Mac OS X Lion is finally available and users now have access to a number of new features that make it one of the most powerful Apple operating systems to date. As a result, many consumers may want to consider making DRAM updates in light of a few of Mac OS X Lion's most performance-intensive capabilities.
New features in Mac OS X Lion
According to Apple's website, Mac OS X Lion features approximately 250 new features that will help users get the most out of their computers. However, a few of those features are especially noteworthy for a variety of reasons.
One of the most important new features in Mac OS X Lion is a dramatic change of pace for Apple computers, and that is full-screen applications. Applications began as smaller software programs designed primarily for mobile computers and other devices operating in the cloud. However, applications became so popular and cloud computing allowed them to become so powerful that many developers quickly began releasing more powerful applications that are relevant for PC users. Apple has been on the forefront of this movement, and quickly began moving its application store to its PC operating systems. However, many of these applications were still optimized for mobile devices and lacked the resolutions and other display capabilities to operate in full-screen mode on PCs. Mac OS X Lion changes this, and it provides the foundational systems necessary to display applications in a full-screen format.
"OS X Lion offers system-wide support for gorgeous, full-screen apps that use every inch of your Mac display. You can have multiple full-screen apps open at once - along with multiple standard-size apps. And it’s easy to switch between full-screen and desktop views," according to Apple's site.
Mission Control is another key feature in Mac OS X Lion. For many users, the desktop quickly becomes a jumble of running applications, Spaces, Dashboard functions and Expose features. With Mission Control, users can quickly zoom out at any time and get a broad perspective on their desktop. Instead of having to minimize one program and find the one you want to access, you can simply use your trackpad to zoom out to Mission Control and access all of your applications conveniently.
Resume is another key feature in Mac OS X Lion, as it represents a major advance in how users access applications. Typically, programs save a user's progress at specific points, then use a home menu to let them load their progress when they open the program. With Mac OS X Lion, users can simply resume their application progress from the spot from which they left off when they reopen the software system. Resume tracks where you are in an application so that when you close it, it knows to start up exactly where you were when you left off.
What these features mean in terms of DRAM
There are two primary ways that Mac OS X Lion's various new features will impact DRAM use. The first is that many of these capabilities give users more power to either run more programs simultaneously or maintain basic data about application activity after software has been closed. Both of these attributes may make it easier for users to quickly fill their DRAM with data, causing performance to deteriorate quickly. These features also put an emphasis on powerful multimedia functions, supporting many high-performance capabilities. As a result, upgrading to high-capacity DRAM with at least 8GB of storage may be necessary to support the full functionality of Mac OS X Lion.
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