When Steve announced Mac OS X Lion, there was a lot of talk from the community. Unfortunately, some of the features got the shaft because of all the hubbub around the Mac App Store. It’s understandable, but unfortunate at the same time. Applications on the Mac could be seeing a big shift in the next year, and we’re not discussing it.

These features will change the way we operate:

  • Fullscreen apps
  • Auto-save
  • Auto-resume

Yes, the dedicated Mac App Store makes a difference in distribution, but these features will drastically influence the way Mac apps are designed from here on out. The concept of auto-save and auto-resume is a completely different paradigm than what we’re used to on the desktop. It no longer matters when we close an app. For most purposes, it’s like every app is left open without the taking a hit on your CPU. Also, making your desktop modal with fullscreen apps will make a substantial difference for those of us with attention impairment. We will actually be able to accomplish tasks, and that is nothing less than substantial.

What do you think of the changes that are coming for us as Mac users? Are you looking forward to 10.7? Let me know by dropping a comment below this post.

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