Last week Apple announced that the operating system from the iPhone, iPod touch and the iPad will be coming to the Mac in the Summer of 2011. There are some very interesting ways they are going to do this. They include an App Store, Launchpad, Folders, Full-screen apps, and Mission Control. I’ll explain each of these better below and I’ve also included the full video of the announcement which includes updates to the MacBook Air and iLife.
Mac App Store
Your Mac will now have it’s own App Store helping you install new apps and keeping your old ones up to date. You’ll be able to see reviews, star ratings, organize by category, search and all the other great features that the iPhone App Store has. Apple will also be selling their own apps individually in the App Store. This way if you wanted to upgrade to the new iMovie but don’t use GarageBand you will save money by not having to buy the whole set.
Think of this like a full screen folder of you applications in icon view that also supports folders like the iPhone. You can drag them around, have multiple pages and, again, organize them into folders.
This should be pretty self explanitory. This lets apps fill the entire screen. No statusbar, toolbar, dock, clock, etc. You can also switch back and forth between apps with a quick gesture.
Think of this as Expose on steroids. This shows you everything that’s going on: Dashboard, Desktop, Full Screen Apps, Spaces, & groups of apps. Again, with just one gesture, you can open Mission Control to quickly jump somewhere else.