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OS X 10.6.8 hints readying Mac App Store for Lion upgrade

updated 01:00 pm EDT, Sun May 29, 2011

Mac OS X 10.6.8 build preps for upgrading to Lion

A third test build of Mac OS X 10.6.8 has surfaced this weekend and produced a discovery confirming Apple's plans to offer Lion through the Mac App Store. New notes added for the release mention that it's intended to "enhance" the store to "get your Mac ready to upgrade to Mac OS X Lion." It's unclear from Florian Schimanke's sighting what those changes might be.

An upgrade path to Lion was anticipated given that Lion betas were distributed to developers and references that had been seen in the past. Until now, however, it hadn't been apparent whether any special changes would be needed. Mac users will most likely need 10.6.8 as a minimum requirement to upgrade to Lion through a downloadable copy and will have to buy a disc if using an earlier OS.

Apple is expected to show Lion at WWDC and may even consider the OS finished or close to it by the time the developer event starts on June 6. The option of a download could not only give users a faster track than waiting for a hard copy but let Apple offer a discounted price for downloaders.

Along with the Lion upgrade prep, the 10.6.8 build notes confirm that 10.6.8 will detect and scrub MacDefender. The patch should also fix random crashes in Preview as well as bolster IPv6 and VPN networking.

by MacNN Staff



  1. charlituna

    Joined: Dec 1969


    i suspect the rumors are true

    Apple tried to do a $29 upgrade from Leopard to Snow Leopard and a $129 for everyone else. But failed when it got out about 30 minutes after release that the $29 disk was a full copy and works for everyone.

    They can release Lion as $29 for an upgrade from Snow Leopard and $129 if you want to get a physical disk from the store. Sure a few folks will snatch up SL disks off Amazon to save some money but eventually that will run out.

    As for how they achieve it, I see one of two ways. Either it will be a disk image installer that can some how run even with the computer starting up from the hard drive (perhaps by making you restart to go into the locked down installing mode that some of the point releases use). Or perhaps it will download something that triggers the correct response from the Software Update system. I suspect the former is more the style since it seems like they might be wanting to phase out the separate SU system

  1. ggirton

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Lion is ready!

    It's not about the differential price of the upgrade.

    It's about making it happen.

    The OS upgrade will drive hardware sales of people who have been waiting for this major shift. For, what is on the horizon after Lion?

    I mean, how much better can it get?

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  1. SockRolid

    Joined: Dec 1969


    iCloud infrastructure upgrades too

    10.6.8 has improved support for iPv6 and VPN. Both would be perfect for iCloud. iPv6 allows direct access to any internet-enabled device, even behind firewalls and NAT boxes. Great for iCloud syncing. VPN allows secure access to a remote LAN. Great for accessing iCloud from public WiFi hotspots.

    Mac OS X has had iPv6 capability for years. iOS has iPv6 built in and enabled. iCloud's major ingredients are already baked in. Now all Apple needs to do is flip the switch on MobileMe 2.0.

  1. facebook_Colin

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    Joined: Jun 2011


    Improved IPv6?

    I hope this means that a DHCPv6 client is finally coming to the Mac OS. Even Windows has had it since Vista RTM.

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