OS X 'Lion' ships Wednesday, says Apple
Apple CFO did not say at what time the new OS will hit the Mac App Store
Computerworld - Apple will launch its Lion operating system tomorrow, the company's chief financial officer said Tuesday.
Rumors floated nearly constantly during July that Mac OS X 10.7, aka Lion, would debut in the next few days or at most, the following week.
Those rumors are now moot.
"We are very excited to be launching Mac OS X Lion tomorrow," said Peter Oppenheimer, Apple's CFO, during the early stages of a quarterly earnings call with Wall Street analysts. Oppenheimer did not name a time of day Wednesday for Lion's release.
Previously, Apple had said only that it would ship Lion during July, but had refused to state a specific date.
In an email urging developers to submit their programs to the Mac App Store last week, Apple said the upgrade would be available "soon."
Apple provided a "gold master" build of Lion -- the tag some developers use for software that has been completed and is ready to ship -- on July 1, but did not seed them with another version.
Lion requires a Mac with an Intel Core 2 Duo, Core i3, Core i5, Core i7 or Xeon processor; 2GB of memory; and Snow Leopard. Unlike previous OS upgrades, Lion will be available only via download from the Mac App Store.
Lion is priced at $29.99 and requires that users already have Mac OS X 10.6.8 Snow Leopard installed.
Gregg Keizer covers Microsoft, security issues, Apple, Web browsers and general technology breaking news for Computerworld. Follow Gregg on Twitter at @gkeizer or subscribe to Gregg's RSS feed . His e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
- OS X Snow Leopard desertion rate accelerates after patches stop
- What makes OS X Mavericks so special?
- Apple's WWDC set for June 10-14, hints at fall launch of next iPhone
- Mountain Lion mauls other OS X editions for top spot
- Apple consistently convinces customers to upgrade OS X
- Apple to kill Messages beta for OS X Lion next month
- OS X Mountain Lion's torrid upgrade pace cools
- Apple rolls out iOS 6, upgrades Mountain Lion
- Apple patches Java 6 for OS X Snow Leopard, Lion
- OS X Mountain Lion grabs 20% share of all Macs
Read more about Mac OS X in Computerworld's Mac OS X Topic Center.
- The Business Value of Continuous Delivery Download this whitepaper to learn more about the business value of Continuous Delivery and see why it could be a game changer for...
- Ten Factors Shaping the Future of Application Delivery Download this research report conducted by Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) to learn how those that are seeking to accelerate application delivery are leveraging...
- Software Asset Management: Ensuring Today's Assets Today's trends like BYOD and SaaS are new and exciting in terms of how they will help make our jobs more productive but...
- Trends Shaping Software Management: 2014 Most IT executives recognize the relationship between mobile computing and worker productivity, and have long issued notebook computers and other mobile devices to...
- IBM FlashSystem V840: Leveraging Software-Defined Flash to Drive Your Business With end-to-end, tightly integrated functionality and super-fast flash technology, products like IBM FlashSystem V840 Enterprise Performance Solution empower businesses to leverage the efficiency...
- Leveraging Flash Storage to Accelerate Oracle Real Application Clusters Join this webinar to understand the latest solid-state storage trends, the specific applications driving solid-state storage deployments and the benefits of deploying the... All Mac OS X White Papers | Webcasts
Our new weekly Consumerization of IT newsletter covers a wide range of trends including BYOD, smartphones, tablets, MDM, cloud, social and what it all means for IT. Subscribe now and stay up to date!