Steve Jobs had unveiled Apple’s next Mac desktop operating system – Lion or Mac OS 10.7 .

The new OS proves the suspicions of many programmers of the convergence of the iOS with the Mac OSX.

A Launchpad application launcher functionality within the OS 10.7 opens up a user interface similar to an iOS device grid application layout similar to that seen on the iPad.

The other rather smart feature is Mission Control which basically stacks related open program windows together. Say, you have 10 windows open on your desktop and 3 of them are related to presentations, 2 related to games and 5 related to multimedia. Summoning Mission Control will stack the related windows together and the user has an overview of the windows currently open.

An Application store for the Mac will be available to Mac users and will pretty much cut out the middle man from the sales of their apps. The download method is similar to how an application is directly downloaded on Apple’s iOS devices.

This, I believe, is the first step in Apple’s grand plan to eventually merge the iOS and Mac OSX  to form a universal OS which follows a vertical adaptability from the i-device to the MacPro. At the end of the OS X line, the next operating system (version 11) will probably be this all encompassing,  magical and revolutionary OS. Users and tech enthusiasts will see the gradual transformation of the Mac OS and whilst most users will be happy with the overall user friendliness of the Mac OS, the enthusiast crowd may see this as the dumbing down of an elegant desktop OS.

The evolution begins.