326 days after releasing Snow Leopard, today Apple has released Mac OS X 10.7 or as it is most commonly known as, Mac OS X Lion. It was unveiled at WWDC 2011 alongside iOS 5 and iCloud. Apple has been naming Mac OS X after big cats (Cheetah, Puma, Jaguar, Panther, Tiger, Leopard, Snow Leopard) and Lion is the eight major release of Macintosh. This love for cats has not always been an easy sail as Apple was taken to court by Tiger Direct for naming OS X v10.4 Tiger.
Mac OS X Lion, as previously mentioned, is Macintosh’s eight major release. Lion brings over 250 new features to supported Mac computers. Dedicated Mac users were anxiously waiting for Lion release up till now that is, as Lion has to be the most extensive update, feature wise, to Mac as yet.
Lion is compatible with Mac machines that bear Intel Core 2 Duo, Core i3, Core i5, Core i7, and Xeon processors. Not sure about your hardware? Confirm by clicking the Apple logo at the top left of your screen and selecting “About This Mac”. There’s one great thing, amongst many, in Mac OS X Lion. Its the fact you don’t have to rush to your nearest Apple Store in order to get your hands on it. Lion has been rolled out in the Mac App Store.
Previously Mac updates costed $129. Mac OS X Lion will only cost you $29.99 for the Mac App Store. It downloads locally (4GB file) on your authorized Mac and automatically starts the upgrade. Once you’ve done that, your Mac will be updated to Lion. Best of all? No reboot required. You don’t have to download or pay for multiple copies of Lion, as all of your personally authorized Macs will be compatible for upgrade to Lion, once you’ve paid the initial $29.99 charge.
In OS X v10.7 Apple has imported features from iOS like multi-touch gestures and Launchpad. Apple has also made changes to how applications work. Now applications resume in the state they were closed. Is Cupertino facing innovation drought?
Regardless of that, let’s rejoice for the fact that Lion has finally been released! So what are you waiting for? Fire up your Mac, launch the Mac App Store and get your dose of Mac OS X Lion, right now!