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Apple Unleashes Mac OS X 10.7 Lion

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Published on 20 July 2011 09:01 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Free Software
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Apple has unleashed their new Mac OS X 10.7 "Lion" operating system to the world today via the Mac OS X App Store.

Apple is no longer spinning CD/DVDs but using the Mac App Store is the only way to obtain this new Apple operating system for Intel hardware owners. The cost for the digital download is $29.99 USD.

New to Mac OS X 10.7 is support for multi-touch gestures, full-screen applications, a new Mission Control view, full integration with the Mac App Store, a new launcher called Launchpad, improved suspend-and-resume support, a new Mail application, a new feature called AirDrop for locally sharing files via wireless but without using WiFi, and much more. The Mac OS X Lion Server has also seen its share of improvements.

Today's official release of Mac OS X 10.7 "Lion" is being mentioned on Phoronix as also a notice that our final benchmarks of this new Apple OS will be coming in a matter of days. Soon as the official release is done downloading, there's three systems that will be used (two Mac Minis and a Mac Book Pro; it's all the Apple hardware that's available) for a fresh round of automated tests via the Phoronix Test Suite. Phoronix Test Suite 3.2-Grimstad and 3.4-Lillesand already offer full support for Mac OS X Lion to benchmark.

We have already delivered some early benchmarks of Mac OS X 10.7. Look for more in the coming days.

About The Author
Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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