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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. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      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.
      Ummm the App Store on iDevices operates on your definition of a monopoly? The App Store is the only intended means to get new software on your iDevice. (if you disregard Cydia) If it's so illegal how have Apple been doing this for the last 3/4 years.
    1. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      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.
      watch the keynote, then shut up.
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      Quote Originally Posted by MetallicaFan1991 View Post
      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.
      Are you referring to Right Zoom? This does full screen when you click the green button.
    1. Jay316's Avatar
      Jay316 -
      I wonder if Lion will run on a Dell Mini 10V
    1. SeedlessOne's Avatar
      SeedlessOne -
      Quote Originally Posted by awesomeSlayer View Post
      Ok first of all, we don't discuss about cracking commercial software or warez.
      Get a life.

      He was just stating something. Stop *** kissing to the mods. Ive seen you do this so many times for little to no warrant.
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      Quote Originally Posted by SeedlessOne View Post
      Get a life.

      He was just stating something. Stop *** kissing to the mods. Ive seen you do this so many times for little to no warrant.
      Just to inform you he doesn't *** kiss to us. You may want to say your sorry in this thread or in a pm.

      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.
      I can't agree with your last sentence. The iPhone is locked but it has not lost its popularity and I feel it would be the same way with the Mac. Just because they locked it doesn't mean I would run to windows that is for sure. I am sure I would not be to happy but I would still keep my Apple products and I am sure many others feel the same way as I do.
    1. reanimationxp's Avatar
      reanimationxp -
      Quote Originally Posted by sharpjunkie76 View Post
      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.
      lol, right.. I'M the troll. That's why you're getting edited by mods for "uncalled for statements" and talking about my mom.

      i love people that drone on about their opinion and then proceed to tell me mine is worthless.
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      Quote Originally Posted by SeedlessOne View Post
      Get a life.

      He was just stating something. Stop *** kissing to the mods. Ive seen you do this so many times for little to no warrant.
      If you are so concerned about me, then about putting me in your Ignore List? I added YOU in my Ignore List. Plus, it is called forum rules.
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      Ok play nice and stay on the topic please.... calling names or cutting other members down will earn you a big fat infraction from this point on.
    1. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      you know what Thetoothfairy?! YOU'RE A TOOTH FAIRY!!!
    1. Hitone's Avatar
      Hitone -
      Quote Originally Posted by thazsar View Post
      Are you referring to Right Zoom? This does full screen when you click the green button.
      Not all software runs full screen, many games run in a 'window'

      Would love to run everything full screen
    1. Nicholas Knight's Avatar
      Nicholas Knight -
      wait so they are making it like a even bigger iPad? lol
    1. blueblaze4444's Avatar
      blueblaze4444 -
      I'n getting a bit annoyed with a lot of these posts now.

      1) The App Store will not be the only way to run apps

      2) It will be in a VERY long time if it ever is

      3) OS X 10.7 looks AWESOME.

      4) If you don't think it is, then at least spend the time to watch parts, if not all of the keynote on apple.com.
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      @Hitone,
      Oh, I see! I haven't played a game on either of my Macs so the only thing I noticed that RightZoom didn't work for was iTunes. Glad to learn that bit of info. Thanx!
    1. bootloader's Avatar
      bootloader -
      I would like to see install and boot support for windows on external drive
    1. Mista Brothason's Avatar
      Mista Brothason -
      What are they gonna call the next one? "Sabertooth"


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