Sandy Bridge MacBook Air & Mac OS X Lion Release on Wednesday, July 20?

Jul 18, 2011 - 12 Comments

Lion Mac App Store

Update: Apple has confirmed the release date of Lion as July 20. MacBook Air ETA is yet to be determined.

Sick of 10.7 Lion and MacBook Air release date rumors yet? Us too, but as we enter into the second half of July we’re running short on time for OS X Lion to be released this month as expected. The good news is that when Apple sets a date, they almost always meet it (ignore the white iPhone 4), and the better news is AppleInsider says they have received word that Wednesday, July 20 at 8:30am ET is the magic time:

According to people with proven track records who would be in a position to know, the new product launches are set to occur later this week. Specifically, one person said the products would be released on Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. Eastern.

A Wednesday release is slightly earlier than what WSJ’s AllThingsD reported last week, placing a “Thursday or Friday” timeline for the new hardware and software.

Refreshed MacBook Airs are said to include Intel Sandy Bridge Core i5 and i7 processors, 4GB of RAM standard, a starting storage capacity of 128GB SSD, and a return of everyones favorite backlit keyboard. It remains to be seen what GPU will be bundled with the refreshed MacBook Air, but most analysts expect it to be the Intel HD 3000 chip.

The same AI report says that Mac OS X 10.7 Lion was delayed slightly due to logistical issues with distribution through the Mac App Store, in addition to some unexpected problems with the Resumes feature. The GM build of Lion was released on July 1.


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Posted by: Matt Chan in Mac, Mac OS, News


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  1. […] The rumours say 8.30 a.m. Eastern Time, so it should have been released by now. Originally Posted by nephilim Don't seem people […]

  2. vdny says:

    12 more day i dont care countdown

  3. […] one I went back and looked at was clearly marked Developer Version, so someone has been cheating. OS X Daily later refined that date with an 08:30 EDT release time: that is 19:30 Wednesday evening here if I […]

  4. […] confirms at least half of the recent rumor about a Wednesday launch, but it remains to be seen whether a new MacBook Air will be launched […]

  5. a.andrew says:

    OK guy’s, enough of this why not just wait for the announcement from apple more false dawns on this subject than on my lottery predictions.

  6. osmac says:

    Mac OSx Lion will be released on the 31st of July 2011 and will sneak out while everybody’s sleeping. Expect heavy traffic.

  7. xf says:

    I continue to think Friday is the big day

  8. Ted says:

    FFS, we know it’s this week, who cares when

  9. Lance says:

    Just release it already!

  10. […] Via: Sandy Bridge MacBook Air & Mac OS X Lion Release on Wednesday, July 20?. […]

  11. I’m betting that this all hinges on “if” Lion is ready to be released by then…


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