Mac OS X 10.7 Lion GM coming soon?
It wasn’t long ago that Mac OS X 10.7 Developer Preview was released, but now TechCrunch is reporting that Apple may be releasing a GM candidate of Mac OS X Lion in the near future. The details are somewhat sketchy, citing just what they’re “hearing” from an unspecified source:
…Apple is gearing up to deploy an OS X Lion update to developers that they may be classifying as the “GM1″ release, we’re hearing… But from what we’ve heard, this is only the initial Golden Master candidate. In other words, don’t get too excited just yet
If this sounds a little strange, it is, because GM (Golden Master) software builds are typically what is used for mass production, indicating a finished product. TechCrunch’s Seigler even notes this, saying the “title [is] reserved for software that is complete,” so it would be a bit unusual for Apple to start labeling GM builds in the fashion of beta releases. Outside of last minute bug fixes, versioning stable builds is typically something reserved for RC (Release Candidates) builds. That said, the Lion Preview is quite stable and I dual boot between 10.7 and 10.6 regularly, so it’s certainly possible that Lion development is coming along ahead of schedule.
Apple has already announced that Mac OS X Lion will be released in summer of 2011. Most guesses are that the Mac OS X Lion launch will be the same date as iPhone 5 may be released, which event calendars pin on June 5 at WWDC 2011.