Apple announces Mac OS X 10.7 Lion with App Store

Back to the Mac
New OS launched for MacBooks, iMacs and Mac Pro machines

UPDATE: Check out our hands on OS X Lion review.

Apple has launched the eighth version of its OS X platform, OS X 10.7 Lion, with the company saying it has drawn inspiration from the iPad and the new iOS operating system.

Speaking at the San Francisco Back to the Mac event, Apple CEO Steve Jobs says that the iOS platform used on the company's mobile devices "is feeding the Lion."

Jobs says the company has been inspired by recent developments on the iPad and iPhone and wants to bring them "Back to the Mac."

App Store for Mac

First of all, Apple has announced a standalone App Store for Macs, which looks extremely similar to the iTunes App Store and boasts the same functionality and can be navigated in the same way.

It'll also prompt the user when updates to the apps are available and, like the iPad, all apps will be viewable in full-screen mode.The App Store for Mac will appear on Snow Leopard-running Macs within 90 days.

Jobs also announced the new LaunchPad feature, which is essentially an iOS layer on top of your Mac, showcasing your app library on the desktop and allowing you to create folders just as in iOS 4.

There's also a Mission Control view, which is a neat take on Exposé and a host of new multi-touch gesture controls built into Lion, which will be released in Summer 2011.

Chris Smith

A technology journalist, writer and videographer of many magazines and websites including T3, Gadget Magazine and He specializes in applications for smartphones, tablets and handheld devices, with bylines also at The Guardian, WIRED, Trusted Reviews and Wareable. Chris is also the podcast host for The Liverpool Way. As well as tech and football, Chris is a pop-punk fan and enjoys the art of wrasslin'.