Mac OS X Lion 010OS X Lion is now available to download from the Mac App Store. Originally announced earlier this year, and then detailed a few months ago along with iOS 5, the next generation of Apple’s OS X operating system brings over 200 new features to the table.

“Lion is the best version of OS X yet, and we’re thrilled that users around the world can download it starting today,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “Lion makes upgrading a Mac easier than ever before; just launch the Mac App Store, buy Lion with your iTunes account, and the download and install process will begin automatically.”

Additional new features in Lion include:

  • Resume, which conveniently brings your apps back exactly how you left them when you restart your Mac or quit and relaunch an app;
  • Auto Save, which automatically and continuously saves your documents as you work;
  • Versions, which automatically records the history of your document as you create it, and gives you an easy way to browse, revert and even copy and paste from previous versions; and
  • AirDrop, which finds nearby Macs and automatically sets up a peer-to-peer wireless connection to make transferring files quick and easy.

Lion is available now as an upgrade to Mac OS X version 10.6.6 Snow Leopard for $29.99 US. In August the OS will be available in Apple Stores on a USB thumb drive for $69 US.

If you purchased a Mac after June 6, 2011 you can download the OS update for free by requesting an up-to-date upgrade from Apple.