Apple’s mighty Mac OS X Lion: The 7-minute preview

“Anyone who downloaded the first developer release of OS X Lion from Apple last week had presumably signed a nondisclosure agreement promising not to breath a word of it (unless it was something Apple had already revealed on its website, its press release, or the demo Steve Jobs and Craig Federighi gave last September),” Philip Elmer-DeWitt reports for Fortune.

“While the company can be brutal about enforcing NDAs, this one has been broken pretty brazenly,” P.E.D. reports. “Screenshots and videos of Lion in action are popping up all over the net (and, in some cases, being removed under threat of legal action).”

P.E.D. reports, “Of all the videos we’ve seen, the hands-on preview posted Monday by Engadget’s Nilay Patel offers the quickest and broadest overview.”

Full article, with an “iOS-unfriendly vodpod version” of the video, here.

Engadget’s article and video are here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews readers too numerous to mention individually for the heads up.]


  1. All of these NDA-breakers realize they’re giving Apple’s copycat competitors a leg up on trying to emulate these new features, right? Might make some of them think twice before breaking their word.

  2. I don’t have a copy of Lion but in reading all the posts in MacRumors thread about it and what has been posted on Appleinsider and 9to5Mac, I am super psyched. This has to be the biggest upgrade of OS X ever!

    Some of my favorite features not really played up by Apple:
    – A truly useable, kickass column view in Finder!
    – The ability to log-in to a remote Mac while someone else is using it without disturbing their session.
    – iOS-style autospell correction.
    – The choice to allow an app to crash (when it’s about to) or to cancel the crash (yes, truthfully!) and save data in an unstable state.
    – As a corollary, some Apps will save data automatically whether the app is quit by the user or crashes (separate from the autosave feature and the one I detailed above).
    – Remote uninstall of apps.
    – Much improved print dialogs and functionality in general.
    – The ability to give each space it’s own desktop picture.
    – The kickass metadata and previews that you can now see in FontBook.
    – Automator now lets you step through workflows to analyze each step (similar to what you can do in XCode).
    – Full disk encryption.
    – TextEdit has finally come of age with a real toolbar!!!
    – Quicklook previews of Spotlight search results.
    – The icon for “All My Files” (which replaces “username’s Mac” in the Finder) is a file cabinet full of files – the writing on the top of the files that are visible are all Steve Jobs quotes (and the “Here’s to the great ones commercial). Sweeeet!!!

  3. After using it for a few days, Lion is feeling like the one release of Mac OS X that might be worth skipping. After the polish of Snow Leopard, Lion just feels clunky and horrible by comparison… so much is wrong with their UI changes that I just can’t imagine how they’ll fix it before release time.

  4. I’m sure glad that the only complaint is about the desktop picture. Trivial, especially since you can put anything you’d like in place of it easily.

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