Readiness for Mac OS X Lion: OS X 10.6.8 Download Now

We’ve been bringing you all the news and developments for Apple’s Mac OS X Lion since it was announced at WWDC earlier this month and recently told how the MacBook Air refresh seems to have been delayed until the release of the new operating system. We have news that Mac OS X 10.6.8, probably the final update for Snow Leopard, is available for download now and part of the update gets ready for OS X Lion.

The new Lion OS (10.7) is due for release next month priced very competitively at $29 from the Apple App Store, has major new features and has received high praise. However the Mac OS X 10.6.8 Snow Leopard update became available last night and Apple’s support website states that it will bring, “enhancements to the Mac App Store to get your Mac ready to upgrade to Mac OS X Lion,” according to Michael Ide over on ITProPortal.

Other benefits from the 10.6.8 update include minor bug fixes and also increased protection against Mac Defender malware, advanced IPv6 and VPN support and more. You can see a summary and a full list of what’s included in Apple’s official release notes here, along with how to update your system.

Are you heading off to download Mac OS X 10.6.8 now, in preparation for OS X Lion? Do you agree that the low price of Lion is extremely competitive? Let us know with your comments.