Apple has reportedly already deployed Mac OS X 10.7 Lion internally

“Back in October of last year, Apple gave an official sneak peek of Lion and stated that it would launch in ‘summer 2011,'” MG Siegler reports for TechCrunch. “The first official day of summer is exactly 4 months away. And yet, Apple has been largely silent about the new OS since that preview four months ago. We now have the Mac App Store which we know will be a key ingredient, and likely points to some other things about the OS as well. But there has been no official update out of Apple about Lion. So where does it stand?”

Siegler reports, “Well, first of all, from what we’re hearing, Apple is now using it internally. That they’re testing it shouldn’t be surprising, but it’s apparently being widely used internally… And while we already know some of the new features thanks to Apple’s preview, there are still a few surprises, apparently. One of these is a much-anticipated UI overhaul. But that means that developers are going to need to be ready when it rolls out. And along those lines, we’re hearing that a developer beta should begin soon.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]


        1. I also remember Johnny Dangerously…”You fargin sneaky bastage. I’m gonna take your dwork. I’m gonna nail it to the wall. I’m gonna crush your boils in a meat grinder. I’m gonna cut off your arms. I’m gonna shove ’em up your icehole. Dirty son-a-ma-batches.”

    1. I hear the sound of *DING* in the air. I bet you’re correct.

      My expectation is that Lion is a bells-and-whistles sort of update. The major update was the Leopard series. Lion most likely is kewl stuff running on top of the Snow Leopard base. In which case, there won’t be any major revisions required from developers for current Mac software.

      Except of course Adobe…

  1. We don’t need another OS, even though this IS the OS we’re looking for…

    Lion can stroll out of his den at a leisurely pace, yawn a little and then carry on. Snow Leopard still rocks.

  2. @Peter Blood
    I disagree. Even though Snow Leopard is the best OS on the market, doesn’t mean Apple shouldn’t continue to innovate.

    In fact, I can think of plenty OS features and Apps that need updating that are usually tied to the OS.

    Start with Mail
    • widescreen preview (without Widemail or Letterbox)
    • more stationary templates
    • Auto sigs should link to “From” addresses, even for aliases (Currently, you have to manually change the auto sig if you have different sigs for aliases on your MobileMe account)
    • Standardized palettes that dock together like Adobe CS for Character, color, etc and the ability to choose basic features from drop downs in email message without opening floating palettes.
    • An optional combined view for Mail, Address Book and iCal or at least a tabbed view like Outlook

  3. I really hope that Apple realises how much the GUI really sucks in terms of modern workflow. Just look at Pathfinder or Quicksilver, to name a few. And the fact that one still can’t use proper tagging (like delicious) within the finder feels kind of mediaeval.

    1. Well, ‘sucks’ is a relative term. The Mac OS X GUI remains profoundly more friendly and efficient than Windows 7 (personal experience!). But there are plenty of examples of how to streamline it further without the need to buy and run a lot of add-on processes. I can name TEN OS utilities that should be incorporated into Mac OS X in order to improve usability.

      Example: Why the hell did Apple ever drop WindowShade? Bless Unsanity for continuing to develop it.

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