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Mac OS X Lion gold master candidate seeding soon?

updated 12:00 am EDT, Sat March 26, 2011

Mac OS X Lion GM1 may come soon

Apple may be close enough to completing Mac OS X Lion that it's seeding the first release candidates, tipsters said late Friday. GM1, or Gold Master rrelease candidate 1, is reportedly being deployed soon. TechCrunch's source didn't give a timetable, but there are usually only a few release candidates for most software developers before the final build is made public.

Although the rumor is unconfirmed, Apple had officially promised Lion for the summer and would likely need to be wrapping up its development, focusing on eliminating bugs or speeding up code instead of new features. Only one.release candidate existed for Snow Leopard, although it was a relatively minor upgrade on the surface and might not have needed as much as Lion.

Most expect Lion to be formally released near WWDC in June and may have new Macs to help show off the enhancements, such as an upgraded MacBook Air with Sandy Bridge processors.

The new OS is considered vital for Apple, both to bring some of the iOS experience to the Mac and spur sales as well as to leapfrog Microsoft. Windows 7 largely eliminated many of the complaints about Vista while simultaneously adding new interface elements that improved its experience both with and without touch. Microsoft sold 240 million copies in one year, setting a record for a desktop OS and mending the poor performance of Vista.

An answer to Lion won't come until about late 2012, with Windows 8.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Bearcat

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Microsoft sold 240 million copies in one year...

    Remember folks, that's 240 million copies "to the channel". That could be a big difference from the actual consumer purchases. Food for thought.

  1. Jeronimo2000

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Betas, anyone?

    MacNN, sometimes I really wonder what drugs you're on. Do you sometimes stop to *think* before you post stuff like this?

    Sure, this time Apple is skipping the BETA period entirely and is going straight from Developer Preview to Golden Master. Sure.

  1. Salty

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Developer Previews = Beta

    Aren't developer previews basically non public betas? Also a lot of the underlying stuff that's happened with OS X happened in Snow Leopard. Granted they moved to full on 64 bit in this release and stuff, they're ditching Samba, and they're doing a few other things. But most of the stuff does not seem to need an extensive beta so long as it needed time to develop and make sure it was good.

    Any word of this GM is gonna support the Core i7 13 inchers? I hope so since the GM is basically supposed to be the retail version.

  1. SockRolid

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Developer GM = Private (NDA) Beta

    I'm sure Apple has fixed all serious beta period bugs they found in internal testing. The next real test is to unleash Lion on the developer community. For two reasons.

    First, to find bugs they didn't find with their own tests. Second, to allow developers to update their apps to handle Lion's new features. The earlier they do both of those things, the better for them and for the developers. I've ignored the Developer Preview, but I'll get the GM when it's available.

  1. SockRolid

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Vista = WIndows 6.0. Windows "7" = 6.1.

    "Microsoft sold 240 million copies in one year"

    Because of pent up demand in users sick and tired of XP (after 8 years) and frustrated by the Vista Disaster. I'm sure there are still hundreds of millions of users who think XP is just fine, who won't upgrade until their pee cees die because a lowest-bidder part blows up.

    Microsoft's internal project number for Windows Vista was 6.0. The internal project number for Windows 7 was 6.1. You do the math.

  1. SockRolid

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Windows 8 on Tegra? Good luck with that.

    "An answer to Lion won't come until about late 2012, with Windows 8."

    Ballmer claims that Microsoft will port a version of WIndows 8 over to ARM-based Tegra chips. Because the ancient x86 architecture simply isn't appropriate for low-power mobile devices. A bitter pill for Intel to swallow, but Microsoft is right.

    Intel has spent thousands of man-years designing x86 to support all manner of obscure CISC instructions generated by Microsoft's compilers. All of which take up vast amounts of real estate on their x86 chips and are rarely used. That kind of symbiotic complexity locked Microsoft and Intel into an unhealthy co-dependence. It was fine in the go-go '90s, when huge profits and the megahertz myth masked Wintel's inefficiency. Just grab another power strip and plug in your 7-fan sheetmetal Gateway 2000. Feel the nice warm breeze.

    The future of computing lies in mobile, not in power-hungry desktops and traditional laptops. And, unfortunately for Microsoft, Intel, Motorola, Samsung, Nokia, Dell, RIM, and many others, the future started in 2007. Microsoft will be 5 years behind Apple before they can even begin to address the pad computing market with anything other than yet another useless generic Windows Tablet. It'll be a miracle if Ballmer is still CEO by then.

  1. Marook

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Re-run this article in 6 months and it might be right!!
    They have only seeded ONE version (and a Very Rought one!) to developers, and the last 4 major OS releases has seen at least 6 months of seeding, some even 8-10 months, before the 'public developer beta' at WWDC.

    So, 'beta' at WWDC and shipment in ~ september...

  1. Tanker10a

    Joined: Dec 1969


    The Lion Roar

    I am looking forward to see THE Lion. It will be refreshing to a see a new interface and a more flexible operating system from AAPL.

  1. hayesk

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Leapfrog what, now?

    Nobody has ever been able to tell me what's new and great in Windows 7. I can't see it either. What's so great that Apple has to leapfrog?

    Apple is improving their OS on their own terms, but by trying to one-up the competition.

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  1. facebook_Clarence

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    Joined: Mar 2011


    Windows 7

    I put Windows 7 Professional on my McBook Pro and don't really see any problems with it. I only use it for the unabridged version of Microsoft Office and a few other programs (not "apps," because that is a stupid word), but it works just fine. It's a solid, but expensive, OS. I suppose you could pirate it like a lot of the cheap people on this site, but that's probably why they're having problems in the first place.

    For everything else, I use Mc OS Snow Leopard, which is also a good OS. I wouldn't say either one has leapfrogged the other, and I'd also say that Mc OS Lion doesn't really bring anything new to the table besides turning a $3000 Mc into an iPad (a toy).

    -- Sent from my Android device.

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