Mac OS X Lion update priced at $29.99

Apple's long awaited Mac OS X update, Mac OS X Lion, will be available in July for $29.99.

The eighth major release of the Mac OS X platform includes more than 250 new features, the most notable of which are Multi-Touch gestures, full screen apps, Mission Control, Launchpad, and a brand new Mail application.

Mac OS X Lion draws heavily on the interactive touchscreen user interface found on Apple’s iPhone and iPad iOS platform.

New Multi-Touch gestures in Lion enable users to control applications with a flick of a finger while Launchpad provides users with an iOS-like app view for one-click app launching.

Additional features include Auto Save; AirDrop for peer-to-peer wireless file transfers; Resume, which "brings your apps back exactly how you left them when you restart your Mac or quit and relaunch an app;" and Versions which keeps an automatic history of your document as you create it.

Speaking during the opening keynote at Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in the US, Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing revealed that, "The Mac has outpaced the PC industry every quarter for five years running and with OS X Lion we plan to keep extending our lead."

The operating system update will only be available as a download from Apple's new Mac App Store.

For a rundown on the top Mac OS X Lion features previewed during WWDC watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tq2enQYTrbU

Watch Apple's entire WWDC keynote presentation here: http://events.apple.com.edgesuite.net/11piubpwiqubf06/event/

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