After weeks of anticipation, Mac OS X Lion, Apple’s latest and most advanced operating system, is now available for download, directly from the Mac App Store.

With over 250 new features, but most importantly a price tag of only $29.99, Lion is sure to be a hit. At 3.5 GB, this isn’t your typical download, either. I’ve been downloading it for a while, and the progress bar has barely moved so far…

You can download Lion from here. And while you’re downloading, you may want to read the Mac App Store description of Lion:

Multi-Touch gestures
• Fluid and realistic animations make gestures feel natural and direct.
• Tap or pinch to zoom in on text and images.
• Swipe left or right to move from one page to another in an app or switch from one full-screen app to another.
• Swipe up to enter Mission Control.
• Pinch to access Launchpad.

Full-screen apps
• A new full-screen button takes an app window full screen.
• Run multiple full-screen apps at the same time.
• Switch between full-screen apps and your desktop with a gesture.
• Apps stay full screen when you switch to another app.
• OS X Lion includes full-screen Mail, Safari, Preview, iCal, FaceTime, Dashboard, Screen Sharing, and Photo Booth.

Mission Control
• Brings together Exposé, full-screen apps, Dashboard, and desktop spaces.
• Gives you a bird’s-eye view of everything running on your Mac, allowing you to navigate anywhere with a click.
• Exposé view shows all open windows on your desktop grouped by application.
• Create and organize desktop spaces in Mission Control.

Launchpad
• A new home for all the apps on your Mac.
• Apps downloaded from the Mac App Store automatically appear in Launchpad.
• Launchpad automatically adds pages to accommodate all your apps.
• Apps can be organized on multiple pages and grouped in folders.

Mail
• The widescreen layout displays the message list and selected email side by side in full-height columns.
• The favorites bar gives you one-click access to your favorite mail folders.
• Search suggestions dynamically present the best matches for your search.
• Search tokens help refine search results based on people, subjects, mailboxes, dates, and attachments.
• Conversations automatically groups related messages, displaying them in chronological order and hiding repetitive quoted text.

Other great Lion features
• Auto Save automatically saves your changes as you go, so you never have to worry about losing your work.
• Versions keeps a history of your document as you work and presents it in a timeline you can browse.
• Resume reopens an app exactly as you left it.
• AirDrop is the simplest way to send files to anyone around you, wirelessly — no setup or special settings required.
• Reading List in Safari lets you easily save web pages to read or browse later.

Some features require an Apple ID and/or compatible Internet access; additional fees and terms apply.

Some features require apps developed to work with Lion.

Gestures require a Multi-Touch trackpad or Magic Mouse (some gestures are not available on Magic Mouse).

AirDrop is supported on the following Mac models: 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 newer), Mac Pro (early 2009 with AirPort Extreme card and mid 2010 or newer).

Have you downloaded it yet? Let us know what you think!

  • Josiah Nash (Aesomness)

    I have enough money in my account and it says I dont, it wont let me download.

  • Josh lee

    Just finished downloading it. It took almost an hour on the new MacBook pro but it was well worth it.

  • iPwn

    I’ve been running the GM and it’s awesome can’t wait for the official version the GM has some 5 GHz wifi issues

  • MattGod

    Does anyone know if there is a family pack available, or if it comes with a certain amount of licenses?

    • William

      no family pack, but you may install on up to 10 machines, at least that’s what Philip Schiller said, lol.

  • ByteNapple

    Only one license from Mac App Store and it has to be removed from your Mac and the old OS has to be installed if you ever sell the computer according the the legal section.

  • William

    I really hate this “Mac AppStore only” thing. I wanna do a clean install, NOT upgrade, & I NEVER do upgrade install for new OS.

  • Mike

    It’s pretty interesting how it feels like I’ve been doing scrolling wrong this whole time.

  • MattGod

    No airdrop for me…missed the cut by 6 months, early 2008 macbook not late 2008 macbook. thanks fine print

  • ic0edx

    Can anyone confirm if TinyUmbrella works on Lion?

  • lalubhy@gmail.com

    does this prosses earse you HD and how many macs can you download it on plz ans

  • Mike

    doesn’t erase your HD. Thats all i know.