OS X 10.6.8 build shows upgrade feature for OS X Lion

By on May 30, 2011
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Mac Lion upgrade through App Store all but confirmed


Over the weekend Apple released a third test build for the Mac OS X 10.6.8 to testers. While this upgrade brings a host of new features and stability and performance updates, two new features should be looked at with much applause, as seen first on fscklog.

Firstly, the MacDefender (and related malware) that has been infecting Macs around the globe will finally be dealt with in this latest build’s update. Secondly, this update brings enhancements to “the Mac App Store to get your Mac ready to upgrade to Mac OS X Lion.” Rumors were abundant that Apple may allow OS X Lion to be available as an update option via the Mac App Store, and this “enhancement” in OS X 10.6.8 build all but confirms this notion.

The theory now forming around the net is that Apple may well release OS X Lion on or close to WWDC on June 6th next week. Don’t be surprised when they say, “Surprise! You can download Mac OS X Lion right now!” Perhaps a direct download will also mean a lower price point for customers, as compared to those buying retail discs? We’ll find out more in the coming days, or at WWDC for sure.


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