updated 11:30 am EST, Mon February 14, 2011
Fits with official Apple timelines
Several book listings at Amazon.co.uk may suggest that Mac OS X Lion will ship in late July or early August. Mac OS X Lion For Dummies and Mac OS X Lion All-in-One For Dummies are both allegedly shipping on July 28th, despite the fact that Apple has not set a firm release date for its software. Mac OS X Lion Bible and Teach Yourself Visually Mac OS X Lion are due on July 29th, while Mac OS X Lion Portable Genius is targeted at August 5th, and Mac OS X Lion Simplified is set to arrive August 26th.
While future book dates don't always predict Apple product launches, it is unusual for several titles to emerge simultaneously and with roughly the same timing. Apple has also given Lion a broad "summer" timeframe, and may want to avoid shipping the OS in the next few months so as to place proper emphasis on the second-generation iPad and next-generation iPhones. An in-depth preview of Lion will likely occur at this year's WWDC event, expected in early June.