In Pictures: Mac OS X's 9 lives

In 21 years, Apple's reinvented Mac OS has pushed computing in vibrant new directions. Now a new version is imminent

Mac OS X Lion (10.7)

Reign: July 2011-July 2012

Key new capabilities: Integration of iOS gestures, auto-save and versioning capabilities for documents, Launchpad and Mission Control navigation views, iCloud syncing, zero-configuration file sharing via Wi-Fi (AirDrop), conversion of Mac OS X Server into an add-on application, FileVault whole-disk encryption, auto-hiding scroll bars, adoption of ASLR (address space layout randomization) boot security, adoption of Apple Push Notification Service, full-screen apps, Mac App Store, Recovery System, and discontinuation of PowerPC support (Rosetta) and of physical OS X installation media

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