Media event set for September 9, launch likely ~10 days later.
Booting OS X Lion GM: No Welcome Video, New Introduction to Scrolling
One staple of Mac OS X installations over the past several versions has been the welcome video that displays at first boot, displaying an animation of the word "Welcome" in a number of different languages and set to the song "Exodus Honey" by Honeycut [iTunes link]:
Unfortunately for fans of the video, neither the previous welcome video nor a new one appears to be included in the GM version of OS X Lion. While a welcome video could conceivably still be added at the last minute, previous OS X releases have seen the video included in GM seeds.
Instead, OS X Lion boots straight into Setup Assistant to help users get up and running. And one new addition to Setup Assistant is an introduction to Multi-Touch scrolling, offering users a glimpse at the enhanced Multi-Touch features included in the new operating system.
The text and image are customized depending on the input device being used, such as a Magic Mouse or built-in trackpad.
OS X Lion is set to be released to the public later this month and will be available exclusively through the Mac App Store for $29.99.