Mac OS X Lion

An article from MacLife.

We’re already two months into 2011 and nary a word has been heard from Apple regarding Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, the next major version of the operating system which the company plans to ship this summer. If rumors are to be believed, the new iOS-inspired Lion could soon be seeding to developers, complete with an overhaul of the user interface.

MacRumors is reporting that Mac OS X 10.7 Lion may begin seeding to developers soon, according to a “vague piece” from TechCrunch. Some of the key features of Lion — many of which were borrowed from iOS — were demonstrated by Apple last fall, with the final version promised for this summer.

“While we already know some of the new features thanks to Apple’s preview, there are still a few surprises, apparently. One of these is a much-anticipated UI overhaul,” TechCrunch teases. “But that means that developers are going to need to be ready when it rolls out. And along those lines, we’re hearing that a developer beta should begin soon.”

There’s no doubt that the clock is ticking for Apple to get a preview version of 10.7 Lion into the hands of developers, assuming that radical UI changes are indeed part of the mix. Cupertino will also want to get third-party developers on board with some of the features previewed last year.

“Lion brings many of the best ideas from iPad back to the Mac, plus some fresh new ones like Mission Control that Mac users will really like,” CEO Steve Jobs announced last fall during the preview. “Lion has a ton of new features, and we hope the few we had time to preview today will give users a good idea of where we are headed.”

Among the UI changes that are already part of 10.7 Lion are iOS-like scrollbars and revisions to the Dock, but presumably there is more yet to come.

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