What does that mean? Lion! Apple is prepping the online portal with images and software showcasing their next-generation operating system, Mac OS X 10.7 – known as Lion. The new OS is Apple’s follow-up to 10.6.7 Snow Leopard, and represents a number of changes to the OS and how it’s distributed.
We can expect the Mac App Store to be similarly updated with a download link for the new software – Apple has declared that this software portal is the only way customers will be able to upgrade to OS X Lion. The download will clock in somewhere around 4 gigs and reportedly won’t even require a reboot to install. The best part? It’s only $30.
Anything else is more speculative, but we can very likely expect new MacBook Airs. The iMac won’t be updated (aside from shipping with OS X Lion instead of OS X Snow Leopard) since it was just updated back in May. The Mac Mini has a reasonable chance of getting updated to support Thunderbolt and new CPUs, as it has been a while since the little Mac that could has seen much in the way of Cupertino love.
The company has already updated the system graphics on the store site:
It’s unknown whether the Mac Pro systems will be updated, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see a few new configurations hit the street. Currently, some of the iMac systems can outclass the expensive Mac Pros in terms of performance and firepower, and as the latter are used in a number of production environments, there are no doubt more than a few people looking to see some boost in specs. It’s very likely we’ll also see some new Thunderbolt-sporting Apple Cinema Displays, as Apple already managed to leak those on their website.
Regardless of what rolls out, we’ll be here with you to cover it all!