Apple previews Mac OS X Lion for devs

Apple has released a developers preview of Mac OS X Lion. The upcoming version of Cupertino’s flagship operating system offers popular elements of iOS in a more traditional desktop setting.

Indeed, Lion boasts a number of new features, including Mission Control, a “fresh” view of running processes; Launchpad, a home for apps; full screen apps that use the entire Mac display; and new multi-touch gestures.

”The iPad has inspired a new generation of innovative features in Lion,” explained senior Apple VP Philip Schiller.

“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.”

Additional OS X Lion features include:

  • Optimized Mail – Offers a widescreen layout, automatically groups related messages into one easy to read timeline; more powerful search; and support for Microsoft Exchange 2010.
  • AirDrop – A simple way to copy files wirelessly from one Mac to another with no setup.
Versions – Automatically saves successive versions of your document as you create it, and gives you an easy way to browse, edit and even revert to previous versions. 

  • Resume – Conveniently brings apps back exactly how you left them when you restart your Mac or quit and relaunch an app.
Auto Save – Automatically saves your documents as you work.
  • FileVault – Provides high performance full disk encryption for local and external drives, and the ability to wipe data from your Mac instantaneously.

  • Mac OS X Lion Server – Makes setting up a server easier than ever and adds support for managing Mac OS X Lion, iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices.