BY BOB HOLT
Apple introduced their new Mac OS X Lion at the annual Worldwide Developer's Conference in June, but never did confirm its actual launch date.
But it's getting closer. Reports say that Apple stores in China will be having an overnight setup for the stores Thursday night, which means something major is coming out the day after, which will be the Mac OS X Lion.
According to MIC Gadget, Apple locks up employee cellphones to prevent leaks with employees taking pictures. The date for stores to unseal their crates of product is the 14th, and only a manager is allowed to open them, at the time Apple says.
Apple says the OS X Lion has 250 new features. There are new multi-touch gestures and fluid animations, along with full screen apps, Mission Control, a redesigned Mail app, application Resume, Auto Save, and Version histories. Lion also includes iCloud services built into the software.
The new Launchpad will allow users to see their apps in a full screen layout in any order. And Air Drop can set up a wireless connection between nearby Macs to transfer files easily.
The International Business Times reports users can upgrade from Snow Leopard to Lion only on the Mac App store for $29.99.
According to Apple Insider, Apple management has held off on new Mac product introductions, such as the new MacBook Airs, until Lion was launched so they could release the new notebooks with the completed version of Lion.