Apple today released a Developer Preview of Apple’s new Mac OS X Lion with many features from iPad such as multi-touch gestures and the final version will be available in this summer.
“The iPad has inspired a new generation of innovative features in Lion,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “Developers are going to love Mission Control and Launchpad, and can now start adding great new Lion features like full screen, gestures, Versions and Auto Save to their own apps.”
The eighth major release of Mac OS also brings Mission Control, which provides a new view of everything running on the computer, combining Expose, Dashboard and Spaces; Launchpad, “a new home for all your Mac apps,” which displays Mac apps in a full-screen layout with a single click; and the Mac App Store.
Other features to debut in the new OS X version include:
• AirDrop, a new way to copy files wirelessly between Macs.
• Versions, automatic saving of document versions as you create them.
• Resume—brings your apps back to how you left them when you restart your Mac or quit and relaunch an app.
• Auto Save—automatically saves your documents as you work.
• A new version of FileVault that uses high-performance full disk encryption for local and external drives and the ability to wipe data from your Mac instantaneously.
• Mac OS X Lion Server, which can manage Mac OS X Lion, iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices.
The developer preview is available for Mac Developer Program Members through the Mac App Store.