|Mac OS X Lion Launches With 250 New Features, 3,000 Developer APIs|
Mac OS X Lion Launches With 250 New Features, 3,000 Developer APIs [apple.com]
|Apple® today announced that Mac OS® X Lion, the eighth major release of the world’s most advanced operating system with more than 250 new features and 3,000 new developer APIs, will be available to customers in July as a download from the Mac® App Store™ for $29.99. Some of the amazing features in Lion include: new Multi-Touch® gestures; system-wide support for full screen apps; Mission Control, an innovative view of everything running on your Mac; the Mac App Store, the best place to find and explore great software, built right into the OS; Launchpad, a new home for all your apps; and a completely redesigned Mail app. |
“The Mac has outpaced the PC industry every quarter for five years running and with OS X Lion we plan to keep extending our lead,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “The best version of OS X yet, Lion is packed with innovative features such as new Multi-Touch gestures, system-wide support for full screen apps, and Mission Control for instantly accessing everything running on your Mac.”
$29.99 is a great price! The last version I believe cost $99 per seat or $199 for 5.
Apple is smart to offer the new version only by download, now everyone will have to pay them for the new OS and not just pass around disks to friends.
It's now available, but I'm not going to download it until I need it and that could be some time. I'm super busy right now and I don't need to slow down learning new icons and such.
The days of buying the latest thing because it's the latest thing has come and gone for me. I need to see a clear, compelling reason for any purchase, but especially new software. I quickly scanned what Lion is offering and I'll pass for now.
|Apple is smart to offer the new version only by download, now everyone will have to pay them for the new OS and not just pass around disks to friends. |
While I agree the download idea is a good one, I don't think the people that pirated the OS before will stop pirating it now. I suspect the majority of pirating was happening on BitTorrent already, not people passing around disks to friends.
...must be fun for people with not so fast internet...