Mac OS X Lion Available for download From the Mac App Store

Apple announced today, the long awaited update to the Mac OS X operating system, Lion. Lion requires an Intel-based Mac with a Core 2 Duo, i3, i5, i7 or Xeon processor and 2GB of RAM.

Some of the amazing features in Lion include:
  • new Multi-Touch gestures
  • system-wide support for full screen apps
  • Mission Control
  • an innovative view of everything running on your Mac
  • the Mac App Store
  • the best place to find and explore great software
  • built right into the OS
  • Launchpad
  • a new home for all your apps
  • a completely redesigned Mail app
Additional new features in Lion include:
  • Resume, which conveniently brings your apps back exactly how you left them when you restart your Mac or quit and relaunch an app;
  • Auto Save, which automatically and continuously saves your documents as you work;
  • Versions, which automatically records the history of your document as you create it, and gives you an easy way to browse, revert and even copy and paste from previous versions; and
  • AirDrop, which finds nearby Macs and automatically sets up a peer-to-peer wireless connection to make transferring files quick and easy.

Mac OS X Lion will be available from the Mac App Store for $29.99. It will be a 4GB download (about the size of a HD movie from the iTunes Store). In August, the Lion update will be made available from the Apple Store on a USB thumb drive for $69.