updated 02:45 am EDT, Tue August 23, 2011
Lion providing major sales push to Macs
Apple has quietly updated its unreleased 10.7.2 beta to developers, bringing the build number up to 11C40 and the download size to 730MB. The update is expected to follow along fairly quickly after last week's release of OS X 10.7.1, which improved bugs in Wi-Fi performance and audio out glitches. The company also released beta 8 of its iCloud add-on installer for Lion, which adds pre-release iCloud functionality to developer Macs.
Testers of 10.7.2 have been asked to focus on Airport, AppKit, graphics drivers, the Mac App Store, Mail and Spotlight. The first 10.7.2 beta build surfaced in late July, before developers had seen the 10.7.1 update. The later update is expected to set the stage for the transition from MobileMe to iCloud, which will begin in the fall. Since then, three new releases of 10.7.2 have come out.
Lion's release since late July has apparently spurred some pent-up demand for Macs, with one analyst reporting that he believes Mac sales got a 26 percent boost in July from the combination of Lion's release and updated MacBook Airs and Mac minis. Apple reported that Lion had sold over a million copies just 24 hours after its release.