Apple To Ship Mac OS X Lion And New MacBook Airs On July 19th

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.

105 Comments on "Apple To Ship Mac OS X Lion And New MacBook Airs On July 19th"

  1. Tim Diener June 29, 2011 at 6:10 AM -

    My calendar is marked!

  2. Don Williams June 29, 2011 at 3:06 PM -

    I just hope that when the next MBA arrives, it will also arrive with its back lit keyboard reinstated.

    • gregord June 29, 2011 at 4:43 PM -

      Unlikely to see the back lit keyboard again. It was never a feature users cared much about, used a tiny bit of extra battery life, and is unnecessary in all but a few corner cases (completely dark room + mostly dark screen) I have found even in dark rooms the screen almost always has enough light to illuminate the keyboard. It helps that the keys are dark and the lettering is white and fairly reflective. In summary, back lit keyboards are not important to 99% of the customers out there. If you care, either get a different laptop or learn to touch type, I mean seriously. how often do you need to look at the keys?

      • Artie June 29, 2011 at 7:00 PM -

        I use the backlit keyboard every night.

      • Wxdg June 29, 2011 at 9:48 PM -

        I am just waiting for the backlit keyboard. That is why i did not buy the last rev. If this Air rev does not have it, I will wait for the next or when the MBP looses the optical drive. I’d rather the Air gain this essential feature (I guess I am in the 1% that considers it VERY important)
        Keeping my fingers crossed…

      • Kiowavt June 30, 2011 at 5:53 AM -

        Also waiting for lit keyboard. Think you are judging based on you, what we might in stats call a sample of one. 🙂

      • Johan Håkan June 30, 2011 at 6:10 AM -

        I am also holding out hoping that the keyboard is back lit. My two year old MBP sparkles it’s backlit keyboard every evening, and I love it!

  3. Jackie June 29, 2011 at 3:53 PM -

    It’s been a looonnnggg wait!

  4. Carl June 30, 2011 at 4:15 AM -

    Sandy Bridge and Lion and hopefully an even nicer air…I’m ready to convert from my dying PC! Hopefully the price will be lower and the product will be available to buy in July.

  5. Clive Sinclair July 18, 2011 at 6:45 PM -

    Hope it is 19th, but fed up of sites predicting previous dates – just to be wrong. At least it has to be in the next 12 days or so.