Mac OS X 10.7 Lion - Everything you need to know!

With version 10.7 Lion, Apple released the last operating system called "Mac OS X" in 2011, but later sold as "OS X". The following year was OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion presented - completely without "Mac" as a prefix. Mac OS X 10.7 Lion was first presented by Apple in October 2010 during the "Back to the Mac" event, but it was not released until July 2011. The Mac App Store was chosen as the main distribution channel, but there was also a disk Distribution via USB sticks. The changes, innovations and improvements compared to the previous systems for the Mac are manifold. The last update to version 10.7.5 was in October 2012.

What's new in (Mac) OS X 10.7 Lion?

(Mac) OS X 10.7 Lion was introduced while Steve Jobs was still active, so you can see it in recordings of the presentation (see video below). But Craig Federighi, who has been completely responsible for presenting the Mac operating systems since 2011, also demonstrated a few things. Steve Jobs started with the explanation that the iPhone operating system iOS emerged from OS X, and thus ultimately also the basis for new innovations; in addition to the iPhone also on the iPad. Hence the title of the event "Back to the Mac" - the new technical and functional possibilities of mobile devices should also be usable on the computer.

The iPad features listed back then, which were supposed to be adopted for the Mac, are a matter of course in today's systems. But at that time they were new on the Apple computer: multi-touch gestures for trackpads, the App Store, the app overview (launchpad), full-screen applications, Auto Save for automatically saved work progress, etc. With the new functions and content but it should be cleaned up a bit. This was explained with the many possibilities that result from Exposé (window overview), Dashboard (widget overview), full-screen apps and spaces (multiple desks). The combination of these four technologies created "Mission Control" (formerly the F9 key, now the F3 key on Mac keyboards). 

After these first introductions, there was a demo by Craig Federighi at the event mentioned above. The first thing he showed was the Mac App Store, whose tabs were still accessible via a toolbar at the top of the window. Today there is a sidebar on the left edge of the window. Then the Launchpad was shown, the full-screen app overview that has remained the same to this day. Full-screen use of apps is also normal today, but on the Mac it was something new back then that had to be demonstrated. Mission Control was also shown last, which was definitely a great innovation for power users, with which all open windows and active desks can be kept in view.

After the demo, Steve Jobs took over again and summarized the whole thing. He also announced that the Mac App Store would not come to the Mac with Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, but rather as an update to computers running Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard. This ensured that Lion could eventually be purchased and installed from the App Store. Last but not least, it was shown that FaceTime could be used on the Mac for the first time. Not mentioned in the video embedded below, but e.g. B. at Wikipedia listed as innovations are also: AirDrop, FileVault 2, new interfaces for address book, calendar, iChat, Mail 5 and more, face recognition in Photo Booth, Overview of file versions, etc.  

More information about Mac OS X 10.7 Lion for the Apple Mac:

These Mac models are compatible with Mac OS X Lion

Upgrading to Mac OS X 10.7 Lion requires an Apple Mac with at least 7 GB of free hard disk space, at least 2 GB of RAM and Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later than the previously installed system. The Mac models required for the basic system go back to devices from the mid-2000s. However, there are some features that require newer hardware. For example, to use the AirDrop feature newly introduced with Mac OS X Lion, these Mac models are recommended:

  • MacBook Pro (Late 2008 or newer)
  • MacBook Air (Late 2010 or newer)
  • MacBook (Late 2008 or newer)
  • iMac (Early 2009 or newer)
  • Mac mini (mid 2010 or later)
  • Mac Pro (Early 2009 with AirPort Extreme Card or Mid 2010)

You can find more information on the subject and technical data about the use of the operating system, which was first presented in 2010 and published in 2011, in the official data sheet on the Apple website.

Download Mac OS X Lion and create a boot stick

You can Mac OS X Lion as a dmg file here at Apple download. This can be opened directly on the Mac on which the system is to be installed. Furthermore, the pkg file can be extracted and/or an installer can be created. We have already explained in other posts how you can use it to create a boot stick for installing a system on the Apple Mac using a USB stick. Here is a selection of articles that may help you:

Buy Apple Mac OS X 10.7 Lion Boot Stick

If you have to buy a new USB stick anyway to create the bootable storage medium with Mac OS X Lion, then the more convenient alternative would be to order a ready-made USB boot stick. One of these is currently available from Amazon for 16,99 euros, and even with Prime shipping. Here you come to the offer including the detailed product description and the reviews.

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Download Mac OS X Lion Wallpaper - Desktop Background in 5K and 6K

Apple's operating systems for the Mac are not only recognizable by the respective version number and name, but also by their unique desktop background during use. The system called Lion does not show a big cat, but a space image. Like later OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, this system shows a galaxy on its desktop by default. However, this is shown from a different perspective, so that the two systems can be distinguished at a glance. If you want to use the high-resolution Lion wallpaper on a new Mac or on a PC, it's very easy.

At 512pixels you will find all standard backgrounds from Mac OS X 10.0 Cheetah and 10.1 Puma. However, these are not pixelated screenshots of old devices, but 5K and 6K versions that look great even on the very latest high-resolution displays. Up to High Sierra there is only one image each, from Mojave onwards there is one image for the light mode and one for the dark mode. Away macOS 11 BigSur there are four images, since the transition to the new systems with photos and digitally designed graphics was heralded there. You can find the Mac wallpaper collection by 512pixels with this link.

Mac OS X Lion manuals and guides

Unfortunately, we don't have that many instructions, guides and help for older systems in stock here in the blog. After all, Sir Apfelot has only been around since 2012. For more modern Mac systems, however, you will find a whole lot of troubleshooting, tips and tricks. If you want to find out everything about retro systems and try them out down to the smallest detail, then Amazon, for example, has the right offers. You can still buy a few manuals there.

The Little Mac Book (Lion Edition)
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