Apple Inc. may release its new operating system, Mac OS X Lion, as early as Wednesday, reports say.
Apple enthusiast website MacRumors said that Apple retail stores have begun receiving copies of Mac OS X Lion this week and is already installing the said OS to the hard drives of demo computers.
The site said, “This, of course, doesn’t guarantee a specific launch date, but brings Apple one step closer to launch.”
Another report from 9to5mac claimed that the support staff from AppleCare are now receiving training for launch of the new OS, and are installing the final version on their machines.
Neither of the two reports provided a release date, which the Cupertino-based company said would be launched sometime in July. An article by AppleInsider said that the software will get to the Mac App Store on Wednesday, the day after the company posts its third quarter earnings.
The Mac OS X Lion was expected to be released last week, but was moved a week later to give developers more time to optimize their applications. Reports pointed out that the Golden Master version of the Mac OS X Lion was made available to developers in July 1.
A report by TheNextWeb said that the new version of the OS will only be available for download via the Mac App Store. It also said that Apple store employees are to stay in the store overnight to learn about the company’s new products.
“If the sources are right, it looks like we’ll be set for a Lion launch on Wednesday. There’s no accompanying word as to whether the heavily-rumored Macbook Air refresh will drop on the same day as Lion or several days afterwards,” said TheNextWeb.