With a standing ovation that lasted a minute, Apple Co-Founder Steve Jobs took the stage at Apple’s annual World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC). In comparison to previous WWDC, this week’s event seems some what lackluster since there won’t be any major announcement on Apple’s hardware aspect. But its a virtual candy store for technophiles, developers, and members of the unofficial Apple cult with a slew of major software introductions, starting with the Mac OS X Lion.
As Philip W. Schiller, the Senior Vice President at Apple pointed out, 2011 marks the 10th year since the migration from Mac OX 9 to big cat code-named OS X. And partly because of this important milestone, OS X Lion is no cuddly pussy cat but instead, a roaring upgrade and a key indicator to how Apple engineers visualize people using PC in a seemingly post-PC world.
To come in July 2011 and cost only $29.99. Of over 250 new features added, Schiller and Craig Federighi, Vice President of OS X Software, highlighted 10 of them:
- Multi-Touch Gestures
Multi-Touch gestures transform the way you interact with your Mac, making all you do more intuitive and direct. Now an even richer Multi-Touch experience comes to OS X Lion. Enjoy more fluid and realistic gesture responses, including rubber-band scrolling, page and image zoom, and full-screen swiping.
- Full-Screen Apps
OS X Lion offers systemwide support for gorgeous, full-screen apps that use every inch of your Mac display. You can have multiple full-screen apps open at once â€” along with multiple standard-size apps. And it’s easy to switch between full-screen and desktop views.
- Mission Control
Mission Control brings together full-screen apps, Dashboard, Exposé, and Spaces in one new feature that gives you a bird’s-eye view of everything on your system. With a single swipe on the trackpad, your desktop zooms out to Mission Control. Think of it as the hub of your system: View everything and go anywhere with just a click.
- Mac App Store
The best way to discover apps for your Mac is now on your Mac. Just like the App Store on iPad, the Mac App Store lets you browse and download thousands of free and paid apps that you can start using right away on all your Mac computers authorized for personal use. New apps install in one step right to Launchpad, and the Mac App Store keeps track of your apps and tells you when updates are available.
Launchpad is a new, full-screen home for all the apps on your Mac. Just click the Launchpad icon in your Dock. Your open windows fade away, replaced by a full-screen display of all your apps. Arrange your apps any way you want, group them together in folders, or delete them from your Mac with ease. And when you download an app from the Mac App Store, it automatically appears in Launchpad, ready to blast off.
Now apps you close will reopen right where you left off, so you never have to start from scratch again. And when you install software updates, you no longer need to save your work, close your apps, and spend valuable time setting everything up again. With Resume, you can restart your Mac and return to what you were doing â€” with all your apps in the exact places you left them.
- Auto Save
It’s time to stop worrying about saving your work. Because now your Mac automatically saves what you’re working on so you don’t have to. It’s not just an improvement for OS X, it’s an improvement for anyone who’s ever lost hours of hard work after forgetting to press Command-S.
Versions is a new feature that charts the history of your documents, taking snapshots in time, and displaying them side by side with the latest versions in an easily browsable timeline. You can review the past iterations of your compositions, restore a previous version, or copy and paste from old versions to new ones.
Looking for a fast way to share files with people nearby? With AirDrop, you can send files to anyone around you wirelessly â€” no Wi-Fi network required. And no complicated setup or special settings. Just click the AirDrop icon in the Finder sidebar, and your Mac automatically discovers other AirDrop users within about 30 feet of you. To share a file, simply drag it to someone’s name. Once accepted, the fully encrypted file transfers directly to that person’s Downloads folder.
OS X Lion introduces a whole new take on email. Mail puts your entire display to work with a gorgeous widescreen view featuring a full-height message and a message list that includes snippets. Conversations presents messages from the same thread in an elegant timeline showing each communication as it was sent while hiding redundant text. Mail also features search suggestions and search tokens, which help you find the messages you’re looking for fast. And a new favorites bar gives you easy access to the folders you use most often.