Early Mac OS X Lion Developers Preview Hands-On Preview

Mac OS X Lion

Since Apple has launched the Mac OS X Developers Preview alot of new additions have been announced by us such as WebKit2, TRIM Support, Xcode 4.1 and more. But today, we have got a live hands-on preview which is made by Engadget, all credit goes to Engadget for making this hands-on preview. The developers preview has been installed on a MacBook Pro but it is pretty strange that Engadget have noticed that there isn’t much to say about Mac OS X Lion as it comparitively similar to use for day-to-day tasks, however some unique apps will make Lion more interesting to use. Engadget also notes some system-level features, additions and iOS influence all over the place. Check out what’s new in Mac OS X Lion after the break.

Launchpad

Mac OS X Lion

Apple’s making a big deal out of Launchpad, Lion’s new iOS-style app launcher, but we’re assuming most power users will stick to the Finder, Dock, and Spotlight for quick access to frequently-used apps. We’re guessing less-advanced users will love it, though — it mimics the successful iOS app interface to a tee, including folder support and direct app installs from the Mac App Store.

Multitasking and app management

Mac OS X Lion

One major change Apple’s made in Lion is that running apps are no longer denoted by a little “light” in the Dock. Just like iOS, Lion is designed to manage system resources for the user, in an effort to make multitasking completely seamless. That means the system can “freeze” apps in the background, kill processes, and otherwise do whatever it takes to preserve the user experience. It’s a nice idea, and we’re sure some people will love it, but we’d rather take destiny into our own hands when it comes to managing apps — so it’s a good thing you can always see what apps are running by hitting control-tab or by turning the lights back on in preferences.

App updates

Apple’s redesigned a number of of built-in apps in Lion, and the iOS influence is readily apparent — run some of these apps full-screen on an 11-inch MacBook Air and you’d be hard-pressed to tell the difference from an iPad. Some highlights:

Mail

Mac OS X Lion E-mail

The venerable OS X Mail app has been given a major UI makeover in Lion, picking up a number of elements from Mail in the iPad. You’ve got a left column with all your messages and a preview pane on the right — threaded messages are numbered in the new conversation view, which is a dead-simple idea that works really well. Search has also been dramatically improved with easy query-stacking options, and folders can be added to a new bookmark bar-style Mailbox Bar at the top fo the screen.

Address Book

Mac OS X Lion Address Book

The Address Book app now look like a book, and the cards are much cleaner. It’s cute, in its way.

iCal

Mac OS X Lion iCal

iCal has been given a thorough makeover as well, with a new fullscreen mode and some new features, like an availability view that plots out all your free time in a day.

QuickTime

Snow Leopard’s QuickTime X was relatively feature-poor, but almost everything that went missing from QuickTime 7 is back in Lion, including editing support and better export options — including built-in support for Vimeo, Flickr, Facebook, and Mail.

These are some of the features of the newly released Mac OS X developer preview if you are intending to read about more feature, so just navigate to the link below.

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