Mac OS X 10.6.8 to Remove MacDefender Malware and Ready Macs for Lion Upgrade
The release of Mac OS X 10.6.8 looks to be right around the corner with another developer build being issued for beta testing. Incremental OS updates are generally just bug fixes, but the developer notes of this build show there’s more to this one than usual, indicating that 10.6.8 will include the MacDefender Removal tool that Apple mentioned last week and also prepare users for installing Mac OS X 10.7 Lion by distribution through the Mac App Store, seemingly confirming that a public release is soon.
Apple has previously stated that Lion will be released in “summer 2011”, with increasing speculation suggesting that a Lion GM build may be released to developers as soon as next week at WWDC 2011. This would put a public release several weeks later, but again, this is just speculation.
While Mac OS X Lion will most likely be distributed as a simple download from the Mac App Store, evidence suggests that DVD releases and possibly even USB installer keys will also provide users with upgrade paths. You can read more about Lion in our archives and watch videos of Lion features if you haven’t seen them yet.
10.6.8 info via MacStories
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