Is this really the Golden Master?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by Alex Hobbs, Mar 31, 2011.

  1. Alex Hobbs macrumors member

    Apr 23, 2009
    Just from people that have it installed, are the rumours from TechCrunch true regarding it being a golden master?

    It seems like Apple have a long way to go regarding what they've posted in known issues, so how can it be a golden master already?
  2. ExnomenDei macrumors regular

    Mar 2, 2010
    What part of 'developer preview 2' do you not understand?
  3. Alex Hobbs thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 23, 2009
    No need to be rude...

    Was just wondering if that means it is already featured-locked.
  4. roadbloc macrumors G3


    Aug 24, 2009
    As it is just a Developer Preview (version 2), it is far too early to tell.
  5. rorschach macrumors 68020


    Jul 27, 2003
    GM would mean this is the final, shipping version. So no. I don't think we'll get the GM til June...maybe at the WWDC.
  6. antmarobel macrumors 6502


    May 8, 2009
    No, I don't think so...I've found more annoying bugs on this released than in the previous
  7. mrblack927 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 19, 2008
    I hear a lot of confusion about this. I don't know why TechCrunch said what they did, but by all accounts, there is no golden master right now. This is just a developer preview. After this there will (probably) be betas. And after that there will eventually be a golden master or two.

    Apple uses the term "golden master" uniquely, but it's basically what most software companies would call a "release candidate". The goal is to make only one RC. You release a RC build when you legitimately believe that the product is complete and this is the build you plan on releasing to the public. It's the last phase in testing. You let your testers try it out and see if there are any show-stopping flaws, if not, the "release candidate" becomes the "release".

    When the GM is ready, it will be released to developers and labeled as such, and the public release will follow very shortly after. I don't know why TechCrunch is claiming this is an "internal GM", maybe they know something I don't, but as it stands it seems they are just causing confusion.
  8. Tmelon macrumors 65816

    Feb 26, 2011
    I think you mean Golden Master Candidate, and no, this is not. GM Candidates generally don't have a list of known problems. It just means that they fixed everything they know of and it is feature complete.
  9. Mr. Retrofire macrumors 603

    Mr. Retrofire

    Mar 2, 2010
    Right. Adobe and other big software manufacturers need at least > 6 months to optimize their software (much more than just InDesign and Photoshop) for the new OS. Apple probably wants to optimize Lion for Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge (via Intels Mac OS X compilers, not just via the GCC), which means that we will see Lion GM/RTM in January/February 2012 and Lion final in March/April 2012. This would make more sense, because it reduces additional development costs for Apple, after Ivy Bridge comes out.
  10. Duff-Man macrumors 68030


    Dec 26, 2002
    Albuquerque, NM

    Duff-Man says....I suspect that someone just misunderstood or misinterpreted something they heard or were told. Perhaps what was said regarding which build to release as the 2nd preview got twisted into being *the* GM release....oh yeah!
  11. kuwisdelu macrumors 65816

    Jan 13, 2008
    To put it simply, TechCrunch was plain out wrong and don't want to admit it.
  12. macmikey2 macrumors regular


    Jul 6, 2008
    West Chester, PA
    Techcrunch is the LAST place I would go, even after deciding to not look any further, I still would not go there or read anything they claim.

    Just my opinion.
  13. smugDrew macrumors member

    Mar 31, 2011
    in a dwelling
    :D if it were GM, wouldn't Apple call it that?!!

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