A tipster has informed 9to5mac that Mac OS X 10.7 “Lion” might be launching this weekend. As unlikely as it seems, it does help explain one major part of previous rumors surrounding a planned celebration for the tenth anniversary of the Apple Retail Store launch. That part is the gigabytes that will have to be downloaded; apparently, that could be the final version of OS X 10.7 “Lion,” which would then be installed onto every Mac on display. That’s what will happen Saturday night, if the tipster is to be believed:
The “gigs of data” for sunday, as far as I can tell from the general consensus around the store and some of my contacts is that we will infact be downloading OS X Lion images and installing on all FOH machines for a Sunday launch. Nothing else fits since all other visual content has already been pulled from the apple servers that we gather content from. Lion is the mutual feeling around the store, even from managers. Speaking of managers, they have been given a general idea about what is happening, but full details will be revealed to them on friday evening.
Considering that 10.7 “Lion” is still very much in beta (currently, there have been three Developer Previews released to registered developers), this has to be taken with a large amount of salt. Also consider that no GM build has yet made it into the hands of developers, which typically happens about a month before the OS is released to the general public.
What could those downloads be? For my part, I’m inclined to think that it will be programs that will need to be installed, as well as promotional videos to try to sell the Macs, iPods, iPhones, and iPads even more (I could see every device being loaded up with the latest commercials from Apple).
Either way, we should know all about it come Sunday.