Mac OS X Lion 10.7 Video Preview & Feature Walkthrough

Mar 16, 2011 - 9 Comments

Haven’t had a chance to play around with Mac OS X Lion yet? Check out this 16 minute video walkthrough, it provides a nice look at the current 10.7 developer preview. It goes through the major changes and features, and gives a good overview of the next Mac OS X.

Want to run it yourself? Check out our guide to install Mac OS X 10.7 on a separate partition and dual boot with 10.6, it’s the best way to try out Lion without messing with your stable Snow Leopard installation.

Anyone can install and run the developer preview, but you must sign up to be a Mac developer first, which costs $99. If you don’t want to use the aforementioned partitioning method, you can also run Lion in VMWare but it’s not nearly as speedy as a native boot.

If you don’t want to bother with developer previews and beta software, Mac OS X 10.7 Lion is scheduled for a summer 2011 release. Most speculation puts the Lion launch alongside iPhone 5 at WWDC 2011, which could be June 5, making for a very busy summer for Apple.

This video was found via MacRumors. Many of the Lion videos are being pulled from YouTube so don’t be surprised if this one disappears too.


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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Mac OS


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  1. maureen da silva says:

    Very helpful – many thanks. It was a good “free tutorial” for spaces.

  2. James says:

    I am a huge Mac geek, so I hope I am wrong. But from this video, Lion looks like the first complete “flop” from Apple in a long time. I think I’ll be sticking with Snow Leopard as long as possible.

    Those of you beta testing it probably have a better idea… Lion or Snow Leopard?

  3. icebreaker says:

    Looks nice to use on a laptop but on a desktop not so much, shure you have the trackpad now but I like to use a normal mouse instead. Also I am not going to switch between the two everytime. If they made a normal wired keyboard and then instead of the number pad you would have a trackpad, that would be great.

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  5. Alberto says:

    this video brought me seasick … I want to puke now! : D

  6. zaphod says:

    Some things are interesting, but overall I think a lot of the UI changes are fluff. Hope there are bigger changes under the hood.

  7. Joseph says:

    Some things I noticed is the ability to four finger swipe between spaces, though you lose the ability to swipe up to get to your dektop. Also you can change each individual space’s desktop background. You can easily go back and forth in safari with two finger swipes, I quit liked that a lot. Don’t expect much use from launchpad, it always crashed if I didn’t make a folder the right way, and if you get rid of you app the icon would still show up with a question mark. Lastly I saw a major improvement with bootups, I dunno if anyone else has noticed that with an SSD on Lion yet.

    Anyway it’s pretty stable for what it is, just don’t expect something half finished to be awesome. There’s just some niceties here and there :)

  8. Starbuck says:

    Lion DP is very usable for fulltime, I never have crashes

  9. Anthony says:

    Remember that features will evolve and be refined as the public release nears, I wouldn’t be surprised if a fair amount of this is changed come summer. I’m still wishing for that legendary marble UI option too.

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