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  • Lion: "The Power of Mac OS X, The Magic of iPad"


    Apple previewed the next version of OS X during its Back to the Mac event in Cupertino today. The eighth major update to Mac OS X was christened Lion - following the big-cat nomenclature that has been used since 10.0 Cheetah was released in 2001 - and is said to be "inspired by many of iPad's software innovations." A host of new features were announced, including Launchpad, the OS X equivalent of the iOS Home screen; full screen apps a la iOS; and Mission Control, which is sort of a mash-up of Exposť, Dashboard, and Spaces that allows you to navigate your Mac with multi-touch gestures. In an interesting - and potentially alarming - development, Apple also announced a "Mac App Store" along the lines of the iOS App Store. It's unclear at this time if earlier reports that only Apple-signed apps will be able to run on 10.7 will pan out; though Steve Jobs reportedly denied this, he also denied that there would ever be a Mac App Store.

    The "Back to the Mac" theme apparently encompasses both a renewed focus on the Mac OS X platform and the process of how iOS innovations have filtered back into Apple's desktop operating system. "We're inspired by innovations in the iPhone and iPad," said Steve Jobs from the stage, "and are bringing them back to the Mac." Following a trend that has been underway for some time with products like the Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad, multi-touch interaction is getting a major boost with Lion, which will feature iPad-like full-screen mode for apps. However, he downplayed any expectation of touchscreen Macs. "Multi-touch on a laptop doesn't work," Jobs asserted. "Touch surfaces don't want to be vertical, like on a desktop monitor. After a while, your hands get fatigued." Therefore, the new functions will continue to be controlled from mice and trackpads.

    The Launchpad seems to be more an homage to the iPad than a productivity feature: one click on the icon makes all of your windows disappear and a gridded view of all your apps comes up. Like the Home screen, you can swipe through multiple pages of apps. It's not clear how this is better than the Dock, or scrolling through items in the Applications folder; again, this seems more aimed at people who like their iDevices and never used Mac OS X before.

    Sticking with the "space program" theme, the new program manager is called "Mission Control." It reminds me of nothing quite so much as a desktop version of Multifl0w. In fact, like that app switcher, Mission Control is inspired by Exposť, bringing a unified view of all your open windows and incorporating Dashboard and Spaces into the same interface as the Mac OS X full-screen switcher. You activate it with a swipe gesture, tap to bring up a particular element, and swipe again to return to Mission Control.

    The Mac App Store sounds potentially like a plus for Mac OS X developers, giving users a single location to download programs, which are automatically installed and added to the Launchpad. The only potential hazard here is if an unsubstantiated report from earlier this year turns out to be true. The renegade OS X programmers at Rixstep (developers of the Xfile Finder replacement) claimed in a blog post back in April that "10.7 will have kernel support for ('insistence on') binaries signed with Apple's root certificate," emphasizing that "no software will be able to run on Mac OS X 10.7 without being approved and signed by Apple, Inc." An Italian dev wrote Steve Jobs to ask about the report, saying that "There's a rumor saying there will be a Mac App Store and no software without authorization from Apple will run on Mac OS X. Is that true?" In his typical laconic style, Jobs replied "Nope." But here's the rub: the question asked two things, will there be a Mac App Store and will unauthorized software be blocked. We already know that there will be a Mac App Store, so either the "nope" referred to unauthorized software or Steve was just lying. And even if the former was the case... it could be that unauthorized software will run, but only signed binaries will be allowed on the App Store. Which is a step n the wrong direction, for so many reasons.

    While Lion is due out in summer of next year, the Mac App Store will be compatible with Snow Leopard and will launch in 90 days. Apple will begin accepting app submissions next month.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Lion: "The Power of Mac OS X, The Magic of iPad" started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 56 Comments
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      Quote Originally Posted by reanimationxp View Post
      And Apple slowly takes away some more of your freedom. Next it will be "This year's Macbook Air runs OSX, but only applications approved for it in the McAppStore. We did this to ensure a great user experience with every application!"

      Keep us oohing and ahhing while stabbing us in the back. Anyone who's not a dumbass is onto you, Steve. We all saw this coming. PC for life and loving it.

      Can't wait to crack the now-centralized DRM on your AppStore just so all the devs will hate you for your new "innovation". Devs, stay the hell away from this unless you feel like giving your app away. Macstall0us is on the horizon.
      Ok first of all, we don't discuss about cracking commercial software or warez.

      I want to try Lion before deciding to upgrade.
    1. dale2's Avatar
      dale2 -
      Quote Originally Posted by awesomeSlayer View Post
      Ok first of all, we don't discuss about cracking commercial software or warez.

