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Books may hint at July or August launch of Mac OS X Lion

updated 11:30 am EST, Mon February 14, 2011

Fits with official Apple timelines

Several book listings at 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.

by MacNN Staff



  1. davidg

    Joined: Dec 1969


    The authors won't know

    I write computer books. The authors won't know. The editors will have gone with a nominal release date, possibly based upon the guesses of one or both of the authors.

  1. TylerDurden

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Actually, the thing that hints at a July or August release is Apple's predictable schedule... Show off new OS in June at the Developer's conference and release a month or two later. And since Apple themselves have already announced some OSX Lion features, we definitely know it's coming.

  1. boris_cleto

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Actually, Actually....

    The thing that hints at a July or August release is the OS X Lion Sneak Peak webpage that states "Mac OS X Lion arrives in summer 2011".

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Who cares... Nothing of thrills announced except apple's further pushing their income with the AppStore. Oh, and the iOSifying of OS X.

    On the downside, there's the usual breaking of hardware or software, the non-support for a few hardware line-ups.

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