Reports have been around since early last week that Apple may be prepping its Apple retail stores in order to release Mac OS X Lion later this week. A report from 9to5Mac mentions that Apple is preparing it’s employees for such an event in the stores and to be ready to assist customers with questions they may have. Rumours have pegged Mac OS X Lion for a July 13th release which is usually not Apple-like in terms of major software upgrades.
We’ve heard from a few overseas sources that Apple Retail stores are planning ‘overnights’ on July 13th. Overnights are generally where Apple refreshes store displays and trains up management on new products. Sometimes it is big stuff and sometimes it is insignificant (at least to us).
AppleInsider also reported that there are overnights scheduled for the release and that Apple Store employees are being told to have the RAM upgraded on all Macs in the store, possibly preparing for the imminent July release. Apple is releasing Mac OS X Lion in the Mac App Store, which will be available for $29. This will make it easier for users who do not have an Apple Store in their area and are looking to upgrade.
Apple, alongside the release of Mac OS X Lion may also refresh the Mac mini, MacBook Air and the Mac Pro which are due for refreshes. Apple Store employees may also be urged to extend hours and curb vacations in preparation for the release. Stay tuned, we’ll keep you updated on Mac OS X Lion.