Mac OS X Lion Release Rumor July 14: New MacBook Air Date Too?

Regular readers of OSM will have noticed our excitement over the last few months about the upcoming Apple MacBook Air refresh for 2011 and we’ve been keeping you informed with all the news and speculation. We recently told how the refresh was being seemingly held back so that the new MacBook Airs would arrive running on the new operating system due in July, Mac OS X Lion. The good news is that we now have a release date rumor of July 14 for Lion. If accurate there’s no reason to think we might not also see the new MacBook Air release on the same day.

We’ve published countless stories now about the next MacBook Airs, asking what features you’d like to see, or price you’d be willing to pay for example. Recently we’ve told readers how major retailers such as Best Buy and Amazon were very low on stocks of the current MacBook Air, signaling a release soon, news of the new Intel chips and Thunderbolt technology expected, speculation about a black aluminum finish option and most recently we told how new clues hinted at a mid-July release so this latest news fits in with that expectation.

Firstly Mark Gurman over on 9to5Mac tells how the golden master version of Mac OS X Lion has now been seeded to developers before it’s public release. It’s available from the Apple Mac Developer website as build number A11A511. Following that Gurman has posted another article on 9to5Mac about a rumor of a July 14 release date for Mac OS X Lion from what are described as “reliable sources.” Mac OS X Lion will be available on release at $29.99 or as a server version from the Mac App Store at $49.99. As Gurman points out the July 14 release date backs up those previous rumors of a July 14 release date for the MacBook Air so it’s all looking pretty promising for those of you who have waited patiently for the new MacBook Air to arrive.

There is a cautionary note though as Gurman warns that sometimes the release dates for new operating systems are deferred because of last minute bugs so let’s hope that’s not the case this time round. Are you waiting for the next MacBook Air to be released and do you think it’s likely to arrive on the same date as Mac OS X Lion? Let us know with your comments.