The The 10 Most Important Mac OS X Lion Features Apple Announced Today

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Apple unveiled the final version of Mac OS X Lion today, which is due to launch in July for $30 from the Mac App Store.In the demo at the WWDC keynote, Phil Schiller pointed out the 10 most important improvements to the new OS.

We gathered each of the hot new features here and explain how they work. Check it out.

Better touch gestures

Almost everything in Lion will be controllable by touch. You can use a three-finger swipe to cycle through apps, double tap to zoom, or pinch to zoom. If you're used to using iOS, this should come naturally.

Full-screen apps

Here's another feature that iPad and iPhone owners will love. Apple made it easy for developers to make their apps full screen. You can swipe through multiple full-screen apps using touch gestures. It looks good.

Mission Control

Mission control is Exposé meets Spaces. You can control all your work spaces from one easy panel. You can also activate Mission Control swiping down with three fingers.

Mac App Store will be built in

The Mac App Store will ship with the Mac App Store. Mac apps will allow for push notifications, in-app purchases, and sandboxing.

Launchpad will store your apps

Launchpad is an iOS-like hub for all the apps you download from the App Store. You can activate it by clicking the app's icon or using a four-finger pinch gesture.

Resume saves your progress

If you close an app, it will open where you last left off. All you have to do is log in to Lion and you're good to go.

Autosave documents

Lion will automatically save all your work. You can also revert to last opened or other versions of the same file.

Versions will let you look at old files

Versions gathers all your autosaved documents and lets you look at all the previous versions. It's just like Time Machine but for individual documents.

Air Drop lets you share files

Air Drop is a built-in peer-to-peer file-sharing service. All you have to do is connect to the same Wi-Fi network and drag and drop the file to the computer you want to share with. There's no additional setup required, and all your data is encrypted.

New Mail app

The new mail app looks a lot like the Mail app on the iPad. There's a two-column view with your inbox on the left and message preview on the right. It also has a conversations view, which shows you e-mails in the order you received them.

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