The Mac OS X Lion is the eighth major release of the world"s most advanced operating system with more than 250 new features. The new features include new Multi-Touch gestures, system-wide support for full screen apps, Mission Control - an innovative view of everything running on your Mac, the Mac App Store, built right into the OS, Launchpad - a new home for all your apps and a completely redesigned Mail app.
"Lion is the best version of OS X yet, and we"re thrilled that users around the world can download it starting today," said Philip Schiller, Apple"s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. "Lion makes upgrading a Mac easier than ever before; just launch the Mac App Store, buy Lion with your iTunes account, and the download and install process will begin automatically."
Additional new features in Lion include:
* Resume, which conveniently brings your apps back exactly how you left them when you restart your Mac or quit and relaunch an app.
* Auto Save, which automatically and continuously saves your documents as you work.
* Versions, which automatically records the history of your document as you create it, and gives you an easy way to browse, revert and even copy and paste from previous versions.
*AirDrop, which finds nearby Macs and automatically sets up a peer-to-peer wireless connection to make transferring files quick and easy.
Mac OS X Lion is available as an upgrade to Mac OS X version 10.6.6 Snow Leopard from the Mac App Store for $29.99. Apple said that Lion will be made available on a USB thumb drive through the Apple Store by Aug 2011.