updated 11:10 pm EDT, Sat July 23, 2011
iCloud may require Lion updates
Apple's upcoming launch of iCloud may need an update to Mac OS X Lion two versions ahead. A claim late Saturday has supposedly shown an "iCloud for OS X Lion beta 5" in the developer channel that would need the 10.7.2 update to run. The BGR source's notes had the far-term update being available solely for the sake of testing iCloud.
The update hasn't been confirmed, and some developers claim not to have seen 10.7.2 available. Its release would nonetheless be logical, since the shipping build of Lion still depends on MobileMe and is structured around it. Some of iCloud's changes are OS-level and wouldn't necessarily be addressable by a minor component update.
If 10.7.2 adds iCloud, it implies that Apple is certain it will have a 10.7.1 release within the next few weeks. Apple has regularly released 10.x.1 updates soon after the launch of a major OS revision to catch bugs that weren't obstacles to shipping or which were only caught once the software had been released. A 10.7.1 beta seed hasn't yet surfaced for developers but could be imminent if the source is authentic.