OS X Lion “Will Soon Be Available” as Apple Asks Devs to Submit Lion Apps

Jul 12, 2011 - 10 Comments

Apple email asks Developers to submit Lion apps

Apple has sent registered Mac OS X developers an email requesting submissions for Lion apps. In the email, Apple says that OS X Lion “will soon be available” and requests that developers use the newly released XCode 4.1 GM build to submit their Lion compatible apps:

OS X Lion, the eighth major release of the world’s most advanced operating system, will soon be available to millions of Mac users around the world. Submit your Lion apps for review now so they can be on the Mac App Store when Lion ships this month.

Be sure to build, test, and compile your apps using Mac OS X Lion GM Seed and Xcode 4.1 for Lion GM seed prior to uploading your binary to iTunes Connect.

If Apple is just now starting to accept Lion apps, that email could indicate that OS X Lion will not be released this Thursday as originally anticipated, but instead slightly later in the month.

Giving more weight to a later launch is AppleInsider. Indicating that a backlit keyboard equipped MacBook Air would be launched during the “week of July 21st” and that Lion may have been delayed due to some “last minute security issues”, AppleInsider also notes that Friday’s are a historically favored launch day for Mac OS X releases:

Friday releases of major OS X upgrades have been somewhat of a tradition for Apple for nearly a decade. With the exception of Cheetah and Puma, which were released on a Tuesday and Saturday, respectively, back in 2001, all major new versions of OS X have made their debut on a Friday: Panther (Friday, Oct. 24, 2003), Tiger (Friday, Apr. 29, 2005), Leopard (Friday, Oct. 26, 2007), and Snow Leopard (Friday, Aug. 28, 2009).

Both the Apple email and AppleInsider information come soon after 9to5mac learned of eight new Mac product codes, split evenly for expected MacBook Air and Mac Pro updates, which 9to5mac expects would launch alongside Lion.

Independently, we have heard chatter of a July 19th or July 22 launch for Lion, but like all other claims on a specific launch date, they appear to be mostly speculative. The only certainty is that Apple appears to maintain a fluid timeline for the Lion release, but putting the launch off a week or two would give Apple plenty of time to approve Lion-compatible apps for the Mac App Store. Among other things, Lion compatibility means 64-bit architecture and also generally includes support for Lion-specific features like Versions and Full Screen apps.

Regardless of when it comes out, Lion will cost $29.99 and be available this July exclusively through the Mac App Store.

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Posted by: Matt Chan in Mac OS X, News

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  1. Alec says:

    Next Friday it is, no way Apple can approve hundreds of apps in 2 days!

    • Brandon says:

      Don’t be so sure about that. It is widely reported that Apple Stores are having some overnight function on the 13th with boxes for new product displays. If this isn’t Lion, what else would it be?

      I think we will see Lion this Thursday and the new Macs next week.

  2. I need it this week!!! :)

    -Chris
    FOM

  3. hghgh says:

    No tengáis tanta prisa a primera vista el apagado es más lento sale la rueda después de irse el fondo unos 7 segundos antes con leopard se apagaba de golpe.
    Y la herramienta Wifi para redes inalámbricas tiene un fallo y no se consigue navegar.

  4. Liam says:

    I NEED OS X LION THIS WEEK!
    EVERY MORNING I WAKE UP AND CHECK THE APP STORE, THEN THE TIME IN THE USA TO SEE IF THAT IS WHY IT IS NOT ON. IF ITS NOT ON THIS WEEK I WILL NOT BE ABLE TO GET IT FOR ANOTHER MONTH AS I WILL BE AWAY!

  5. Clive says:

    If you don’t get Lion this week, will your hardware suddenly stop working.

    Do you want to go away for a month with a new (unknown for bugs) software?

  6. riyadi says:

    Mbuh ra ruh rek, july…. july tidak pasti, Kon yo bingung poo Ker?

  7. riyadi says:

    Aku mengenti iWork 2011 sing anyar ben kepenak nggo kerjo. nanging sayange Apple nggak pasti cuman bilang available in July, mbuh ker ker sak karepmu !

  8. [...] you’ve been following along here, we pointed out earlier in the week that Apple had just recently began accepting Lion apps to be reviewed for the Mac App Store, which cast some doubt on a launch this week. [...]

  9. [...] Apple, all we have heard is that Lion will “soon be available” and otherwise only that it’s due sometime this [...]

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