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03-26-2011, 03:07 AM #1
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.
03-26-2011, 03:33 AM #2
Sounds good, can't wait for lion but I hope they don't release a buggy unstable update just to get it out like they do with iOS.
03-26-2011, 03:46 AM #3
Any one know how much this will be?
I wish I had a miniature elephant that fit in the palm of my hand. I would pick him up and he'd lift up his trunk and stand on his back legs and say PRRRRRRRRRRRRMMMMMMMMMPPPPPPPPPHHHHHHHH and I would say yes little elephant i love you too.
03-26-2011, 04:09 AM #4
My guess would they go full OS upgrade price. Not the minor update that Snow Leopard was.
Can't wait I guess but haven't looked fully into what the changes are.
03-26-2011, 07:03 AM #5
loopl just discovered that a political party used that same lion pic for a campain a few years ago in Belgium xD
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03-26-2011, 07:06 AM #6
Also from what I've seen so far Snow Leopard -> Lion doesn't seem like a huge update yet. From playing with the dev build for a few days it seemed to be mostly UI changes but I haven't spent a lot of time with it. I thought Tiger -> Leopard was a huge jump.
Would distribution via the Mac App Store be possible? Download the DMG and burn it to a DVD? OS X hasn't had any DRM anywho and they distribute it to devs digitally too.
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03-26-2011, 08:48 AM #7
[QUOTE=Cer0;5920402]My guess would they go full OS upgrade price. Not the minor update that Snow Leopard was.
Snow Leopard 10.6 (gained 21GB on my HD) was huge over the monster Leopard 10.5 that gobbled up my HD. 10.7 should really be free as all the Mac app purchases #winning for Apple.
03-26-2011, 09:23 AM #8
I hope it's around $49. I like the new additions, I just don't know how I feel about the whole moving toward iOS. Sure some things from iOS will be cool to have on a Mac, but overall I think they need to keep them separate.
03-26-2011, 09:37 AM #9
03-26-2011, 09:58 AM #10
You do not have to use launchpad if you do not like the iOS look.
03-26-2011, 10:52 AM #11
well im using the developers preview now and there are soo many bugs that i could name...
1) scrolling between spaces often fails. (reboot needed)
2) launch pad says it is downloading an app but the app is downloaded and can be opened in the apps folder (reboot needed)
3) when viewing a video in full screen and exit the viewing the screen goes white... (launch of mission control needed)
and i could go on and on...
i dont think they could have figured out all the bugs already...
03-26-2011, 11:09 AM #12
Okay really people, the "iOS" complaints really have me stumped. Aside from the launch pad (the iOS home screen style icon grid), which is just an icon in the dock that you NEVER have to click, I don't get what the "it looks too much like iOS" comments are about. Nothing about Lion is any different from using Leopard, aside from the addition of some cool new ways to get around, which don't really interfere with your old ways of getting around.
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03-26-2011, 11:45 AM #13
Apple it's getting closer to build one Operative System for both Mac and touch devices or to make all the devices touch.Common Sense Its Not So Common
03-26-2011, 02:27 PM #14
03-26-2011, 03:54 PM #15
i just hope my mac mini 2007 2ghz is still compatible with it
03-26-2011, 04:52 PM #16
03-26-2011, 05:40 PM #17
I'd prefer Apple to show off new features and explain new improvements (under the hood) before they release it. From this news post it sounds like WWDC '11 might be too far away as it's speculating that Lion is close to completion but Apple could hold off on releasing Lion until then.
But then that would have WWDC possibly launching Mac OS X Lion, iOS 5 and iPhone 5. Probably too much for one event.
I'd rather Apple focus WWDC for OS X and have it marketed as another "Back to the Mac" event. iOS and iDevices are hogging all the limelight for my liking
03-26-2011, 06:43 PM #18
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