Last week, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) released the 3rd Mac OS X Lion Developer Preview (Build 11A459e) as well as the Xcode 4.1 Developer Preview 5. The last time Apple updated these were back in April, giving hope to developers and customers that any new updates would be feature packed and more stable.
Itsalltech created a large list of all of the features released to the developers in the latest updates and we can already see that we’re getting many more UI changes as well as stability updates, than the upgrade from Leopard to Snow Leopard. Here’s the list:
– New options in System Preferences>Mission Control
– There is a new animation when logging into the computer and displaying the desktop (seems buggy at this time)
– New Reminders menu in iCal
– New next desktop button in Dashboard space:
– New options when right-clicking (this appears to be buggy at this time):
– Compatibility to external displays has been improved (especially in Mission Control)
– There is now a Mission Control app
– Finders toolbar has been slightly updated:
– Desktop wallpapers have been updated (and new ones have been added);
– Reading List has been enabled in Safari:
– New changes in Mission Control: can add desktops right from Mission Control by clicking + button, close spaces from Mission Control, Mission Control no longer displaying text Desktop 1? etc., when hovering over desktop thumbnails, magnification of thumbnails are seen
– Scrollbars now change color depending on the background (black background=light scrollbar and vice versa)
Apple is expected to further discuss Mac OS X Lion in depth, come this June, during it’s annual WWDC conference held in San Francisco. Lion is pegged for a Summer release, similar to the release of Snow Leopard which arrived in late August of 2008.