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Posted at 9:40 AM ET, 02/24/2011

Apple releases Mac OS X Lion developer kit

By Hayley Tsukayama

Apple released the first developer kit for its next operating system, OSX Lion, on Thursday morning.

As expected, the operating system has deep integration with the Mac App Store. It is now available to developers through the Mac App Store, and will be released this summer.

The press release from Apple also reveals several new features in the operating system.

A feature called Resume will restore your Mac to the way it was when you restart it or quit an application for an update. Similar features save versions of documents as you work on them and allow you to reload previous versions. Another feature called AirDrop will let Mac users transfer files between Macs wirelessly.

Lion navigation will be based on something called Mission Control, which Apple said unifies the functionality of its current Expose, Dashboard and Spaces features and lets users have a full-screen view of everything happening on their machines.

The system also includes Launchpad, another full-screen menu that shows users all of their apps -- which sounds suspiciously like the home screen on an iPhone.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | February 24, 2011; 9:40 AM ET
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Comments

"unifies the functionality of its current Expose, Dashboard and Spaces features"

Hopefully this means these annoying, useless bells-n-whistles can be ignored/disabled all at once.

What I sincerely doubt it means is that the keyboard function conflicts--affecting the performance of older Apple-branded software--that these "features" introduced will be resolved.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | February 24, 2011 10:07 AM | Report abuse

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