How soon will Macs ship with Lion

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by el-John-o, Jan 27, 2011.

  1. macrumors 65816

    Nov 29, 2010
    Hey all,

    I'm gonna pick up a Macbook fairly soon, so my question is (yes, I know nobody knows for sure, which is why I'm asking the folks at Macrumors), will Apple ship lion the day lion is released on new Macs? I would assume so, but what about hardware refreshes? I'm inclined to think that when they release Lion, they will include hardware refreshes for the new Macs that run Lion, what say you?
  2. macrumors G4

    Oct 14, 2005
    What typically happens at Apple Stores is that the day the new OS is released, all existing inventory will be opened and an OS upgrade disc is added.

    At some point after that, new stock arrives with Lion pre-installed, but the store has to sell through existing stock where the discs were inserted first.

    AFAIK, there hasn't been a hardware refresh at the same time a new OS was released.
  3. macrumors 6502


    Jan 22, 2011
    South Central PA
    If it s due in the summer... lets say July 1... if you buy a machine on the day of release, you will get a machine with a "Drop-in" kit which you can use to upgrade or completely reinstall. The machines already installed can take a month or so... unless they do a release of a new machine at the same time, then that particular machine would most likely have 10.7 freshly installed.
  4. macrumors 68000

    Feb 13, 2009
    United Kingdom
    Its been more often theyve released Macs with future OSes in mind. For instance the G5, which shipped with a custom 10.2 build which had G5 support sort of bolted on till 10.3 turned up, and the MacBook Pros which came with 10.5 but were designed for 10.6 (not as significantly, but they were a little more 10.6 oriented)

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