With the next version of the Mac OS X, called Lion, Apple is attempting to marry the best parts of the iPad with the desktop. The OS will launch in the summer of 2011, but the Mac App Store will launch in 90 days. The new OS will include multi-touch gestures (on the touchpad). And the new Mac App Store will offer one-click downloads for free and paid apps, and automatic installation. The Launchpad will be a home screen for your apps. Other features of Lion will include full-screen apps, auto-save, and auto resume.
The Mac App Store looks a lot like the app store on iOS devices, with featured apps and automatic downloads. A new dashboard looks similar to the iPad, with large icons for all your apps. You can easily move them around and create folders. Full-screen apps in Lion are immersive, and it’s easy to get back to the desktop. It looks easy to flick around.
Mission Control gives you an Expose-like view of all of your open apps, including the dock. Everything is clustered by apps, so it’s pretty well organized.