RUMOR: Apple’s Mac OS X Lion nearing Golden Master; public release as early as WWDC in June

“Apple is gearing up to deploy an OS X Lion update to developers that they may be classifying as the ‘GM1’ release, we’ve heard,” MG Siegler reports for TechCrunch.

“Apple has been working through many OS X Lion bugs and performance issues as they move towards the stated Summer release date,” Siegler reports. “Given that GM candidates are already nearing, they definitely appear to be on schedule.”

Siegler reports, “That would still mean an early Summer release — and potentially one before Summer technically even begins. After all, early June would line up nicely with the June 5 to 9 timeframe that Apple’s WWDC event is likely to take place this year.”

Read more in the full article here.

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


  1. With the exception of 10.0 and Tiger, which hit the market in Spring, all OS X releases have come out in the Fall.

    But just as Einstein came in and left with Halley’s Comet, I suppose OS could come and go with Spring.

    I want to see birds next. It’s time Apple left the ground and took to the air. First up Phoenix.

  2. June looks like it’s an eternity away. How long can they hold off releasing something that is already at the GM1 stage today?

    Expect another special event, nicely timed to counteract any expected stockmarket manipulation. After all, Apple needs regular announcements, each of which should be amazing and big enough for the public to keep noticing (and stay away from the wannabes).

  3. All I want is stability from the OS, no matter whether it is a release, update, upgrade or whatever.

    10.6.5 caused me some weird freezes, so I reverted to 10.6.4 until 10.6.7 and that worked. Unless you have nearly unlimited screw-around time, you often can’t track down crap and corruption.

    May the Lion be truly clawless, with no hangups, so to speak, to catch us users in the wrong spot.

    1. Yeah upgrades are a mixed blessing all right. Just when your current OS settles down another comes in, shakes things up all over again and the process starts anew. And often software upgrades have to accompany OS upgrades, the cycle of which makes me weary.

      Personally I think software developers should be required to make sure the last couple versions of their software run on the next OS upgrade. Like Adobe’s CS4 & CS5 should easliy run on Lion. Not another excuse to jump to CS6 and charging huge upgrade fees just to run on Lion.

      That said I can’t wait for the next version of Fnial Cut Pro!

  4. OT: upgraded 10.5 and 10.6 through all iterations without a single issue so far…
    On-Topic: roll-on native 3rd-party TRIM support and whatever other goodies Lion has in store, be it Summer or Autumn release. 🙂

  5. Snow Leopard has a few nices touches compared to Leopard, but is also (by far!) the most problematic OS X release in recent years, imho. Whenever Lion gets here, let’s hope it doesn’t bring us more of the same!

  6. If by “nearing,” you mean within the next six months, I agree. Otherwise, there is no way Apple will lock things down so early by going “golden master” so soon. And it is unlikely Apple will release Lion before WWDC.

    There is no rush… Apple will probably show it at WWDC in near final form, then release it about August.

  7. My friend just bought her first Mac. She was waiting for Lion but could not wait any longer. For her sake, I hope the release is far enough away that she can feel happy about her decision.

    Although, usually Apple has traditionally offered discounted upgrades if the computer was purchased recently.

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