Apple previews upcoming Mac OS X Lion

At a special Mac-focused event in Cupertino on Wednesday, Apple previewed the next version of its OS X operating system, called Lion.

Apple's focus for Lion is bringing many iOS features back to the Mac.

Lion will bring a Mac App Store to the Mac, similar to the App Store for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. You'll be able to purchase and download Mac apps the same way you do on iOS devices, with integrated app updates. The Mac App Store will be one way to get Mac OS apps, but developers can still sell apps as they do now.

Apple plans to open the Mac App Store within 90 days from Wednesday for use on Snow Leopard.

Lion also brings the ability to use full-screen apps, a Launchpad for launching all of the apps on your Mac. Like iOS devices, it has multiple pages, you can organize app icons on the screen, and create app folders.

A Mission Control feature expands on Expose, and gives you a view of open full-screen apps, your Dock, and your desktop. It also displays app clusters that take multiple windows from the same app and puts them together.

Apple plans to release Lion in summer 2011.

We'll update the story with more details soon.

This story, "Apple previews upcoming Mac OS X Lion" was originally published by Macworld.

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