Following up on recent rumors that suggested the release date for the next version of OS X,10.7 Lion, would be 14th July, 9to5Mac is reporting that Apple Stores have shipments of promotional material destined for a July 13th overnight shipping. This lends further credence to the suggestion that Apple would be launching the new OS on July 14th. The site also reports that Stores could also be in line to receive new Mac models at the same time, namely the 2011 editions of the MacBook Air, the MacBook and the Mac mini. A new Mac Pro may also make an appearance.
The new OS is being exclusively delivered through the Mac App Store rather than boxed versions being offered at the same time. It had recently been suggested that Apple had been holding back on releasing updated Mac models so that they could ship them with Lion pre-installed, which certainly suggests that a July 14th launch could open the floodgates for the new models of Mac.
The new 2011 Macs are expected to launch with Intel Sandy Bridge processors and the high speed Thunderbolt connection. Given the fairly slow trickle of Thunderbolt compatible peripherals, let’s hope that July 14th results in the entire Mac line-up having Thunderbolt compatibility, something that should give Thunderbolt a bit of a kick up the ass.