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  • Mac OS X Lion Golden Master Candidate Soon to be Released


    When Apple first previewed Mac OS X Lion last October at their "Back to Mac" media event, the planned release date was scheduled for Summer 2011. It now looks as if Apple is preparing to release the first golden master candidate version to developers in the near future. Just last month Apple released a preview version of Mac OS X Lion and now they appear to be ready to release an update to that initial release.

    Development of Mac OS X Lion must be going well if Apple is already at the initial golden master stage. When Mac OS X Snow Leopard reached the GM stage of development, the final release was launched to the public only a few weeks later. If all goes well and the bugs are minimal, then we may end up seeing Lion released sooner rather than later.

    With Mac OS X Lion, Apple hopes to bridge the gap between the Mac and iOS operating systems. When Lion is finally released to the public, it will be the first Mac OS to incorporate many of the features first seen on the iPhone. Many of these new Lion features will be quite familiar to anyone who has ever used and iPhone or iPad.

    A new feature called Launchpad will allow you to access all of your Mac software in a more iOS type of way, by giving users one touch access to all of their apps. Starting with Lion, Mac apps will now behave more like iOS apps, for example, all apps will now be available in full screen mode, they will auto save and automatically resume where you left off. When itís finally released, it will be interesting to see if this convergence of operating systems is actually a benefit to end users.

    Apple may actually be ahead of schedule with Mac OS X Lion and if there aren't too many bugs to squash along the way, then we might actually see it released before summer. Apple holds its WWDC event every year in early June and they usually release new products during the event. With Mac OS X Lion development coming along nicely, I wouldn't be too surprised to see released at this yearís event. No word on the expected price as of yet, but it's sure to be more than Snow Leopard's $29 price tag.

    Source: TechCrunch
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Mac OS X Lion Golden Master Candidate Soon to be Released started by Wiley John Wright View original post
    Comments 26 Comments
    1. Certde's Avatar
      Certde -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rob2G View Post
      I have not experienced any of the bugs you listed. What machine cpu and chipset are you using?



      Have you used lion? Yes there is some ios type Features but it is just as powerful as os x. You dont have to use the launch pad if you dont want, Thats really the only ios type thing in it that you can see with your eyes.
      There's a ton of new iOS UI features included in the developer preview. The one that really bugs me is the scrollbar in Finder. It's the same one that is in iOS. The thing that sucks though, is that it disappears like the iOS scrollbar, too.
    1. mikerlx's Avatar
      mikerlx -
      Quote Originally Posted by manickbarry View Post
      I don't believe they release OS's to make money like MS do as apple make enough on the hardware
      U don't believe the Mac App Store and Lion iOS are released to specifically to make money? but can we agree "purchasing software conveniently is the business model all of a sudden on a Mac." I would almost think apple is morphing into MS.
    1. Rob2G's Avatar
      Rob2G -
      Quote Originally Posted by mikerlx View Post
      Does preview work on older 2007 white MacBook?
      With some trickery yes it does. It runs pretty damn well on my white MacBook 1,1 with 2ghz core duo and 2gb ram.
    1. Twimfy's Avatar
      Twimfy -
      I've been using the developer preview since its release.

      Biggest plus for me is it now allows full 64-bit Kernel mode on my Macbook 6,1 which makes a huge difference in performance.

      The only bugs I have come across (aside from launchpad duplicating one program icon every time the Mac starts (now have 200+ Wings3D icons in launchpad lol) is that safari sometimes won't allow text entry and needs a restart and the system won't sleep when the lid is closed.
    1. Rob2G's Avatar
      Rob2G -
      Quote Originally Posted by Twimfy View Post
      I've been using the developer preview since its release.

      Biggest plus for me is it now allows full 64-bit Kernel mode on my Macbook 6,1 which makes a huge difference in performance.

      The only bugs I have come across (aside from launchpad duplicating one program icon every time the Mac starts (now have 200+ Wings3D icons in launchpad lol) is that safari sometimes won't allow text entry and needs a restart and the system won't sleep when the lid is closed.
      If you have a valid license for lion and didnt pirate the beta like alot of losers did. Report the bug to apple, thats what they are looking for people to report the bugs to them not just on a web forum.
    1. Twimfy's Avatar
      Twimfy -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rob2G View Post
      If you have a valid license for lion and didnt pirate the beta like alot of losers did. Report the bug to apple, thats what they are looking for people to report the bugs to them not just on a web forum.
      I already have :-)

      I'm a developer.

      I'm guessing the sleep issues come down to differences in the hardware models and this is more of a generic release.

      Looking forward to the GM.