Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 20th Oct 2010 19:02 UTC
Apple So, Apple held its usual autumn press get-together just now, and after a few rather uninspiring ones (to me, at least), they finally managed to blow me away, with the new MacBook Air (especially the 11.6" variant). They also gave a sneak peek at Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, which has... An App Store. An App Store Apple is going to open on Snow Leopard within 90 days.
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Steve Jobs listed the different felidae (cats) ascribed to the different versions; these amounted up to 7, with "Lion" being number 8 (note that the version number is NOT 10.8, because there first was an OSX 10.0)

This is already plenty of reason to assume that in the logical line of using felidae as names for the OSX series, it will be the follow-up to 10.6 and not the first one in a new series (i.e., 11.0).

Another reason to assume this one will be 10.7 is because of the way Apple treats its life cycles: they alternate releases between features and functionality. Snow Leopard was really aimed at consolidating the system's backbone, without many noticeable changes to the users. It was to be expected that Lion would be focused on adding new features.

Thirdly, and this should be obvious enough: the amount of "major changes" is not sufficient to say the next release is fit for being the first one of a brand new series; it isn't very different from Snow Leopard in look and feel. Personally I believe the Mac OS 11 series will be all-Cocoa, 64-bit-only, SSD-only, and ZFS-based, and I deem Apple keen enough to already have a team working on that for quite some time now.

In summary: there is no need to assume they will call it anything other than 10.7 and you can derive that from every aspect of the version's place in the system's life cycle.

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