Apple OS X 10.7 Lion
Apple OS X 10.7 Lion. Apple’s “top features” list begins with greater support for multi-touch gesturing than before, enabling you to scroll, zoom, switch between apps and navigate the web with a swipe of one or more
fingers. It brings more of the flavour of the swipeable iOS interface to MacBook users, and the gestures also work with Apple’s Magic Mouse and Magic TrackPad.
Apple OS X 10.7 Lion. At first glance, Lion is very similar looking to its predecessor, called Snow Leopard, itself an evolutionary update over the prior release, Leopard. But as with Microsoft‘s Windows 7 OS, the whole of Lion’s many changes represents a nice refinement that measurably improves the Mac OS X user experience, making it both simpler and better looking. Apple has a long-established–and mostly undeserved–reputation for making an OS that is supposedly “ease to use,” when in fact OS X had always targeted computer experts, not beginners, offering up an obtuse and inscrutable UI. But that’s starting to change with Lion, and while I know the core Mac OS X user base will recoil at some of these changes, it’s for the better, especially when you consider the mass market general audience that Apple is finally targeting.
Mac OS X’s odd UI, with a system-wide menu bar at the top and the real-estate-hogging Dock at the bottom, has never been a particularly hospitable place for apps and other windows. That is, when you expand a window to be “full screen” in OS X, it wouldn’t cover up the menu bar or Dock, wasting onscreen space. But with Lion, Apple is introducing a true, system-wide full screen capability for apps, and while existing apps don’t get this feature automatically, Apple has updated most of the important built-in apps–Mail, Safari, and so on to work this way. And these apps thus look and work a bit more like iPad apps–which are always full screen, of course–providing a simpler, less cluttered UI. And if you can wrap your mind around Lion’s gesture-based application navigation functionality (see below), you’ve got a nice way of quickly jumping between each running full screen app. Source: www.irwinnour.com