Mac OS X Lion Release Date is July, Will Cost $29, and Available ONLY from Mac App Store
Lion has been released! The wait is over, you can download OS X Lion from the Mac App Store
Update: Mac OS X Lion GM has been released, signifying a public release is due in the very near future. Stay tuned!
Update 2: The Lion release date is imminent.
Update 3: The WSJ’s AllThingsD appears to confirm Lion release date will be next week, alongside new MacBook Airs possibly on Thursday or Friday.
Update 4: Apple has confirmed that OS X Lion release date is July 20
Some of the biggest Mac OS X related news from WWDC 2011:
- Mac OS X 10.7 Lion will be publicly released in July – this fits in line with Apple’s expected ‘summer 2011’ release announcement
- Mac OS X Lion will be be available exclusively as a download from the Mac App Store – this is perhaps the most controversial Mac OS X announcement, since many users were hoping for DVD’s and USB keys as well
- Lion will cost $29.99 – “aggressively priced” as predicted, pretty cheap for an all new operating system
The keynote for Lion covered most of the features already known to beta testers through the Developer Previews, however Mac OS X Lion is said to include over 250 new enhancements and features. Based on my albeit brief exposure to Lion and the features that Apple has talked about, it’s well worth the $30 price tag and I will be upgrading without hesitation.
We’ll keep you posted as more useful news comes in.
Update: Mac OS X Lion Server will be $49.99 and available in July as a separate download/upgrade from the Mac App Store.