The newest version of Apple’s desktop and laptop operating system, Mac OS X, was released today, as version 10.7–better known as Lion. It’s a major overhaul for OS X, blending elements of Apple’s mobile iOS operating system and moving the design further away from the cutesy, bubbly visage of its past. But beyond the talk of modal interfaces and the rise of mobile are a whole bunch of new features that are flat-out futuristic–cloud-based downloads, ad-hoc sharing, new uses for multitouch, and more. Here are our five favorite forward-looking features in Mac OS X Lion.
No More Install Discs
Multitouch: Way More Multi Than Before
Never Lose a Document Again
Beam Files to Other Computers, Even Without Wi-Fi
The Future Is…Simple