During the WWDC keynote, Apple said that Mac OS X Lion will launch in the Mac App Store sometime in July. The event was a software only affair, and not much has been heard regarding new hardware from the Cupertino based company. That changed when we received two different reports from sources that corroborate each other. The sources are independent, but both are connected to Apple in different capacities, and would like to remain anonymous, as you would imagine. We have relied on them in the past, and they claim a specific date for the launch of Lion, and it will be accompanied by a refresh of the MacBook Air line of notebooks.
Sources have indicated to AppleNApps that Apple has an internal launch date of July 19th for Mac OS X Lion and a refresh of the MacBook Airs. This is the target date under which the company is currently operating, though both sources are indicating that things can change. Our sources have just seen indications, and can’t be entirely certain, but if everything goes according to plan there will be a new MacBook Air shipping with Lion starting July 19th.
The basis of Lion is to bring features from iOS to the Mac, and the MacBook Air is the closest blend of Mac OS and iOS. It only makes sense for Apple to highlight Lion with a new set of MacBook Airs, so the indications may prove correct. The main images on the Lion page on Apple’s site are shown running on a MacBook Air. The Air takes cues from the iPad in its construction with solid state storage, instant-on, great standby battery life, as well as lightweight construction. There are multiple rumors to suggest that MacBook Airs will be updated with Intel’s low power consumption Sandy Bridge processors as well as a Thunderbolt port.
There is also speculation the MacBook Airs are ready to launch, and simply waiting on Lion to be ready. The MacBook Air will launch with a Golden Master of Lion, and the GM of Lion should be ready around the 4th of July. Mac OS X Lion will be the seventh version of their flagship operating system, and will only be sold through the Mac App Store for $29.99.