Apple has had tech industry followers buzzing about iCloud since Tuesday's announcement of its upcoming unveiling. Now there is speculation that the new version of Mac OS X could have some cloud-friendly freebies tied to it.
Lion, the eighth and latest version of Mac OS X named after big cats that was first announced last October, will be officially introduced in full form by CEO Steve Jobs at WWDC 2011 this Monday, June 6th. Not much is known about the next installment of this operating system, except that the Mac App Store is going to play a much bigger role and it's going to look a lot more like iOS than previous Mac OS versions.
Another prediction is that Lion will feature some integrated iCloud features, which makes sense considering both products are being announced at the same time and it would be nice if they played nice together.
Apple Insider reports (based on unnamed sources) that "all Mac owners who run the latest version of the OS X operating system, Lion, will also receive at least some of the services from iCloud for free."
Actually, theories are all over the board about what pricing for iCloud could be considering we still don't know how much it will replace MobileMe - hopefully altogether. Apple has been known to rename products in the past. (The easiest example would be the iBook evolving into the MacBook when the MacBook got bumped up to MacBook Pro.)
The feature that wouldn't be handed out for free to Lion buyers would be cloud-based music streaming, which would also seem likely considering Apple is going to want to fight hard in that arena given the growing competition from Amazon, Google, Sony and many others.
The questions and more will be answered on Monday. At this point, we should also hope that Apple sticks a competitive (and possibly sub-$50) price tag on the Lion upgrade.
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