The latest version of the Mac operating system, Lion, is now available in the Mac App Store. The release of Lion was announced last month at Apple’s WWDC keynote event though an exact date for the release had not been specified at that time. It was just during Apple’s quarterly earnings call yesterday that CFO Peter Oppenheimer revealed that Lion would be available today.
Lion is the best version of OS X yet, and we’re thrilled that users around the world can download it starting today,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “Lion makes upgrading a Mac easier than ever before; just launch the Mac App Store, buy Lion with your iTunes account, and the download and install process will begin automatically.
Lion includes over 250 new features compared to Snow Leopard, the last version of Mac OS X, including multi-touch gestures, full-screen apps, a new application and window manager called Mission Control, several updates to Mail and more.
Lion is currently only available as a download from the Mac App Store at the price of $29. Your Mac must be running OS 10.6.6 (Snow Leopard) or higher in order to update to Lion. A broadband connection is highly recommended to download the update since it weighs in at 4GB. Apple states in its press release that Lion will be available for purchase for $69 on a USB thumb drive in August at Apple retail stores.
Apple also announced several product updates today, including updated MacBook Air models with Intel’s Core i5 and i7 processors and Thunderbolt connectivity as well as updated Mac mini models and a 27-inch Cinema Display with Thunderbolt connectivity.