MacOS and iOS Converge: Screenshot and Feature Tour of Mac OS 10.7 Lion

Lifehacker.com has a nice set of screenshots and feature listings from MacOS 10.7 Lion available here. Mission Control, which combines Dashboard and Spaces functionality, sounds like the feature that I would most look forward to using. There also seems to be many converging features between MacOS X and iOS including new touch gestures that mirror iPod Touch/iPhone/iPad gestures. This may take getting used to, because we have learned to do things on MacOS X that mirror the older mechanical features of mice scroll wheels, for example. However, learning new interfaces is good for the brain. Also, I wonder how much longer until Macs have touch interfaces. I believe that it is only a matter of time.

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Jason W. Ellis

I am an Associate Professor of English at the New York City College of Technology, CUNY whose teaching includes composition and technical communication, and research focuses on science fiction, neuroscience, and digital technology. Also, I direct the B.S. in Professional and Technical Writing Program and coordinate the City Tech Science Fiction Collection, which holds more than 600 linear feet of magazines, anthologies, novels, and research publications.