updated 01:50 pm EDT, Fri July 1, 2011
Apple pushes out finished Lion for developers
Apple through its developer page sent out the finished, or gold master, build of Mac OS X Lion. The 11A511 build should be the one to reach the Mac App Store and possibly a wave of new Macs. No mention has been made of when the OS will be made available to the wider public.
When it does ship, it will cost $29 per person and will also be available in volume licenses that depend on redeeming codes. Lion Server will cost an extra $50 as a bolt-on upgrade, again from the Mac App Store.
The OS primarily brings interface cues from iOS over to the Mac, such as a home screen-like Launchpad to start apps, full-screen apps, and kinetic scrolling on trackpads. iCloud is now a central feature and will automatically sync photos, e-mail, calendars and some files automatically online. The Mac App Store will also ship out of the box for the first time with a new Mac OS release.
Outside of iOS links, streamlined AirDrop local file sharing is coming in the upgrade along with Mission Control, a full-screen overlay that replaces Dashboard, Exposť, and Spaces all at once.