Apple is expected to release the latest version of its operating system for its Mac computers anytime soon; this is thought to be closely followed by the MacBook Air refresh. Today we are looking at why the OS X Lion v10.7 launch is important, and what else it means for Apple.
Apple will be testing its new data center in North Carolina with the Lion launch, and according to an article on InformationWeek sources are claiming that the testing is not all to do with Lion. The 6GB Lion download will be to a big amount of users, and will reveal how Apple’s systems will cope. This will give some insight how the company will deliver its new iCloud service to a new lineup of non-optical drive Macs and notebooks.
The new range is alleged to be showcased next month for shipping in September, and will re-market the MacBook Air as its entry level device. Apple executives are quietly confident that the new billion dollar data center will be a success, and is already preparing its stores in readiness for the OS X upgrade.
There is already a USB key with the download available for use in stores, and will eventually be available to customers. Apple are not going to rely solely on its stores, as most Apple Genius Bars only have room for around five units at a time. With the update taking anywhere between five to fifteen minutes to download, lines would quickly grow.
Apple’s new data center must be seen to work well so the company can continue with its bigger plans further down the road. The download is a big upgrade but doesn’t have to work quickly; it just has to work correctly. But this will be the biggest online delivery the company has ever attempted, and is the start of a change in direction for Apple.
At last month’s WWDC event the new Maiden data center was talked up by Steve Jobs, but it won’t be working alone with the update. The second largest center in Newark, CA, and the Cupertino, CA facility will all be working in tandem with the Lion update.
If things don’t go according to plan Apple has the time to rework things ahead of the iCloud launch. One of the great new features of Mac OS X Lion is AirDrop, which lets you too wirelessly share files. You can see more on this feature in this article.