With over 54 million active worldwide Mac users already using Mac OS to the test, it is no big surprise to discover Steve Jobs‘ unveiling of Mac OS X Lion in the coming weeks. In fact, we’ve been anticipating the conjunction of features previously seen only within the mobile iOS software into the desktop/laptop-based Mac OS X line since iOS 4 (April 2010).
In today’s posting we will take our readers through the second round of our favorite new features found within Mac OS X Lion, which will be available for purchase/upgrade this July.
Have you ever closed an app only to discover you weren’t really finished using it? How about re-opening an app and feeling completely lost as to where your focus was previously?
Rest assured OS X Lion has got you covered. No more saving, closing and setting up again just to perform a software update!
Did you catch our reference to ‘no more saving…’ in the paragraph above? That’s correct!
There’s a new ‘Auto Save’ feature in OS X Lion, which, for all intensive purposes will make using your Mac easier than ever before (and will be a breath of fresh air to those who forget to click that ‘save’ button).
When does it auto save? During pauses and every 5 minutes … perfect!
As a complimentary feature to ‘Auto Save’, Mac OS X Lion’s ‘Versions’ feature is essentially ‘Time Machine’ for documents.
Take snapshots, view revision history (WordPress anyone?) and share the most current version with those on your team … without an iota of hesitation!
Sharing wirelessly without Wi-Fi? Mac OS X Lion’s ‘AirDrop’ feature promises to sniff out other AirDrop users within thirty feet, create a connection and allow for encrypted file delivery … without any special setup or settings modifications.
How do they do it without Wi-Fi? Bluetooth perhaps? We’re not quite sure, but it will be one of the first things we test upon install no doubt!
How can ‘Mail’ be a new feature? Well … it’s not necessarily a ‘new’ feature per se. It is however, a vast improvement from previous versions.
Think full-screen, threaded conversations (Facebook anyone?) that are easily searchable and feel more like the Mail program on the iPad or even your favorite internet browser (yes, there are now ‘Favorites’ and extended search functions).
Straight from the horse’s mouth: “So now anyone can turn just about any Mac into a server.”
Mac OS X Lion is stock-full of improvements, and ‘Lion Server’ looks to be as promising as any new feature rolled out by Apple in 2011 (iCloud, iOS 5, etc.).
Want to send push notifications to your network? Done. How about those who want to manage profiles, share files with their iPad, create/edit Wiki pages, manage their team’s iCal schedule/Mail server or dabble in a bit of Xsan? Done and done.
The above features are merely the tip of an iceberg comprised of 250+ new features found within Mac OS X Lion, and if what is posted above at all excites you, please check back soon for Part III of our OS X Lion preview!
Oh, and if you missed it … view Pt. I HERE!
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Coming up next … taking a look at OSX Lion Pt. III!