Lion-Ready OS X Apps Appearing on Mac App Store

Jul 14, 2011 - 21 Comments

Lion ready apps on the Mac App Store

Despite the fact that today is (was) the speculative launch day, OS X Lion has yet to appear. Nevermind that though, the good news is that Apple is rapidly accepting Lion-ready apps to the Mac App Store, indicating that a launch will be very soon.

If 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. Additionally, we cited AppleInsider who suggested that Lion was pushed back to the “week of July 21st” due to some last minute security issues, and separately, we’d also been hearing that Lion would be launched next week, but the reliability of those sources has yet to be determined (no offense people) so just take that info with a grain of salt. Here’s what we said, which also touches on what “Lion-ready” means for OS X apps:

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.

As you can see in the screenshot above from the app WordCrasher, some of the Lion-ready apps on the Mac App Store specifically point out support for fullscreen mode, Resume, and Versions.

For it’s part, Apple has thus far announced simply that Lion will be released in July on the Mac App Store, but has yet to provide a specific day when 10.7 would be widely available.

Update: In addition to WordCrasher, BusyCal, Cruz, Pilot eLog, Harmony Worship, ShortCuts, SwordSoft Layout, and many more have also been added to the App Store with Lion support.

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Posted by: Matt Chan in Mac OS X, News

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  1. little birdy says:

    There will be a Lion GM2 build released this Friday, it fixes a few remaining bugs in Safari and the security holes that AppleInsider mentioned. Public release next week if all goes well.

  2. [...] OS X Lion apparently was not released today, like so many predicted, there is still good news! It appears that Apple is rapidly approving Lion-compatible apps for the Mac App Store, indicating that, while [...]

  3. 84north says:

    A bunch more are popping up, look in your updates list from Lion in App Store.app ….

  4. [...] noted by OSXDaily, WordCrasher appears to be the first third-party app update to be approved specifically mentioning [...]

  5. [...] there’s Lion, there’s Macbook Airs laying in wait… *Fingers crossed* Source: OS X Daily Via: 9to5Mac var addthis_config = {"data_track_clickback":true; services_compact: 'email, [...]

  6. [...] only been a few days, but Apple is already beginning to approve those Lion-capable apps, as noted by OS X Daily in the case of WordCrasher [Mac App [...]

  7. [...] all been waiting for it, we’re seeing the Lion apps pop-up on the App Store, and Lion has been said to launch alongside new MacBook Airs, so they must be due out any minute [...]

  8. [...] that it would launch today, Lion-ready third-party applications are starting to show up. OS X Daily spotted at least one app, WordCrasher, that's been updated with Lion compatibility, and MacStories [...]

  9. [...] only been a few days, but Apple is already beginning to approve those Lion-capable apps, as noted by OS X Daily in the case of WordCrasher [Mac App Store]. WordCrasher now takes advantage of new OS X Lion [...]

  10. [...] OS X Daily News discovered popular Mac word game, WordCrasher, had been updated to add Mac OS X Lion-only features including fullscreen mode, Resume and Versions. MacStories also spotted a clutch of other apps hitting the store with new Mac OS X Lion friendly builds. [...]

  11. [...] OS X Daily this week notes that Apple has officially approved the first OS X Lion ready app update into the Mac App Store. Originally a Mac App Store launch day title and currently on sale for 50% its normal asking price, according to its app description, Word Crasher 1.0.5 now takes advantage of “full-screen” mode as well as “resume” under OS X Lion. [...]

  12. [...] all signs are pointing to a Lion making its way to the Mac App Store very, very soon. Source: OS X Daily 0 Replies    0 Views Posted Today  06:39 [...]

  13. [...] suite was updated earlier in the week. WordCrasher was a Lion ready app that was first spotted by OS X Daily, but there have been quite a few more. There are some big names that have just been updated [...]

  14. [...] Cupertino ma anche le terze parti si stanno rapidamente adeguando. Un esempio, come fatto notare da OS X Daily, è ben visibile osservando il recente aggiornamento del gioco WordCrasher, che ora supporta la [...]

  15. [...] Cupertino ma anche le terze parti si stanno rapidamente adeguando. Un esempio, come fatto notare da OS X Daily, è ben visibile osservando il recente aggiornamento del gioco WordCrasher, che ora supporta la [...]

  16. [...] OS X Daily noticed one app in-particular, WordCrasher, that already has Lion’s full-screen and Resume features built in. MacStories notes that some other apps in the Mac App Store have added Lion support for mere compatibility, and some also introduce new features in the app’s update. [...]

  17. [...] only been a few days, but Apple is already beginning to approve those Lion-capable apps, as noted by OS X Daily in the case of WordCrasher [Mac App Store]. WordCrasher now takes advantage of new OS X Lion [...]

  18. [...] that it would launch today, Lion-ready third-party applications are starting to show up. OS X Daily spotted at least one app, WordCrasher, that’s been updated with Lion compatibility, and [...]

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