There’s no doubt that new CEO Tim Cook’s intentions are pure. As Apple’s Board of Directors swiftly confirmed, there is no one more capable of stepping into Steve Jobs’ shoes, and no one more eager to stay true to Apple’s culture and DNA. But no matter how much wisdom Steve has imparted on Cook or how many late-night phone calls they have, decisions no longer go through Jobs. And as with any regime change, things will be different, no matter how reassuring Tim’s words are.
Now, that doesn’t mean Apple’s going to suddenly start selling iPhones with slide-out keyboards, but some noticeable changes might be in store over the next year or so. Click through for a look at what we might be seeing a little different this time next year.
It’s probably a little too poetic (slash dramatic) to say that Mac OS 10.7 is as mysterious as the big cat it’s named after. Still, many of its best improvements lurk under the hood -- security enhancements, for example. And a good chunk of its 250 new features are cosmetic or inconsequential at best. (Plus, who did the counting? Full-screen apps is one feature, then full-screen Terminal is cited as a separate feature? Whatever.) One of the biggest differences is how it’s sold -- only via the Mac App Store, only to users of Snow Leopard, and only as a digital download -- until Apple starts offering a $69 thumb drive with it installed, which we were still waiting for as we went to press, but should be out by the time you read this.
Today, Apple released Lion Recovery Disk Assistant software in order to better serve users who have a need to create recovery partitions on external drives. The software builds upon Apple's Recovery features within Mac OS X Lion by adding support for creating a Recovery Disk on external drives.
Apparently the Mac App Store distribution forum has served Apple well, at least as far as Mac OS X Lion is concerned. Apple announced today, that in just one day, over one million users bought and downloaded the latest operating system. The sales are the fastest than any other OS release in Apple's history!
Want to know if Adobe Photoshop CS5 will work on Lion? What about AOL Radio?
The good people at RoaringApps have put together a wiki detailing which apps have been tested so far on Lion, and if they work properly or not. There are currently seventeen pages of apps on their App Compatibility Table, all listed in alphabetical order, with details about each app.
After all the waiting, all the speculation, and all the curiosity, there I was, finally downloading Lion. Little did I know, once I installed it, I was in for some very unexpected surprises. For days my workflow was impeded by seemingly arbitrary changes. So sure, while Lion is an update designed to be evolutionary rather than revolutionary, it’ll require some serious getting used to. After a few days of learning the system, my computer was a new beast.
The wait is over, you can finally get your digital fingers all up in Lion's mane. Apple released the latest iteration of OS X in the Mac App Store and the hefty download is ready for anyone with $29.99 burning a hole in their pocket.
While waiting for Lion, you've no doubt checked out Apple's Lion Features page. It boasts more than 250 new features, some of them more featurey than others. Full Screen Apps is one feature, counting it as a separate feature for each app, that sort of seems like cheating.
To help you get the most out Lion, we compiled a list of features and tips to help you conquer your new feline friend.