angela Alcorn
      June 8, 2011 at 6:22 am

      Yes, it's a little annoying that Lion is only available to Snow Leopard users. But, I think Apple has planned it that way deliberately.

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