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Hard disk drives bearing the Golden Master version of Mac OS X 10.7 Lion have arrived at Apple's retail stores ahead of an imminent launch, according to a new report.

MacRumors said on Monday it had confirmed that Apple retail stores "have begun receiving final copies" of Lion. The company has reportedly shipped the OS on hard drives intended for store demo computers.

The "Golden Master" build of Lion was first seeded to developers on July 1. Lion, which contains hundreds of new features, will be the first OS X release to be distributed through the Mac App Store, where it will sell for $29.99.

Proven sources indicated to AppleInsider earlier Monday that Apple will release Lion alongside new Thunderbolt-equipped MacBook Airs as early as Wednesday. According to one person familiar with the matter, the products will be released at 8:30 a.m. Eastern on Wednesday.

Apple began retail preparations for Mac OS X Lion earlier this month. Though various reports had suggested that Lion would arrive last week, rumors then emerged that last minute issues with the upgrade had pushed it back to the week of July 21.



In addition to high-speed Thunderbolt ports, the new MacBook Air models are expected to include Intel's new Sandy Bridge processors and minimum RAM and SSD specs of 4GB and 128GB respectively.

Apple uncharacteristically tipped its hand last week by revealing images of an upcoming Thunderbolt LED Cinema Display, though no information was given regarding the release date for the new displays. Also, the Mac Mini and Mac Pro have been rumored for a release in late July or early August, though further evidence of an upcoming release has been scant.
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Wow this confirms a rumor I heard somewhere that it will be released soon.
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Sounds Legit

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Edited for truth.

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Say *your* sorry.

BTW, I suppose the HDD is to get identical deployment across the store cloned from just one disk. Or could it be they have to swap the HDDs. Better still they came in thunderbolt-equipped external HDD for quick booting without installing/upgrading a new OS. See, no downloading from the inter-web.
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I've been running it on an 17" A1229 model MB Pro with 4 gigs of RAM and it runs great, after a fresh install though. There was some slowness when I upgraded from SL.

I've been wanting to replace my MB Pro for Lion, but will probably wait until 10.8 (Sabretooth...lol).
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I wonder if they have a LAN-based copy that the Mac App Store is intelligent enough to access if a customer is using the Store's WiFi to get the 4GB app in a couple minutes.
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I've been running it ...and it runs great, after a fresh install though.

That's been my experience too. Fresh install Lion if you can.
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That's been my experience too. Fresh install Lion if you can.

I know it has been discussed, but how exactly do you do an erase and install with a download OS update?
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I know it has been discussed, but how exactly do you do an erase and install with a download OS update?

http://osxdaily.com/2011/07/08/make-...b-flash-drive/


Make sure you back up....
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http://osxdaily.com/2011/07/08/make-...b-flash-drive/


Make sure you back up....

Thanks for the link. Instead of using a flash drive, would an external HD also suffice? Thanks!
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Say *your* sorry.

BTW, I suppose the HDD is to get identical deployment across the store cloned from just one disk. Or could it be they have to swap the HDDs. Better still they came in thunderbolt-equipped external HDD for quick booting without installing/upgrading a new OS. See, no downloading from the inter-web.

They should have to download their copies from the Mac App store like the rest of us peons.
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Thanks for the link. Instead of using a flash drive, would an external HD also suffice? Thanks!

Not that I know of, but you can use target disk mode.
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Not that I know of, but you can use target disk mode.

You can use any partition you want. USB flash drive, USB HDD, USB SSD, SD Card, DVD, internal HDD partition, etc.
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So, if a developer already has a GM copy of Lion on his/her Mac, do they have to pay the $30 to be legit in Apple's eyes or are they already set (because they are a developer)?
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So, if a developer already has a GM copy of Lion on his/her Mac, do they have to pay the $30 to be legit in Apple's eyes or are they already set (because they are a developer)?

If the build number is different, you'd probably want to upgrade anyway. I'd imagine if the builds are the same, you'd be fine.

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So, if a developer already has a GM copy of Lion on his/her Mac, do they have to pay the $30 to be legit in Apple's eyes or are they already set (because they are a developer)?

Funny you should ask that question. I was wondering the same thing.

Since all of the Snow Leopard versions were available on the ADC, I presume we also get access to Lion and Lion Server. However, developers must still pay attention to the licensing agreement...namely, no commercial use and technically it's supposed to be for development purposes only, not daily use.
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Hmm... I'll give it 3 or 4 months before installing. Always best to let the early adopters suffer first.

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That's been my experience too. Fresh install Lion if you can.


I concur.

Upgrading from Snow Leopard slowed me down, even if I repaired the permissions.

