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Mac fans are anxiously awaiting the unveiling of Apple’s latest product: the Mac OS X Lion Server. Here’s a brief sketch of what we know so far about Apple’s so-called “server for everyone.”
What is “Lion Server?”
Lion Server is separate from the operating system. If you’re a student with just a Macbook, it’s probably not something you’ll want to look into. If you’ve got several Macs and other Apple products (iPads, iPhones, etc.), you may want to do some research. Use Lion server to easily share files, email, calendars, contacts, Time Machine, etc. Basically, it’s a unified way to manage all of your Apple products.
How Much Will it Cost?
Mac OS X 10.7 (or Lion) will set you back around $30 at the App Store. Lion Server, priced as an add-on to the operating system, will run around $50. This should come as a shock to most Apple users used to paying $500 for previous servers.
Throw Away Your USB Cables…
…because iPad untethering is finally here. Wirelessly sync your iProducts with your computer through Lion Server.
Never Miss Another Appointment
No more comparing schedules with your spouse. Lion makes iCal easily shareable with your family members, so you can share to-do lists, events, or reminders. Two reminders about the upcoming cable bill are better than one, eh?
Overall, casual Mac users may want to hold off on Lion Server. Apple-loving families and diehard Mac users should definitely consider making the investment, especially considering the lower price tag and simple management process. Mac Lion Server will be available at the Mac App Store in July 2011.