Apple OS X Lion available today

Apple OS X Lion will go on sale today, at the low price of £20.99.

Apple OS X Lion

The new Apple Mac operating system will be made available in the UK today.

Mac OS X Lion was announced on 6 June with more than 250 new features over its predecessor.

Apple impressed onlookers with the new pricing of OS X Lion, which will be available for just 20.99. Past versions of the Mac OS have cost around 100 more.

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Many of the new features have borrowed from Apple's mobile operating system iOS with multitouch gestures being one significant addition.

A Mission Control panel will give users a "birds-eye view" of everything they're running. This section enables users to zoom in and out of each app they are running, selecting whichever they want from different 'Spaces,' which offer a way of grouping apps and other windows together.

A Launchpad' has also been added, showing up all apps through a simple pinching motion. Within this, users can rearrange icons and create folders, just like in iOS.

Lion also features an API to let developers create full-screen apps. Apple claimed that using full-screen apps can be much more efficient than having multiple apps on-screen at once.

For a comprehensive round-up of what Apple OS X Lion offers, head over to IT Pro's need to know feature.

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The release comes a day after Apple announced a hugely impressive financial quarter, in which iPhone sales soared.

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