First previewed at 2010’s “Back to the Mac” event, Lion was released in July 2011 as a download from the Mac App Store for $29. Lion could also be purchased from Apple on a USB stick for $69. It was the first release of OS X to require a 64-bit Intel processor.
The release brought many features from iOS to the Mac for the first time, such as the Apple Push Notification Service, the ability to Auto Save documents, emoji support, FaceTime, full-screen apps and Launchpad, an easy-to-use grid of apps not unlike the iOS homescreen.
Mission Control combined Exposé and Spaces, and Lion included a wide range of Multi-touch gestures for using this and other features.
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