When Apple released Mac OS X Lion to the world last week we pointed out some features that would appeal to the business user. However, we forgot to mention that the latest operating system has so much more to offer and is like three products in one. Lion has a different impact for different users, and it will be the inclusion of iCloud support that will allow it to grow even further.
Some users with tunnel vision will use Lion and say that it is ideal of iPad users, others will say that it is perfect for new users, whereas you will get some that say that Mac OS X Lion will cater for veterans of Mac. Well you would be all wrong, as it actually caters for all three. I have been a Mac user for a couple of years now, and one or two of my colleagues much longer and we find this latest version very refreshing indeed.
Engadget points to the fact that Apple knows that operating systems have changed since the introduction of the iPad, as users now want much simpler features to be integrated. The iPad is all about multitouch, as is Lion — well if you have a MacBook Air, Pro or a Trackpad to use on your iMac or Mac Pro that is. Not only that, but the apps will now play a much larger feature, this is seen from the start with the download of Lion being made available via the Mac App Store.
Apple has grown as a company year-on-year for sometime now, and that is because they have been able to cater for new users, something that they have done with Lion. For years consumers have been put off Mac for two reasons, price and afraid of change. OK, so we know that the price is still a factor, but Apple has been driving their prices down for the past couple of years now. As for the part about not liking change, as you have been used to Windows, well the OS is much simpler to use than previous versions, thanks to those mulittouch gestures that we mentioned above.
Old Mac users will enjoy a few new features that have made Mac even better, and one such feature is AirDrop. It is no secret that Apple devices have been able to talk to each other easily, but AirDrop makes it even simpler, as long as you are in range that is. We have yet to try this feature out, but cannot wait to do so.
The next feature that will take Lion to the next level is iCloud, which is currently being tested on the Mac OS X 10.7.2. No more details have been released on this, but this is all part of Apple’s plan to have a huge Cloud presence in the fall.