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Apple Unveils Developer Preview Of Mac OS X Lion

Apart from today's announcement regarding the refreshed MacBook Pro laptop range, Apple also announced the availability of the developer preview of the latest iteration of the Mac OS X, codenamed Lion, which will be available through Mac App Store.

Yep, you will be able to download an operating system through the desktop equivalent of the App Store. Apple Insider (opens in new tab) does an excellent job of rounding up previously undisclosed features including a new version of Mail which resembles the iPad, AirDrop which allows users to transfer files from one Mac to another wirelessly with no setup at all, Resume which remembers the App state even if you restart your Mac and Autosave which save documents as you work.

There's another interesting addition, the FileVault which provides with Full Disk Encryption both for local and external drives with the ability to delete data from your Mac within seconds.

“The iPad has inspired a new generation of innovative features in Lion,” Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing noted in th press release before adding that “Developers are going to love Mission Control and Launchpad, and can now start adding great new Lion features like full screen, gestures, Versions and Auto Save to their own apps.”

Apple also added that there will be a Mac OS X Lion Server version which will add support for the desktop version of the OS, iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices but not the Apple TV, at least not for now.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.