      I want to try Lion before deciding to upgrade.
      chill out mang
      hes just pointing out that its likely to happen, just as it did with the ios app store. if crack one, you've cracked the whole store. its a bad deal for devs if that happens
    1. CrunchDude's Avatar
      CrunchDude -
      Oh please...let's stop getting our panties in a bunch here...The Mac App Store may just be an effort to make installation of applications on OS X even easier, although I certainly hope that it will be in addition to the programs are installed and not instead of.

      Of course it would make sense to have centralized management of your installed software that, upon system failure, bad hard drive, upgrade to a new machine, etc., you could simply log in to the OS X-equivalent to your iTunes account and simply re-download all your apps, free and paid alike, along with maybe even settings and other things. I personally wouldn't want this, but I can see the appeal and application of such app management.

      I also don't think that many people would put up with a Big Brother-like system, so as fast as the market share of the Mac seems to go up, it can dwindle back into oblivion really fast if such foolish thoughts were to be entertained by the Grand CEO and generally Big Boss Man of anything iOS, OS X, and everything in between. (e.g. eSATA, USB 3, Bluray, just to name a "few".)

      EDIT: Having said that, I did find this, though: List of apps that will not be allowed into the Mac App Store
    1. sharpjunkie76's Avatar
      sharpjunkie76 -
      Quote Originally Posted by reanimationxp View Post
      And Apple slowly takes away some more of your freedom. Next it will be "This year's Macbook Air runs OSX, but only applications approved for it in the McAppStore. We did this to ensure a great user experience with every application!"

      Keep us oohing and ahhing while stabbing us in the back. Anyone who's not a dumbass is onto you, Steve. We all saw this coming. PC for life and loving it.

      Can't wait to crack the now-centralized DRM on your AppStore just so all the devs will hate you for your new "innovation". Devs, stay the hell away from this unless you feel like giving your app away. Macstall0us is on the horizon.
      This world is full of choices like the pro-choice your mom had before you were born. OS saves me so much time compared to windows. It's fast, easy to use and intuitive. I don't game on a pc so I have no need for one anymore. These people on here and their opinions. It's not like you created a windows based pc or had anything to do with windows. When your last name is Gates maybe your worthless opinion will have merit. Until then, troll away your useless banter.
    1. smr891's Avatar
      smr891 -
      I am exited to see this on my mac.
    1. Bluemoldycheeze88's Avatar
      Bluemoldycheeze88 -
      I'm going to wait for Lion to be released before I purchase my first Mac. I'm planning on getting a MacBook Pro for School.
    1. athleticswimmer's Avatar
      athleticswimmer -
      mod edit

      and "lion"......not working out.

      2011 is looking better than ever! to bad we wont be here in 2012
    1. blueblaze4444's Avatar
      blueblaze4444 -
      Quote Originally Posted by CrunchDude View Post
      Oh please...let's stop getting our panties in a bunch here...The Mac App Store may just be an effort to make installation of applications on OS X even easier, although I certainly hope that it will be in addition to the programs are installed and not instead of.

      Of course it would make sense to have centralized management of your installed software that, upon system failure, bad hard drive, upgrade to a new machine, etc., you could simply log in to the OS X-equivalent to your iTunes account and simply re-download all your apps, free and paid alike, along with maybe even settings and other things. I personally wouldn't want this, but I can see the appeal and application of such app management.

      I also don't think that many people would put up with a Big Brother-like system, so as fast as the market share of the Mac seems to go up, it can dwindle back into oblivion really fast if such foolish thoughts were to be entertained by the Grand CEO and generally Big Boss Man of anything iOS, OS X, and everything in between. (e.g. eSATA, USB 3, Bluray, just to name a "few".)

      EDIT: Having said that, I did find this, though: List of apps that will not be allowed into the Mac App Store

      I agree, for those of you that actually watched the entire keynote- Steve Jobs specifically said that it will "be the easiest way....not necessarily the only way, but the easiest way to download apps." I'm certain that it will still be possible to download apps on the web (without any restrictions). But it gives developers an easier option to use.

      Let's say Photoshop for example. Adobe, instead of selling the product in stores, could just put their app on the app store. Then users can buy it with just one click.

      Looking back at that however, there is one MAJOR problem. Apple still makes 30% of the sales from the app/s, so Photoshop is probably an insignificant example. It was a very bad move for apple to keep that concept with the Mac App Store. I think that Developers of large applications won't be as convinced as small developers that will now make apps with small but useful purposes.....such as the apps made for iOS.
    1. Forgoten Dynasty's Avatar
      Forgoten Dynasty -
      If 10.7 only runs signed apps my macbook will be running ubuntu for the rest of its life.
    1. macfan406's Avatar
      macfan406 -
      What jobs said directly was
      "It will be the best way to discover applications. It won't be the only way, but we think it'll be the best way"
      It's just a means of discovery and a way to purchase applications easier using iTunes.. Not the restrictive iOS model (thank god!)
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by chuk12chuk View Post
      LOL!

