With WWDC on the horizon, it’s to be expected that Apple is ramping up development on OS X Lion in an attempt to get ready for its release this summer.

Anyone who’s taken the betas for a spin in the last couple of months knows that the software still has quite a few bugs buried in the operating system. The bugs are not exactly surprising, considering Lion is still a developer preview. But, considering the new rumor on the street suggesting that Apple’s already taking steps to prepare the “Golden Master” version of Lion for distribution, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t surprised.

TechCrunch is reporting that the next developer preview offered up through the Mac App Store could potentially be the first Golden Master candidate of OS X Lion. The “candidate” designation is an important one. Essentially Apple is telling us that the OS is close to being done, but some bugs and patches may be introduced before the operating system actually ships this summer.

If we can take anything from this news it’s that OS X Lion seems to be on schedule and could arrive alongside WWDC this year.

Article Via TechCrunch

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