Mac OS X 10.7 Lion’s secrets

Cyber Monday E. Werner Reschke writes for Three Guys And A Podcast (T-GAAP), “When Steve Jobs introduced us to Lion (OS X 10.7) back in October, there were a few items that were certainly interesting to note:”

• App Store was a Lion Feature but will be available four-five months before Lion is released
• Lion is a move away from the Finder
• Lion is a move away from the Dock
• Lion will make files, not apps, cloud-centric

Reschke writes, “Steve said he only had a limited amount of time to share with us some key features. What I think that really meant is he wasn’t quite ready to reveal the massive change (and improvements) Lion will bring to our computing lives. Lion will be the next giant step away from computing as we have known it for the past 25 years.”

Full article, with explanations of the four bullet points above, here.


  1. um no

    WHY THE HELL!! WOULD I DOWNLOAD A FILE EVERY TIME I WANT TO USE IT!!!!!!!!@!! (and programs (incase you did not notice) are also files)

    If you don’t want finder get an ipad

    And launch pad is essentially a full screen dock

  2. Dose not say you’ll download every time. I see this much more like IMAP cloud services. You’ll just have your files “everywhere.” No need to move them around all the time.

    Bring on Lion!

  3. I don’t necessarily want my files cloud-centric. If I’m on a train or a plane, and I want to pull out my laptop and work, I want to be able to have a local copy that I can load straight into my app. Now, having a backup saved in the cloud is a different matter, but there just isn’t enough access to the cloud to make an OS dependent on it.

  4. Abandoning the desktop file paradigm would be a HUGE mistake. I don’t mind Apple attempting to create optional shells/programs (iphoto, mail, launchpad, etc), on top of Finder that make it easier to organize files and find information. But to abandon finder entirely, and force an ipadesque interface on a full fledged computer would be a major mistake. Hopefully Apple is smarter than that…

  5. I agree with Steve above. Files will be similar to IMAP. No need to download, everything will stay in sync much like iCal, Address Book, Mail, etc. Look how iTunes and iPhoto works. You want a song or a photo? You don’t open it in the Finder, you open the app. No need for Finder, at least the current iteration.

  6. @m159

    I’m throwing rocks at the guy who wrote this article not lion, lion sounds really cool (except for the zoom button, that sounds windowzish)

    thank you for correcting me steve. When see cloud I usually think of the nightmare that is what google proposes as the future of computing, which only works when your tethered to a 6 foot cable. From what I’v seen of apple’s clouds I think they could pull it off in an insane way that “just works” even if your in the middle of a desert in africa ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

  7. @MacDust

    Not all apps work like that, though. Sure, if I want to listen to music or look at photos, it works like that, but if I want to open a doc, I’ll usually go to the file. And particularly for storage space management, if I need to clear out some space on my hard drive, I’ll take files and move them to an external hard drive (or a flash drive or SD card) and then when I want to open a file, I’ll open the file itself, not the app, and then try and navigate my way to the file. For those of us who still value the ability to work on files offline if need be, moving to 100% cloud computing would be a disaster.

  8. I think we should all just wait to use Lion and see how it actually will work. Steve Jobs isn’t known for making his OS user-unfriendly that is his friend Bill Gates job.. or atleast was and now Ballmer has taken over that.

  9. Anybody that thinks that Apple intends that you have to download a file everytime you want to use it is dumber than a doorknob.

    And anybody really feels that working exclusively in a cloud is the way of the future is even dumber.

  10. The “cloud” is such an F’d out term already. I’m sick of hearing the phrase “cloud computing”.

    Isn’t that just a stupid name for having your files on remote, and most likely, redundant servers?

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