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Mac OS X 10.7 Lion

WARNING: Mac OS X Lion (10.7) does NOT support Rosetta, and will therefore NOT run any PowerPC application. Please contact IT support and/or stop with the installation of this software if you are uncertain if you use Power-PC era applications.
 
 
Since the software on every Mac is created by the same company that makes the Mac, you get a fully integrated system in which everything works together perfectly. OS X Lion works with the processor in your Mac to deliver the best possible performance. The Multi-Touch trackpad on every Mac notebook gives you more than enough space to pinch, swipe, and tap your way around most of the apps on your system. OS X Lion gives you long battery life by dimming the screen in low-light conditions and even regulating processor activity between keystrokes.
 

New Features

Multi-Touch Gestures
Multi-Touch gestures transform the way you interact with your Mac, making all you do more intuitive and direct. Now an even richer Multi-Touch experience comes to OS X Lion. Enjoy more fluid and realistic gesture responses, including rubber-band scrolling, page and image zoom, and full-screen swiping.
 
Full-Screen Apps
OS X Lion offers systemwide support for gorgeous, full-screen apps that use every inch of your Mac display. You can have multiple full-screen apps open at once - along with multiple standard-size apps. And it's easy to switch between full-screen and desktop views.
 
Mission Control
Mission Control brings together full-screen apps, Dashboard, Expose', and Spaces in one new feature that gives you a bird's-eye view of everything on your system. With a single swipe on the trackpad, your desktop zooms out to Mission Control. Think of it as the hub of your system: View everything and go anywhere with just a click.
 
Mac App Store
The best way to discover apps for your Mac is now on your Mac. Just like the App Store on iPad, the Mac App Store lets you browse and download thousands of free and paid apps that you can start using right away on all your Mac computers authorized for personal use. New apps install in one step right to Launchpad, and the Mac App Store keeps track of your apps and tells you when updates are available.
 
Launchpad
Launchpad gives you instant access to all the apps on your Mac. Just click the Launchpad icon in your Dock. Your open windows fade away, replaced by a display of all your apps. Arrange your apps any way you want, group them together in folders, or delete them from your Mac with ease. And when you download an app from the Mac App Store, it automatically appears in Launchpad, ready to blast off.
 
Resume
Now apps you close will reopen right where you left off, so you never have to start from scratch again. And when you install software updates, you no longer need to save your work, close your apps, and spend valuable time setting everything up again. With Resume, you can restart your Mac and return to what you were doing - with all your apps in the places where you left them.
 
Auto Save
It's time to stop worrying about saving your work. Because now your Mac automatically saves what you're working on so you don't have to. It's not just an improvement for OS X, it's an improvement for anyone who's ever lost hours of hard work after forgetting to press Command-S.
 
Versions
Versions is a new feature that charts the history of your documents, taking snapshots in time, and displaying them side by side with the latest versions in an easily browsable timeline. You can review the past iterations of your compositions, restore a previous version, or copy and paste from old versions to new ones.
 
AirDrop
Looking for a fast way to share files with people nearby? With AirDrop, you can send files to anyone around you wirelessly - no Wi-Fi network required. And no complicated setup or special settings. Just click the AirDrop icon in the Finder sidebar, and your Mac automatically discovers other AirDrop users within about 30 feet of you. To share a file, simply drag it to someone's name. Once accepted, the fully encrypted file transfers directly to that person's Downloads folder.

Requirements

System requirements

  • x86-64 CPU (64-bit Macs, with an Intel Core 2 Duo, Intel Core i3, Intel Core i5, Intel Core i7, or Xeon processor.)
  • At least 2GB of RAM
  • Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later (Mac OS X 10.6.8 is recommended)
  • At least 7 GB of free hard drive space
  • AirDrop is supported on the following Mac models:[21] MacBook Pro (late 2008 or newer), MacBook Air (late 2010 or newer), MacBook (late 2008 or newer), iMac (early 2009 or newer), Mac Mini (mid 2010 or newer), Mac Pro (early 2009 with AirPort Extreme card and mid 2010 or newer).

WARNING: Mac OS X Lion (10.7) does NOT support Rosetta, and will therefore NOT run any PowerPC application. Please contact IT support and/or stop with the installation of this software if you are uncertain if you use Power-PC era applications.


page last updated: June 11, 2013
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