Well… Ok, it’s actually here…. That’s right, after what seems like months (really only weeks) of waiting, OS X Lion has just hit the download shelves of the Mac App Store!
OS X Lion boasts 250 new features, never before seen in any previous OS X version. Some of the main features include the LaunchPad, where iPad users will feel at home. Many new multi-touch gestures, the new file sharing technology called AirDrop – and many many more!
The download will cost a measly £25, and should be around 3.5GB. However, for those of you who would prefer assistance with your OS X upgrade, or who’s internet has download limits/is too slow you can (apparently) also visit your local Apple store and have then assist with the download/install. You may want to check with your local store first of all before packing up your things and heading over there
Using this link you should be whisked over to the Mac App Store, where you should find OS X Lion listed to buy/download.
Apple’s online Store has just been taken offline, and replaced with the message seen above. Many believe the store has been taken offline in preparation for the latest MacBook refresh, perhaps it’s for more OS X Lion product details/images? Hopefully it’s both!
One things for sure, blog writers the world over will be frantically tapping their refresh keys waiting for it to come back online!
With the impending arrival of OS X Lion (set to arrive for download in the Mac AppStore around 13:00 GMT 20th July 2011) you may want to grab yourself a copy of the Snow Leopard Migration Assistant. This update to the current Migration Assistant has been released to address current issues with the assistant when migrating your data to the latest version of OS X, Lion.
The migration assistant is a small download weighing in at only 714KB, and will be imperative for all of you OS X users wanting to migrate rather then start from fresh once your hefty 3+GB download of Lion completes tomorrow afternoon.
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With Apple being secretive about the release date there’s been endless amounts of speculation on the normal sites around the Lion release date. Today’s roomers however are looking quite likely to be true. The mid July release date seemed to come and go with no release in site.
Now the Apple ‘Whispers’ are starting to believe the release date will be the 22nd of July. The 22nd is a Friday, which figures as history states all OS X releases have been on a Friday. ]
From as early as 2002, Jaguar was released on the 23rd of August, followed by Panther arriving on the 24th of October in 2003, following suit Tiger hit the shops on the 29th of April 2005. 2 years later Leopard hit the shops on the 26th of October 2007, and finally Snow Leopard hit the shelves on the 28th of August 2009. All of which have been a Friday release.
Now with Apple store staff being advised holidays are not allowed on Friday the 22nd, it would make perfect sense for the latest release to hit the App Store.
So, prior to my upgrade to OS X 10.7 all of my OS related hacks where done using third party tools such as Secrets Prefpane. However, I have decided to try and avoid third party apps as much as possible, and actually try and keep my Lion install as slim as possible. Although this article was originally written for OS X Lion, the command has been tested and proved to work in Mountain Lion as well
So here’s my first of what will soon be many OS X terminal commands to do what the third party apps do, without the bloat/overhead.
To enable hidden files/folders in finder windows:
- Open Finder
- Open the Utilities folder
- Open a terminal window
- Copy and paste the following line in:
defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles YES
- Press return
- Now hold ‘alt’ on the keyboard and right click on the Finder icon
- Click on Relaunch
defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles NO