Mac OS X Lion Release Date is Today, July 20, Apple Confirms

Jul 19, 2011 - 22 Comments

Lion release date is July 20

Update: Lion is now available, you can download it now from the Mac App Store for $29.99

Apple has confirmed that Mac OS X 10.7 Lion will launch today, July 20. This was announced today during the Apple Q3 2011 earnings call by Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer, and later reaffirmed by COO Tim Cook.

This 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 alongside Lion as well, or later in the month.

Mac OS X Lion will cost $29.99 and be available exclusively as a digital download through the Mac App Store. You can read more of our Lion coverage here.


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  1. Susan says:

    Thanks so much for providing the info on how to do a clean install of Lion on your mac .Appreciate all the info on the new operating system!

  2. Phil says:

    New MacBook Airs with dual core i5 or i7, Thunderbolt, backlit keyboard etc on UK Apple Store. Price has also fallen slightly – entry level 11″ Air now £849 from £867.

    White MacBook is gone – has it been discontinued?

  3. Bruno says:

    OMG Apple are soooo stupid!! I didnt even know it out now!! I was searching on app store and I found it!! Apple did not even sent me the “supposed to be” email to tell me when its out!! wow! When you launch a new thing and you are pretty happy of it you tell it LOUNDLY!! I mean, they could put a big splash on the site telling “THE LION HAVE NOW WOKE UP! GET HIM RIGHT NOW”…. but no…. nothing from them lol

  4. Geren says:

    It’s there now. But, there’s no be splash screen for it on the App store (as of about 1 minute ago — 8:42AM EST). In fact, you have to search for it. LOL! For all the hype, it’s about the softest launch I’ve ever seen.

  5. Henry says:

    The UK Apple Store is down with a message displaying “We’ll Be Back Soon”. So if Lion is to come out in the UK at 13:30 (15 mins) will the rumored new Mac Mini and/or MacBook Air becoming out along beside it? or maybe even a new MacBook Pro?

  6. Ollie says:

    Yeah UK 1:30 PM is when it should surface.

  7. fr3n2y says:

    1.30pm for uk?

  8. xf says:

    8:30am EST is what everyone is saying

  9. nick says:

    Try past 1.30pm gmt …

  10. Steve says:

    same here in central European time (9:21 AM)

  11. Dan says:

    Not up yet on the App Store as of 8am GMT.

    • Nandor690 says:

      It won’t be up until 8:30am Pacific time in America
      Apple is in California so 8:30am their time not yours.
      It sucks having to wait on them lol

  12. jason says:

    How do I get it free? I was told I could get it free since I just bought my Mbp.

    • Truth316 says:

      Didnt I already tell you where to get it!?

    • Kevin says:

      I was told that too Jason; new MBP 13 bought in June. I called Apple Support and they said just go onto App store and download it for free. Apparently it will know by the serial number.

    • Susan says:

      you contact Apple and then download from Mac App Store if your mac was purchased within 30 days of todays release.

  13. […] 根据OSXDaily的报道,苹果方面在刚刚结束的苹果公司2011年第三财季会上,苹果公司财务总监Peter Oppenheimer宣布OS X Lion将于当地时间7月20日正式发布。随后首席运营官Tim Cook证实了这一消息。 […]

  14. xf says:

    I would be surprised if new hardware comes along with Lion, I think they will wait until next week for the Mini and MacBook Air refreshes.

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  16. […] Apple has confirmed the release date of Lion as July 20. MacBook Air ETA is yet to be […]

  17. Diogenesis says:

    Finally! I hope their servers hold up.

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