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 fourth round of our favorite new features found within Mac OS X Lion, which will be available for purchase/upgrade this July.
Video calling is not just for those holding an iPhone 4 in their hand… FaceTime for Mac OS X Lion will allow users to chat, by video, with those sporting the iPhone 4, iPad 2, latest iPod and other Intel-based Mac computers in full 720p HD.
Heck, FaceTime can even ring you on all of your enabled Mac devices if you choose! Don’t want to be reachable? Turn it off, it’s that simple.
Do you consider your data to be ‘sensitive’?
If you wish to keep unwanted eyeballs off of your information, FileVault 2’s full-drive XTS-AES 128 high performance encryption may just be the way to go; especially if you like using your drive during initial encryption or want to encrypt USB/FireWire connected drives… Yep, you can do that as well!
Not that Finder is anything new to the Mac OS, but hear us out before moving on. New to Finder are such features as All My Files, ‘smart’ sorting and search functions, multi-touch gesture navigation and many more.
Our absolute favorite however, is actually something we’ve seen in Windows for quite some time, and could be potentially disastrous to those unaware. Apple says it best in that, “when you try to combine two folders with the same name, the Finder now offers to merge them into a single folder.”
In the past, if you chose “Yes”, the copied (new) folder would completely replace the existing (old) folder, thus deleting all files contained within and replacing with only the new, copied files. If you don’t use Time Machine you’re pretty much out of luck, unless you feel like spending countless hours, days, weeks, etc. sorting though data recovery logs. Even then, its hit or miss…
Thanks Steve, we really needed that one!
As with pretty much every new and revamped feature in OS X Lion, iCal is now fully capable of running in beautiful, full-screen mode and sports a streamlined new look that gives users more room to breathe in their scheduling.
Quick Add allows for regular language phrases to be entered, allowing iCal to sort out the elements and neatly create and add the event to your calendar. Mix in the new Day/Year view along with Heat map and you’ll have every reason in the world to be ahead of schedule.
The above features, coupled with those found in Pt. I, Pt. II, Pt. III and the upcoming Pt. V of our OS X Lion preview are merely the tip of an iceberg comprised of 250+ new features found within what may very well be the best operating system ever created!
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Coming up next … taking a look at OSX Lion Pt. V!