      And, if through an "app store" was the only way to get lion software, its called a monopoly (look it up) and its illegal. It wont be the only source, if one at all.
      Well, there is one thing wrong with your theory. It technically is the only way to get apps for the iphone... at least as far as Apple is willing to support. Where is the government breaking THAT monopoly (and it's less monopoly and more antitrust fwiw).
    1. DevouredDreams's Avatar
      DevouredDreams -
      Quote Originally Posted by sziklassy View Post
      Well, there is one thing wrong with your theory. It technically is the only way to get apps for the iphone... at least as far as Apple is willing to support. Where is the government breaking THAT monopoly (and it's less monopoly and more antitrust fwiw).
      Glad im not the only one who said the same thing
    1. Xenthis's Avatar
      Xenthis -
      Okay... I am not a real mac user.. You are probably right. Although with Windows 7 I have seen few things that I can't modify.
    1. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      Quote Originally Posted by Forgoten Dynasty View Post
      If 10.7 only runs signed apps my macbook will be running ubuntu for the rest of its life.
      NOOO!!! it is just an easier way to get applications! it doesn't only run signed code!
    1. santiagodraco's Avatar
      santiagodraco -
      Quote Originally Posted by CaptBojank View Post
      If you watched the webcast, you would notice he said that the app store is not the only place to get apps, it's in addition to what is already and will still be available. There will be no walled garden.

      Now, as far as what is allowed on the app store. That is, and should be, up to apple.
      And you actually believe that?

      Jobs whole goal in life has been to lock down the platform. In the early days that was the downfall of the Mac. On the iPhone it worked due to the fact that the phone isn't a replacement for the computer.

      Guess what neither is an iPad.

      The day of the locked mac is coming and it will be the day the mac returns to the days of it's slide into obscurity, again.
    1. Trist06's Avatar
      Trist06 -
      I am very sure this whole "only running signed apps" is just a rumor, could you imagine the consequences if apple actually tried to do something like that.

      If they actually did do that we would find alot more windows users in the future.
    1. blueblaze4444's Avatar
      blueblaze4444 -
      Quote Originally Posted by santiagodraco View Post
      And you actually believe that?

      Jobs whole goal in life has been to lock down the platform. In the early days that was the downfall of the Mac. On the iPhone it worked due to the fact that the phone isn't a replacement for the computer.

      Guess what neither is an iPad.

      The day of the locked mac is coming and it will be the day the mac returns to the days of it's slide into obscurity, again.
      People, PLEASE do not come up with assumptions if you haven't even watched the keynote.

      Everyone knows that Jobs is trying to control everything, but even HE knows that he cant do that. NOONE would buy macs, I'm pretty sure he is smart enough to realize that. For now the app store will be just an easier way to buy signed apps. If the mac ever becomes locked.......it will be in a very long time i believe.

      They are going to leave computers as they should be, and mobile devices as they should be.....period
    1. cheveli's Avatar
      cheveli -
      Has anyone used the latest version of ubuntu? It has a similar way of delivering apps like the proposed Mac App Store. Not all items at are a cost.

      Originally, when I first attempted to use ubuntu as my Linux install since it was more friendly, I quickly found it to be a hassle to get any software installed on it. With the new app delivery system, users are able to search for specific type of software and once installed, it automatically checks for updates. Keep in mind one still has the option to manually install software. Sound familiar???

      The MAC app store is going to open the Mac community to more options to software. Devs will want to spend time and money creating great new software. Look what the iPhone jailbreaking community did with early ios builds as far as apps, and then apple decided to build from that. Now we are using our phones for things that a couple of years ago were not thought of.

      I only hope they don't lock it down totally.time will tell, and if they do, a jailbreak would be available the next day, lol.
    1. elkyelky's Avatar
      elkyelky -
      I can actually see Apple locking OSX down. It may not happen tomorrow or next year but I think it will happen.

      Apple likes locking their devices, restricting their users actions and controlling what they do... it's only a matter of time before this strategey is slowly and gradually moved towards the Mac. It'll be small gradual changes to OSX that'll further restrict what we can do.. they'll continue to push the boundries until their market share takes a hit.
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      So many dumbasses on MMi!!!
      Snow Leopard doesn't really need an update except the button to make the app run full screen like Windows.