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Apple retail clues hint products June 7, Lion June 14

updated 10:15 am EDT, Sun June 5, 2011

Apple may have two launches June 7 and 14

Two clues Sunday morning have hinted that Apple may have two product or feature launches in the aftermath of WWDC. The company is expected by a source to have a major "visual update" on June 7 that would include both the usual changes as well as a window change, usually a clue as to a major new campaign. Speculation from 9to5 is that it may represent the start of the back to school sale, although it could also be new AirPort and Time Capsule routers.

Mac OS X Lion could follow soon after, according to tips. Stores are poised to downplay the full software catalog that day, suggesting that it might be pulling Snow Leopard stock. The release would be a surprise that Apple last gave testers Developer Preview 3 over three weeks ago, though Apple had a relatively fast launch for Snow Leopard as well. A direct upgrade to Lion will be available through the Mac App Store this year and would save Apple the trouble of waiting until retail discs could be manufactured and shipped.

Regardless of actual launch plans, Apple is generally assumed to be giving developers a final preview of Lion at WWDC on June 6 before it reaches users. Most of its features are already known, although Apple is known to have hidden references to iCloud under its Castle codename.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Gazoobee

    Joined: Dec 1969


    makes sense

    That they would perhaps allow for downloading Lion before you could even buy it on a disc.

    It's certainly the way that *all* media should go if they want to stop Piracy. So many pirate downloads are made simply because the media moguls want to put out the theatre movie or the disc first, not realising that lots of people don't care about either anymore.

    Maybe Jobs is making a point of showing that this is the way future retail should be.

  1. ggirton

    Joined: Dec 1969


    the only Lion that really counts

    is the one that's on your new Mac.

  1. Kees

    Joined: Dec 1969


    too much iOS

    there's a lot of iOS inspired stuff in Lion that, to me, just seems like a really bad idea for a full-fledged OS. None of these features make me go, wow, I wish I had that already.

    Fullscreen mode, for example, judging from what they did with the latest iPhoto's fullscreen mode, is useless, annoying even. Launchpad and Mission control only sounds useful if you never use more than 10 different applications.
    Having the scroll bar hover and only display when you're moving makes sense on a small screen, but is ridiculous on the larger laptop and desktop screens, and loosing the indicator of where one is on a webpage or in a word document is actually a step back.

    This is the first OS upgrade in years from Apple that I will be in no rush at all to install.

  1. zl9600

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Back to School?

    What are these people smoking? School isn't even OUT for some people.

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