Today, 20 July 2011 is a historic day in the world of desktop operating systems(OS). Apple today announced the launch of their new OS called Mac OS X Lion (Mac OS X 10.7) on their Mac Appstore. It is the first time that an OS is made available to upgrade straight from the net without use of external device.
The OS is currently only available for download on the Appstore for £20.99 ($29.99). The other interesting thing about this distribution is that since it is distributed through the Mac Appstore is falls under the Appstore policy through which one purchase can be installed on up to 5 devices owned by you. This makes the cost of OS @ £4.20 ($6) per machine
Apple claims to have more than 250 new features, including Multi-touch gestures, full screen apps, iOS (iPad, iPhone) like home screen, Mission control to give you bird’s eye view of all open apps, launchpad, Resume, autosave, version control, Air drop etc to name a few.
OS X Lion requires a Mac notebook or desktop with Intel Core 2 Duo, Core i3, Core i5, Core i7 or Xeon processor, snow leopard 10.6.6 (Preferably 10.6.8), at least 2GB RAM and minimum free hard drive space of 8GB.