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There have been some curious rumors lately that Apple plans to rush out a gold master for Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, despite many developers complaining of bugs in need of squashing. Cupertino just pushed out a second beta of the next Mac OS X to hopefully alleviate some of their suffering.
MacRumors is reporting that Apple has released Mac OS X 10.7 Lion Developer Preview 2, better known to developers as Build 11A419. In either case, this is the second beta version of the next-generation Mac OS X 10.7 Lion which Apple has proclaimed will hit users’ computers this summer.
Although there hasn’t been a list of changes announced as yet, TechCrunch is reporting that Developer Preview 2 is none other than the “golden master candidate” that it reported about over the weekend, sparking some debate that Apple may be moving too quickly to release Mac OS X 10.7 Lion. It’s widely believed that Apple will release a final release candidate at the upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco from June 6-10, with a public release some time after.
Also available as a standalone download for developers is the Mac OS X Lion Server Developer Preview 2. For the initial beta release, Apple bundled these server components with the general release version, having already announced that Lion Server will be part of every Mac OS X 10.7 Lion package sold. There’s no word on why the company has chosen to unbundle the Server edition for this second beta.
Finally, developers who already have the initial Mac OS X 10.7 Lion beta installed are reporting that Apple has pushed out a minor update through the Software Update mechanism which “will allow them to download updates through the Mac App Store.” That should make life a bit easier, since developer builds tend to be quite large.
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