Mac OSX 10.7 Lion is available now. It was released 20 July 2011. There were reports, for example from the OS X Daily website, that Lion will be available as early as 14 July.
Lion is only be available from the Mac App Store. The cost in the U.S.A. is USD$29.99. In Australia the cost is AUD$31.99.
To upgrade, you need:
- Mac OS X Snow Leopard installed – at least version 10.6.6. (The current Snow Leopard release is 10.6.8).
- An Intel Core 2 Duo or later CPU in your Mac – note the ‘2’. Macs with Core Duo, G3, G4 or G5 chips can’t be upgraded. Intel i3, i5, i7 or Xeon chips will be fine.
- 2GB+ of memory.
- 4GB of free hard disk space. (The Apple App Store says the download is 3.49GB.)
AirDrop is one of the features that I’m really looking forward to. It let’s MacBooks running Lion very easily and securely share files – without having to join the same wireless network, and all the usual messing ’round.
For more information on Lion, see Mac OS X Lion: Useful Features, Compatibility, Upgrade Requirements, Install Time.
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