Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/02/28/mac_os_x_lion_details/

Apple fanbois leak secrets of Mac OS X Lion

Internet defies Jobsian police

By Rik Myslewski

Posted in Software, 28th February 2011 22:47 GMT

Details about Apple's upcoming Mac OS X version 10.7, code-named Lion, are flooding the web despite Cupertino's ban on such information being released by developers toying with the beta that was made available to them last Thursday.

Steve Jobs revealed few details about the OS when he announced it at a "Back to the Mac" gathering at Apple's Cupertino campus on October 20 of last year. In addition to the Mac App Store, which went live for Snow Leopard users on January 6 of this year, Job talked only about:

In addition, Mac OS X Lion's promo page on Apple's website – which notes that Lion will appear "in summer 2011" – has been updated with more information:

Now, thanks to an avalanche of non-disclosure violations published by such fanboi sites as AppleInsider and 9to5 Mac, plus a plethora of YouTube videos, we've learned more about Lion. Details that leakers have reported include:

AppleInsider also offers information from its NDA-defying sources about tweaks to the FontBook font-management app; better Migration Assitant support for newbies switching to a Mac from a Windows PC; the addition of Yahoo! Messenger as an account type in the video, voice, and text messaging app iChat; error-handling tech that allows you to choose to let a misbehaving app continue running – at least long enough for you to save your work – rather than simply crashing; iOS-style push notifications; and an assortment of other enhancements to core functions and apps.

If you'd like to get in on the "What's in Lion?" fun, you should be able to download the Lion beta from iModZone Downloads, as explained by one YouTuber. Were not saying that you should grab a bootleg, just that you can – and we assume Apple's legal team understands the distinction. ®