With over 54 million active worldwide Mac users already putting 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 many 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 seventh and final round of our favorite new features found within Mac OS X Lion, which will be available for purchase/upgrade this July.
Pane is good. The new Mail, Contacts and Calendars pane in System Preferences that is! Users of MS Exchange, Gmail, Yahoo!, and AOL will now be able to manage all of their accounts in this now-centralized area.
Users will also now be able to turn off app indicator lights, set new desktop colors/images and configure gestures for the Apple Magic Mouse and trackpad in new ways!
Tired of reading the same old text day in and day out? Leave it to Apple to be ahead of the game on this one as well!
There’s plenty of new options including new fonts and font families, emojicons, vertical text support for Chinese/Japanese characters and expanded multi-language support for over fifteen different languages including Vietnamese, Indian subcontinental regions and more … along with a super-easy method of accessing accented characters; just hold down the letter and make your selection from the dialog box!
Quick, look! Wait. No, that’s not right… Quick Look? Indeed! Combine the ability to preview images and web addresses immediately within TextEdit, auto-highlight search results in yellow or use the new formatting bar to spice up your document with ease.
Forgot to save? No worries, as Auto Save is here to help! Saved over an earlier version and need to revert? TextEdit has got you covered with fully-accessible previous versions!
Hot tub? Well, there’s no splashing, but the theory of time travel is well applied in this case… Especially if you are away from your backup drive or Time Capsule. Hello user, meet local snapshots. These help recover lost work that HAS NOT yet been added to Time Machine!
Security a top priority? Never fear, as Time Machine features full FileVault 2 support with XTS-AES 128 encryption; keeping your backups safer than ever.
No, not a group of castrated men placed in charge of a harem or employed as chamberlains in a palace… That’s just silly. UNIX is an operating system from the late 60’s that Apple first adapted into Mac OS X back in ’97 … and it keeps getting better and better!
There’s now full-screen support, new appearance/status controls and drag-and-drop support for proxy icons … for those working ‘behind the scenes’ in Mac OS X Lion.
The above features, coupled with those found in Pt. I, Pt. II, Pt. III, Pt. IV, Pt. V and Pt. VI 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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