Last month Apple showcased its next Mac operating system at the annual WWDC event which included a whole host of new features, but no ETA of the update was given. But today we have news that the OS X Lion release date could coincide with the launch of the new MacBook Air next week.
Apple has started to advise its members of its retail arm of measures before the launch of the new operating system next week. Kasper Jade of AppleInsider is reporting that managers of the Apple retail stores have been told to upgrade the RAM on certain Mac models. This has to be done by this coming Sunday at the latest, and is thought it’s in readiness for the Lion OS X update.
There are rumors that some Apple customers may even be invited into the stores to upgrade to the new OS. This is so they can get help with becoming more used to the updated OS biggest improvements. It is also thought there will be an overnight shift for retail workers sometime next week.
These overnight shifts normally come just before a major product release, and results in new displays and signage as well as familiarization with the new product. There is some talk that the new MacBooks Airs could come the following week, but some feel it could come the same day.
Apple reportedly decided to freeze any new Mac models being made available until the release of Lion OS X, as it wanted to offer new buyers the best Apple experience. We recently reported of stock levels of the current MacBook Air were beginning to run dry, ahead of a new model being made available.
Production was said to have started on the new model last month with 380,000 units going into the assembly line. The new range of Airs is reportedly set to have high speed 400MBps flash memory amongst its new features.
It is also thought Apple will be making more of the 11.6-inch model as it has proven to be more popular to its bigger 13.3-inch version. The new Lion OS X operating system is available to anyone currently running Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, as a $29.99 upgrade via the Mac App Store. There are a total of 250 new features in the new software including multi-touch gestures.
Are you going to upgrade to Mac OS X Lion when it is available?
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