Mac OS X Lion Now Official: Release Download Requirements & More

We’ve been writing for many weeks about the impending release of the new Mac OS X Lion operating system and the expected refresh of the MacBook Air and earlier today gave some leaked specs for the new Air line. Now they have both been officially released and we want to give you some news about Mac OS X Lion, now merely referred to as OS X Lion, and the fact that it’s available to download now.

When the Apple Store went down earlier today we knew that OS X Lion would be available later and it seems an awful lot of people have a lot of very positive things to say about the new operating system. You can download Lion (Mac 10.7) if you have a Mac running Snow Leopard (10.6.8) by heading to the Mac App Store and your Mac needs to be powered by a Core i3, i5, i7 or Intel Core 2 Duo processor, according to Zach Honig over on Engadget. It also requires 2GB of RAM. Honiq points out that from experience with the pre-release version of Lion it could take more than an hour to download the 4GB OS so be patient. The upgrade process is then likely to take a further 20 minutes. You can check out the app at this link here and the price is $29.99.

Over on Mashable, Christina Warren writes about the new availability of Lion and the fact that it has over 250 new features. Warren is very positive about the new OS and notes that she has been using the final developer version for several weeks and would “have a hard time returning to the old Mac OS 10.6. Some of the features include new Multi-touch gestures, Mission Control to show everything that’s currently running, Launchpad for your apps and an improved Mail app.

According to the official press release, which you can see at the Engadget link above, Apple senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing, Philip Schiller, said, “Lion is the best version of OS X yet, and we’re thrilled that users around the world can download it starting today. Lion makes upgrading a Mac easier than ever before; just launch the Mac App Store, buy Lion with your iTunes account, and the download and install process will begin automatically.” If you don’t have access to broadband at home Apple also says you can download Lion at Apple retail stores. Also a USB thumb drive for Lion can be purchased later in August from the Apple Store for $69.

Are you already heading to the Mac App Store to download OS X Lion? Let us know how you get on with the download and what you think of the latest Apple operating system by sending us your comments.