Apple: Mac OS X Lion launching on Wednesday

Apple: Mac OS X Lion launching on Wednesday

Summary: Apple got official with the launch date for Lion, the next version of Mac OS X. It will be available tomorrow.

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Apple got official with the launch date for Lion, the next version of Mac OS X. It will be available tomorrow.

Speaking during the company's quarterly conference call on Tuesday, Apple senior vice president and CFO Peter Oppenheimer revealed that Lion would be released on Wednesday, July 19.

See also: Apple Q3 a blowout: 20.34 million iPhones; 9.25 million iPads

There have been rumors, almost on a daily basis, about when Lion would finally be released. The most hyped report was that Lion would go on sale last week as rumors swirled that Apple Stores were planning "overnights" with the launch of both Lion and a new MacBook Air expected for either July 14 or 15.

Well, at least for Lion, that story was off by about one week.

Don't forget that the only other way to obtain the new version of Mac OS X is not by buying it in a brick-and-mortar store but rather by downloading it from the Mac App Store. It will be priced at $29.99, and Mac users will need to have the most recent version of Snow Leopard installed on their computers first before upgrading to Lion.

Lion was first introduced during the fall of 2010, but it was showcased in detail during WWDC 2011 in June. The advanced operating system is touted to sport over 250 new features, including multi-touch gestures on track pads, full screen viewing in Safari and other programs, and a significant revamp for Apple Mail. Additionally, Lion is taking on look similar to iOS, signaling Apple's shift to almost unite the operating systems - at least in design and functionality.

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  • RE: Apple: Mac OS X Lion launching on Wednesday

    Wednesday 20th, not 19th. That's today :)
    alexsaiz82
    • RE: Apple: Mac OS X Lion launching on Wednesday

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  • RE: Apple: Mac OS X Lion launching on Wednesday

    Screenshots? ;D
    Imrhien
  • RE: Apple: Mac OS X Lion launching on Wednesday

    Can't wait.
    maskman01
  • RE: Apple: Mac OS X Lion launching on Wednesday

    Does anyone know what time
    zevik grim
  • RE: Apple: Mac OS X Lion launching on Wednesday

    I don't particularly care about Lion itself, but I sure as hell hope there's some new MBA hardware tomorrow.
    Playdrv4me
    • RE: Apple: Mac OS X Lion launching on Wednesday

      @Playdrv4me
      Lion will finally support OpenGL 3.2, so you will be able to utilise some hwd on your GPU that till now was idlling.

      I mean, Apple sold gpu's to its customers without ability to fully utilize them :), (no support for DX10 & 11 level of hwd, Lion will add most of DX10).
      przemoli
  • Lion or?

    Lion or sprint car racing? Lion or sprint car racing? Lion or sprint car racing?

    Sprint car racing.
    People
  • RE: Apple: Mac OS X Lion launching on Wednesday

    I think I'll wait to update for a few days and see what happens to others. Let somebody else be the guinea pig this time.
    BillDem
    • RE: Apple: Mac OS X Lion launching on Wednesday

      @BillDem

      That is always my philosophy. I eagerly await Lion but I am prepared to wait a week or two. I'd rather be a settler than a pioneer :-)
      Wakemewhentrollsgone
    • RE: Apple: Mac OS X Lion launching on Wednesday

      @BillDem Waiting more than a few days, initial reports will glow of course.
      rtk
  • Hope it works with all my apps,

    right down to Adobe Creative Suite 5.5...
    HypnoToad72
    • RE: Apple: Mac OS X Lion launching on Wednesday

      @HypnoToad72
      Apps that where relaying on Roseta-emulation-layer will no longer work.
      przemoli
  • Well, this is clearly more fun than a ferret

    In one's pants. Clearly the Apple haters of zdnet (from blogger to poster) will be first in line to get (download?) a copy so they can get their daily Jobs induced aneurysm. Me, I'll probably tootle along to Covent Garden to have a peek at it. Why? Mainly so I can point and laugh at my local neighbourhood chapter of the guild of chair throwing assassins.
    ego.sum.stig
  • RE: Apple: Mac OS X Lion launching on Wednesday

    Sounds like a busy day. Create a disk image of my current system, burn a DVD and give it a whirl. Fortunately I have never had an issue with OS X updates, even if others might have. The real question is what older apps will I end up replacing?
    Rick_K
  • I hope...

    that it is better optimised than Snow Leopard. My iMac has ground to a halt since upgrading. Even 2 clean installs haven't helped get it back up to Tiger and Leopard speeds...
    wright_is
  • RE: Apple: Mac OS X Lion launching on Wednesday

    Find it really peppy compared to Snow Leopard. I was surprised since the minimum requirements for RAM is 2 GB and that is what I'm using.
    maskman01
  • RE: Apple: Mac OS X Lion launching on Wednesday

    It includes over 250 new features that will transform how you interact with your Mac. <a href="http://www.methodicalcode.com/java-programmer">java programmers</a>
    AllenRuth