I created a Mac OS X Lion Install DVD with Toast Titanium, then backed up my computer one last time with Time Machine. Using System Preferences, I set the start up disk to be the Mac OS X Lion Install DVD and restarted the Mac with the Mac OS X Lion Install DVD. I erased the Macintosh HD and installed Mac OS X Lion. Finally, I used my last Time Machine backup to recover my files.

Please note that Time Machine from Mac OS X Lion does not recognize your previous backups from Snow Leopard, so that your first backup will cover the entirety of your Macintosh HD. In my case, I had to erase my Snow Leopard TimeMachine backups to make room for the new Lion TimeMachine backup.

All is fine.


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If they don't release a hard copy of this OS, I'm probably not going to upgrade until I absolutely must...
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Woo! Can't wait for this! Hope the new Macbook Airs live up to rumors and don't disappoint!
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Hmm... I'll give it 3 or 4 months before installing. Always best to let the early adopters suffer first.

Good thought.

For that reason, I'll wait to buy my MBA.
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If they don't release a hard copy of this OS...

So you're still ignoring absolutely everything that Apple has said, then?

There is no hard copy unless you burn one yourself.

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I hope they didn't go through Canada Post.
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It must surely be out in the next 24hrs.

Because of the way you buy it, more people will be doing "upgrade installs" than in past OS X releases. I sure hope they've got that upgrade script debugged with every single edge case catered for!
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Good thought.

For that reason, I'll wait to buy my MBA.

It would be interesting to know how long Apple's internal manufacturing tweaking cycle is.

Not the time to the next refresh, but the time from when hardware goes out, they discover some minor glitches not worth admitting, then fix them and the next run of macbooks comes out.

I bought one of the first unibody macbook 13"s and I'm sure it's mechanically buggier than everyone else's.

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Woo! Can't wait for this! Hope the new Macbook Airs live up to rumors and don't disappoint!

I hope they can run the user interface.

The ones I looked at at in the Apple Store were so slow, there was a definite wait when moving just from record to record - in iTunes lists of music and even in the Finder from file to file. It really put me off as I'm keen for a super-light Macbook.

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The ones I looked at at in the Apple Store were so slow, there was a definite wait when moving just from record to record - in iTunes lists of music and even in the Finder from file to file. It really put me off as I'm keen for a super-light Macbook.

Are you sure you are talking about third-generation MBAs (released in 2010)? They're super-fast when it comes to iTunes and file browsing thanks to their solid-state storage. I know for sure because my wife has one and it feels snappier than my 13" Core i5 MBP.
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Are you sure you are talking about third-generation MBAs (released in 2010)? They're super-fast when it comes to iTunes and file browsing thanks to their solid-state storage. I know for sure because my wife has one and it feels snappier than my 13" Core i5 MBP.

I don't see how he can be talking about anything but a MBA with a 1.8" HDD. If you have to process a lot of data the 2010 MBAs will be slower than a MB or MBP, but for file access they quite fast, and should be even faster with Lion since I've heard that Finder has been rewritten to take advantage of GCD and OpenCL. Also, iTunes 10.5 is now Cocoa and 64-bit.
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Also, iTunes 10.5 is now Cocoa and 64-bit.

But Lion ships with iTunes 10.3.1 which is still a horribly bloated Carbon application.
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But Lion ships with iTunes 10.3.1 which is still a horribly bloated Carbon application.

1) They will change when they have the next iPod/iPhone special event, which I think will be at the end of Summer/early Autumn.

2) It should still open immediately on the MBA. iTunes as always opened in about 1 second on my Intel MLC X25 G2 SSD.

3) It's still "bloated' in version 10.5 as I understand people's definition of the term. I don't think its speed and efficiency will change that notion as long as you sync via iTunes for all your iDevices.
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They should have to download their copies from the Mac App store like the rest of us peons.

Absolutely! Why don't they just do it like they have told us to do it? Show us how easy and simple it is. This seems a little odd to me, why not just download it from apple's very own big, white, puffy cloud? Way to go, Steve
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Also, the Mac Mini and Mac Pro have been rumored for a release in late July or early August, though further evidence of an upcoming release has been scant.

Mr.X released part numbers for the MBA, Mac Mini and Macbook. I'd expect all three to launch tomorrow with Lion.

The Mac Pro all depends on Apple's access to the Xeon E5 chips. It's kind of the odd one out in the whole Apple lineup. I suspect October/November with the iPhone in September.
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Absolutely! Why don't they just do it like they have told us to do it? Show us how easy and simple it is. This seems a little odd to me, why not just download it from apple's very own big, white, puffy cloud? Way to go, Steve

Sending out the GM to the stores on physical media being more secure is more than likely the reason for this before the public release. Then too, there may be some extra goodies along for the ride.
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