Apple has released the latest version of its Macintosh operating system (OS), Mac OS X Lion, via its Mac App Store.
The eighth major release of the OS now offers multi-touch gestures, system-wide support for full-screen apps and Mission Control - a bird's eye view of all software running.
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The update also includes the Mac App Store built into the OS, redesigned Mail app and AirDrop, which automatically sets up peer-to-peer wireless connections with nearby Macs for easier file transferring.
Mac OS X Lion is available as a 4GByte download for Mac OS X version 10.6.6 Snow Leopard from the Mac App Store for £20.99. Mac OS X Lion Server requires Lion and is available from the Mac App Store for £34.99. The OS X Lion upgrade is available free of charge to customers who purchased Mac systems after 6 June 2011.
Lion requires an Intel-based Mac with a core 2 duo, i3, i5, i7 or Xeon processor and 2GB of RAM.
Apple unveiled Mac OS X 10.7 Lion at its Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in June 2011, revealing the update would be delivered via the Mac App Store rather than by the traditional CD-ROM.
Record financial results
Apple reported yet another record set of results for its latest financial quarter, with revenue up 82% and profit growing 125% year on year.
The company posted third quarter sales of $28.57bn (17.7bn), up from $15.7bn in the same period last year, and net profit of $7.31bn, compared with $3.25bn in 2010.
The growth came from significant sales increases in all of Apple's key products: 20.3 million iPhones, up 142%; 9.25 million iPads, up 183%; and 3.95 million Macs, up 14%.
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