Apple Launches OS X Lion

CUPERTINO, Calif. — Apple has today officially launched OS X Lion, now available via the App Store.

Priced at $29.99, OS X Lion is Apple’s next-generation operating system for the Mac platform.

The operating system brings a number of new features to the Mac, including an iOS-like application launch screen known as Launchpad, full-screen apps, a new combined interface for Dashboard, Expose, and Spaces known as Mission Control, enhanced multi-touch gestures and improvements to a number of core applications.

“Lion is the best version of OS X yet, and we’re thrilled that users around the world can download it starting today,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide product marketing.

Another resume feature allows users to close apps and reopen them where they left off, without having to start over again. When users install software, they no longer need to save their work, close apps or set everything up again.

“Lion makes upgrading a Mac easier than ever before; just launch the Mac App Store, buy Lion with your iTunes account, and the download and install process will begin automatically,” Schiller said.

OS X Lion Server is also available as a $49 add-on to the basic Lion install.