OS X Lion Golden Master seeded to developers, launching July 14?

Earlier this year Apple showed off the next generation of OS X, Lion. The new platform will bring many new features to the table for Mac users and will also be only available through the App Store.

OS X Lion has now been pushed from the preview stage to the Gold Master stage and has been seeded to developers. Building on this, 9to5mac reports that the platform is likely to launch on July 14, the same day the MacBook Air is likely to get refreshed.

Despite going gold, Apple has yet to announce the actual date the product will ship; Apple has stated previously that the platform will launch in July. It will retail for only $29.99, which is considerably cheaper than previous versions that priced in at $129.99. There will also be a server version available for the platform that will sell for $49.99.

If you are waiting to get your hands (paws) on OS X Lion, the product took a big step forward towards public availability. While there is always a possibility that a last minute bug could pop up causing the launch to be delayed, it is likely that the platform will be in the App Store in the near future.

 

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AtriusNY said,
Snow Leopard costs also $29.99. The OS' before that cost more.

Yup. Leopard cost $129.99 and OS X 10.4 Tiger cost $99 I believe. Snow Leopard and Lion cost $29.99. Well, I should say those are the upgrade costs as it is assumed that if you are using a Mac that you have a license for OS X that came with that Mac.

AtriusNY said,
Snow Leopard costs also $29.99. The OS' before that cost more.

Yes, but two points:
1). It is an all digital distribution. There will be no boxed copies.
2). Apple wants everyone using 10.7 for a number of important reasons. i.e. App Store

It is also the future of their platform, and a pretty significant turning point for them on a whole.

Since it is only $30, I suspect that a LOT of Mac users will be upgrading to this. I'm looking forward to trying it out. I like that it will be available through the app store.

It looks so awesome. I can't wait to upgrade! The days up to the 14th (assuming that's the right date) are going to pass so slowly.

I still want to know what you're supposed to do in a situation where you've got a blank hard drive and want to install the OS. Are you supposed to first install OSX 10.6 and then update to 10.7? That really sounds like it would take a whopping ******** of time vs just installing once.

LaXu said,
I still want to know what you're supposed to do in a situation where you've got a blank hard drive and want to install the OS. Are you supposed to first install OSX 10.6 and then update to 10.7? That really sounds like it would take a whopping ******** of time vs just installing once.

if you "upgrade" you will need 10.6.8 first but im 100% positive you just format the drive to extended journal and install lion fresh.

LaXu said,
I still want to know what you're supposed to do in a situation where you've got a blank hard drive and want to install the OS. Are you supposed to first install OSX 10.6 and then update to 10.7? That really sounds like it would take a whopping ******** of time vs just installing once.

If it's like the dev builds, you can burn the installer to a disk and run it that way, installing it on a formatted partition.

I maybe foolish upgrading especially on a .0 release but there's alot of reason to upgrade and I can't wait. I fully expect a few major bugs till .2 or .3 however that's always going to be the case. I certainly won't moan about it though : )

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