updated 05:30 pm EDT, Fri July 1, 2011
Mac OS X Lion and new Air may ship same day
A pair of new tips have narrowed down the launch of the just completed Lion to July 14 with a possible surprise in store. Although basically finished, the OS should wait about two weeks to at least screen for last-minute bugs. While there weren't any anticipated risks, 9to5 heard it could be pushed back if a significant problem shows up before release day.
The two-week interval may also be to coordinate a release of a new MacBook Air due to show the same week. Apple is rumored to be launching the ultraportables in mid-July and to be holding off on Mac releases until the software was ready. It would need at least some lead time to load systems with Lion before sending them out.
Other systems are rumored to be arriving soon afterwards or even at the same time, such as white MacBooks as well as Mac minis and Mac Pros.
Apple has only ever given a generic July release window for Lion. As it was still releasing developer preview updates even in mid-June, though, it wasn't expected to be ready for the start of July.