Product: Lion, OS X 10.7
9/27/2011 By: Carol S. Holzberg
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Apple released its new Mac operating
system (OS X 10.7) last July, integrating
features previously available only in the
company’s mobile iOS operating system.
Named Lion, this OS emerged as a digital
download from the App Store and is now
available on a thumb drive.
Quality and Effectiveness: Schools
with early Intel-based Macs equipped with
Core Solo or Core Duo processors cannot
transition to Lion. OS X 10.7 requires a
64-bit Intel Core 2 Duo, Core i3, Core i5,
Core i7, or Xeon processor to run. RAM
requirements for the new OS are set at
2 GB, but you’ll notice speed improvements with 4 GB or
more. Schools running older applications will lose access to
this software if they upgrade to Lion.
Ease of Use: To install the new operating system, you
must first upgrade the target computer to Snow Leopard
10.6.6 (OS X 10.6.8 recommended), then visit the App
store to purchase and download your copy of OS X 10.7.1.
If Lion finds any known incompatible applications during
installation, it moves them to a folder named “Incompatible
Software” also at the root level of the hard drive. After
installation, if you try to run one of them, Lion will prevent
it from opening and pop up a dialog box telling you the
software is incompatible.
Lion makes it easy for users to begin where they left off
when quitting or relaunching applications, or restarting the
computer. With Lion, you can run applications directly from
the Dock, the Applications folder on the Dock, or from the
new Launchpad resembling the interface used to launch
applications on the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. After
exploring Finder View Options and Preferences and Lion
System Preferences, you’ll discover that Lion can easily be
customized. Some tweaks, however, are not that obvious.
Another difference between Snow Leopard and Lion is that
OS X 10.7.1 hides a User’s Library folder to safeguard its
contents and ensure that nothing is trashed inadvertently.
Creative Use of Technology: Apple Lion boasts more
than 250 new features, but schools will have to assess
whether or not those features have a positive impact on
teaching, learning, and administrative computing. The new
OS can be tweaked to suit your computing needs.
Suitability for Use in a School Environment; Lion
offers much that educators will find appealing. For users of
VoiceOver screen access and text-to-speech reading, OS X
Lion offers built-in support for 22 languages with options to
download additional languages and alternative voices for
other variations of English. An AutoSave feature is available
for applications developed to take advantage of it.
There is much to appreciate in this new version of the
Mac operating system. This version of the OS is very
user friendly, providing one-click access to all your
files, a way to save files and documents automatically,
plus new applications like Launchpad for easy access
to installed programs. If your computers meet the
system requirements, upgrading to Lion is strongly
• Lion’s new interface supports taps,
swipes, pinches, and multi-touch
gestures similar to those on an iPad,
iPhone, or iPod Touch.
• Enhanced support for VoiceOver
technology makes content on a
Macintosh more accessible to the
physically and visually challenged and
to those users who need text-to-speech.
• Automatic file saving and resume
features safeguard valuable data.