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OS X Lion May Debut on Refreshed MacBook Airs Tomorrow

There have been rumors since the beginning of July that Apple will roll out a refresh of the MacBook Air. Could OS X Lion being making its first release appearance as well?

We reported at the end of June that there was the potential for new MacBook Airs to arrive in Apple Stores across the country (and online). We have also reported on rumors that there may be memory and SSD upgrades in those models, as well as a CPU bump and the addition of a Thunderbolt port.

With only one day remaining before launch (reportedly), the rumor mill shows no signs of slowing down. Both AppleInsider and 9to5Mac claim that the new MacBook Airs will also come pre-installed with OS X Lion, the next iteration of Apple's Operating System. This might also mean that Lion would be available as a digital download via the online Apple Store. Furthermore, there are rumors that iMacs, Mac Pros, and all MacBook models in inventory at stores now will be loaded with the new OS this evening and will be sold as such starting tomorrow.

For those in the market for a MacBook Air but not ready to lay down the cash for a new model, keep in mind that the Apple Store always has sales of the previous model via the Apple Clearance link once refreshed models are rolled out.

OS X Lion was demonstrated earlier this year showing a merge of the iOS branch with the OS X mainline, and implements several features available on the iPhone and iPad. Fullscreen apps, the Mac App Store, and Launchpad are all expected to be useable features in Lion if it debuts tomorrow as rumored.


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Jerry Myers, 2011-07-19 (Update: 2012-05-26)