Apple releases OSX Lion for $29.99
Posted by Lyn May
I can hear it now. The guys over at Microsoft are spinning in their cush chairs wondering why they didn’t think of that. A whole operating system… just 30-bucks. Who’d of thunk it? Apple did.
Apple has finally released their long awaited answer to Microsoft’s Windows 7. Well, to be fair, Apple seldom benchmarks from Windows, but it’s just good conversation to assume they are “fighting.” Yes, Apple has followed up a very successful Snow Leopard with the king of the jungle, Lion. This is version 10.7. And you can get it by going to the App Store. A boxed version is not available any longer. Which makes OSX Lion the first digitally distributed Operating System.
Here are some of my favorite features:
Do you hate clicking the green “+” button to have your app only enlarge to the leftovers after your dock? Well, your dreams have been answered. Lion has built Full screen into the operating system. So now, all you have to do is click the full screen icon on the top right side of your app. Pretty cool.
This has been a long time coming. I hate having hundreds of windows open and not be able to control them. You screen becomes cluttered really quickly. Expose attempts to help this, but if an app opens more than one window, it simply gets lost in the chaos. So bravo for this added feature.
I’ve been using this feature in Snow Leopard for some time now. I did see an uprise in my app purchases. It’s just too easy to simply click “buy.” lol Maybe that’s not a good thing. But I can’t blame my lack of impulse control on Apple.
Just like Mission Control, if you get too many apps, they eventually become just a drop in a bucket. I don’t like searching for an app more than a couple of seconds. It shouldn’t be that hard. I put my most used apps on the dock, which is fine; but for those rarely used apps, Launchpad will see it’s day.
Resume is something that I didn’t even realize I needed. I can now close down an app and then reopen it where I left off. I no longer need to take notes about what I was doing before I closed it. If you’re like me and have a busy life, and have taken on multiple projects, then you understand that it’s not a linear juggling act. You must multitask. And this feature will help with your ADD. lol
These two guys, Auto Save and Versions (from left to right), will save your ass, literally. Have you ever spent time writing a paper, revising it, deleting this, changing that? And, like a good little boy, saving it all the while. That’s a good practice, right? But realize that your going down the wrong path? Bamf! Unless you had the foresight to make several versions of it via the Save As portion of the software, you’re screwed. But with Auto Save and Versions, it’s all done for you. And you can go back in time to every stage of the process to retrieve a later version or just a portion of it. Brilliant! This should be standard on all operating systems. Especially those for work.
This feature is actually kind of a novelty function. I don’t yet have a use for it. I will, however. It’s called Airdrop. It essentially takes the pains out of setting up a local network and educating all the various users how to use it properly. With Airdrop, you simply select the content you want to share and drop it on the person’s picture of who you want to share it with. And this is a one time thing. I don’t know if you can share continually or not. I’ll leave that one open. This is more of a, “Hey, can you send me that report you did Friday.” We used to do this through email. Remember those days?
Speaking of Mail. This app needed revamped badly. It was too simple. Simplicity is where Apple shines, but some apps are over simplified to the point of being useless. This iteration attempts to fix that issue with redoing Mail from the ground up.
All in all, I’m excited about the updates. And it’s nice to see that Apple has finally gotten their apps up to 64-bits. So I leave you with this. Why is Microsoft charging over $100 for their operating system?