OS X 10.7 "Lion" is the eighth major release of OS X, and comes with a new philosophical approach to the Mac. Apple has been using OS X for the "Mac OS" as well as the underlying OS for the AppleTV as well as the iOS on iPhones and the iPad, and is now looking to bring some of the innovations in the iOS back to the Mac OS to enhance the Mac experience.
The first is multitouch gestures, a feature that has been progressively implemented into OS X with Apple's multitouch trackpad, Magic mouse, and Magic trackpad input devices. While many might imagine a touch-screen option for notebooks, Apple is not going to go in that direction, indicating user fatigue as the main problem with that approach, but also that it is just cumbersome for most users. Instead, Apple will be concentrating on the horizontal approach to gestures and inputs that we have seen in the multitouch trackpads, and is leaving the onscreen gestures to mobile devices.
The second feature is the implementation of the Mac App Store on OS X. This is available as a standalone application that you can put in your Dock, which will open and show a view into the store similar to the iTunes store. It will allow you to better discover new applications as well as offer easy one-click purchasing and installation of applications. When applications are purchased, they will immediately show in the Dock along with a progress bar indicating the download and installation progress for that application. When the progress bar is done, the application can be launched immediately.
While Apple is advertising the new App Store for Lion, the program will be available for Snow Leopard within 90 days, so stay tuned. Apple has a developer kit to hopefully get other applications into the store besides its iLife and iWork suites, and we expect that like the current App Store for the iOS, it will populate rather quickly.… Read more
The new line of MacBook Airs are thinner and lighter than the prior model, while aiming to offer the kind of instant-on and ultra-long battery life found in the iPad. Available in both 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch models, the machines range from $999 to $1,599 depending on the combination of screen, processor, and storage. All use flash memory rather than a hard … Read more
A few months ago, we wondered how iOS could make its way into OS X. Apple was clearly thinking the same thing, because the summer 2011 release of OS X Lion looks like it's going to make Macs very iPad-like indeed.
First and foremost, an App Store will be hitting the Mac "within 90 days" according to today's Apple keynote, with software updates and much of the same look and feel as what exists on the iPad. It looks as if the Mac App Store will focus on Mac-specific apps, but it can't require too … Read more
Editor's note: We used Cover It Live for this event, so if you missed the live blog, you can still replay it in the embedded component below. Replaying the event will give you all the live updates along with questions and commentary from our readers and CNET editors. For those of you who just want the updates, we've included them in regular text here. You can find a brief summary of what was announced in our followup article here.
CUPERTINO, Calif.--Fresh off of crowing about strong iPhone sales, and unloading on Google and Android, Apple is turning its attention to one of its smallest businesses: the Mac.
Join us live as we find out for sure what Apple has in store. Our coverage begins just before 10 a.m. PDT today. You can follow the blow-by-blow account in the Cover It Live module below.
Those of you on Apple devices can watch Apple's own live stream of the event here: http://events.apple.com.edgesuite.net/1010qwoeiuryfg/event/index.html. The stream requires Safari 4 or 5 on Mac OS X Snow Leopard or Safari on iOS 3 or later. It can also be watched on non-Apple products by using a media player called VLC (download here) and inserting the URL into the Open Network Stream option under the media tab.
9:52 a.m. PDT: Hi everyone, thanks for joining us! We're just getting settled inside Town Hall here on the Apple campus. The event should begin in about 10 minutes.
9:56 a.m. (Josh Lowensohn): Hey, Josh here. I'm on photo duty this morning. Ina will be on in a second to corral your comments.
9:59 a.m.: Lights are lowering. Here we go. … Read more
Update: The event is now over, but the video can still be replayed from Apple's event page.
Today at 10 a.m. Apple will be hosting a presentation on the company's next efforts for the Mac OS as well as upcoming and future models of the Macintosh. This morning a number of media outlets are receiving word from Apple that the event will be streamed live from Apple's Web site.
CNET will be covering the event on our live blog, and currently there is no link on the Apple Web site for the media event, but the … Read more
The scramble to release Firefox 4 in 2010 means it's a frenzied time for Mozilla, but there's more afoot at the organization than just building a browser.
Specifically, Mozilla is concerned about how people on the Web will find and pay for the increasingly sophisticated online applications made possible with modern Web browsers.
On Tuesday, Mozilla announced its labs project to develop "Open Web App Ecosystem" technology for finding, managing, and distributing Web apps.
"The open Web is a great platform for rich applications. It would be even better if it had additional capabilities to … Read more
Sometimes a reinstall of the operating system is the easiest way to tackle multiple or nonsuperficial problems with computers, since doing this will refresh the underlying operating system software and hopefully clear any corruption and configurations that may be causing the issues.
Apple has progressively made the process of reinstalling easier, to the point where now it is practically seamless to pop in the Snow Leopard installation DVD and run a reinstallation, then perform an autoupdate and be right back where you were, maybe. In some instances, after performing reinstallations people may find certain applications will not work anymore.
Usually … Read more
In the classic Mac OS, one of the neat features was the ability to create a RAM disk, which would allow users to allocate a section of RAM for use as a storage drive. Being stored in RAM, the drive's contents would load nearly instantaneously and could therefore be used to quickly launch applications and load documents that were frequently accessed. The RAM disk was kept active even when the computer was off, so in some cases if you had enough RAM you could even copy the system folder to it and load the Mac from a cold boot … Read more
After an early slip-up by French carrier SFR, HP made it official and introduced the Palm Pre 2 on Tuesday.
The next-gen WebOS smartphone will indeed be available from SFR starting this Friday, but HP also revealed that the smartphone will be headed to Verizon Wireless in the coming months, as well as Canada.
The Pre 2 will be the first handset to ship running WebOS 2.0 and offers new features and enhancements, such as Stacks for grouping together related cards or open apps, an Exhibition view, which provides access to more information and views when a device is … Read more