The day is finally here – after confirmation from Apple’s CFO Peter Oppenheimer yesterday, today will mark the release of the long awaited update to the Mac OS X operating system, Lion. Here’s what the update will bring, in case you needed a refresher:
New Multi-Touch gestures: perform new moves and control your operating system in a new and efficient way with the use of multi-touch gestures, System wide support for full screen apps, Mission Control: a way to view everything that’s running on your Mac, Launchpad: a new home for all your apps, and a completely redesigned Mail app. Users will also get the ability to Resume, which lets them return to their apps exactly how they left them; Auto Save which means no more having to hit the save button every 5 minutes; Versions, for easily reverting back to older versions of documents; and AirDrop for making it easy to set up P2P connections with nearby Macs.
Mac OS X Lion will be available from the Mac App Store for $29.99. It will be a 4GB download (about the size of a HD movie from the iTunes Store). As mentioned previously, users can head to their local Apple Retail Stores to download Lion from there. In August, the Lion update will be made available from the Apple Store on a USB thumb drive for $69. How many of you will be getting the update to Lion today?