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Apple Preparing to Seed Developer Builds of OS X 10.7.5

With the public release of OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion coming next month, some have wondered whether the current OS X 10.7.4 will be the final maintenance update for OS X Lion. OS X 10.7.4 was released to the public in early May, and the timeline would be tight for releasing another update prior to the debut of Mountain Lion.

AppleInsider now reports that Apple is preparing to begin seeding builds of a new OS X 10.7.5 to developers in the coming days. No details on the upcoming release have yet been revealed, as the first sign of impending developer builds typically comes from Apple's developer programs simply posting new discussion forums related to the releases.

The new Retina MacBook Pro is currently shipping with a special build of OS X 10.7.4 to include Retina-capable versions of core OS X apps, although Retina capabilities have been showing with increasing visibility throughout the various versions of OS X Lion and now developer builds of OS X Mountain Lion. It is unknown whether these new machines will receive a special build of OS X 10.7.5 or if Apple will incorporate the new Retina display capabilities into a single OS X 10.7.5 build available for all Macs even if they do not support ultra-high resolutions.

A timetable for a public release of OS X 10.7.5 is also currently unknown, including whether it will appear before or after OS X Mountain Lion is released to the public. Apple has on occasion released full maintenance updates after the launch of a successor operating system, most recently with Mac OS X 10.4.11 arriving nearly three weeks after the debut of Mac OS X Leopard, but the company typically limits its older operating systems to security fixes once their successors have launched.

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28 months ago
Does this get rid of Mission Control comments in 3,2,1...
Rating: 9 Votes
28 months ago

Does this get rid of Mission Control comments in 3,2,1...


Hopefully not. All the complaints against Mission Control are absolutely valid and warranted. Apple completely failed with Mission Control. Expose was a great experience; Apple's done a great job by removing a feature of OS X and given us a rehashed version of it that has near ZERO customization.

Strangely enough, a lot of people, especially macrumors members are opposed to even having choice in system preferences to setup and customize Mission Control.
Rating: 4 Votes
28 months ago
Hopefully OS level integrated USB 3 support so us MacPro users can finally buy cheap plug and play USB3 PCIe cards without having to deal with drivers, updating drivers, troubleshooting drivers... etc.

Oh and TRIM support for 3rd party SSD's without jumping though hoops would be nice also.
Rating: 4 Votes
28 months ago
It makes sense to release a final 10.7.5 in order to roll the new WWDC 2012 Macs into mainline Lion. It'll greatly simplify future security updates, iTunes updates, Java updates, etc. by not having to worry about a bunch of custom 10.7.4 builds.
Rating: 3 Votes
28 months ago

Would there be any reason someone stays of from Mountain Lion and keep Lion?

I get people staying in Snow Leopard. But from Lion, I think things can only get better. Truly, I like the design and new features of Lion, but so far it has been far from being a stable release.


There's no built in RSS support in Mountain Lion. Also some systems simply can't run it. So yea there are reasons.

why don't they just call Mountain Lion 10.7.6 instead?


Because its not a point update.
Rating: 3 Votes
28 months ago
Interesting... I wonder what, if any, new features from Mountain Lion will end up in Mac OS 10.7.5...

Edit:

Things I have in mind are retina support... and maybe something that recognizes calls to, say, Notification Center, and reroutes them so as to not crash the app.

Only reason I bring that up is I was planning on writing something that does just that today... (some kind of macro that adds in checks for whether the computer has Notification Center and rerouting the notification to an alert window and simply going forward with the command if it does have Notification Center.)
Rating: 3 Votes
28 months ago


Because its not a point update.


I believe we both know his "point" was 10.8 addresses many of the issues in 10.7 without bringing much to the dinner table, unlike 10.6 was to 10.5. Unless iOS gimmicks and a new Dock are all that...
Rating: 3 Votes
28 months ago



- A much needed revamped Finder (HFS+ is wearing very thing, I recall Leopard beta's with ZFS+, shame SunSystems went down and IP et al is keeping such a needed system out of OS X)

- OpenGL Core support (4+ is lagging and needed)

- Lagging support for the professional industry that carried Apple through its rough times and gave them the R&D to venture into Finger-works and multi-touch iOS devices

- Multi-display support


Well we are in agreement on these points. For sure.
Rating: 2 Votes
28 months ago
I don't understand why Apple has excluded machines from upgrading to 10.8 at all. It seems to be a step up from 10.7 for absolutely everybody, unlike 10.7, which has removed some 10.6 features like iSync, Rosetta, server stuff.

Is there *anything* missing in 10.8 that 10.7 can do? Support for old-style FileVault maybe? Or is there anything in 10.8 that really requires more horsepower than 10.7? Even all the HiDPI stuff has been crammed into 10.7 by now.

I wish they'd just give everyone 10.8 so developers would only have to deal with 10.8 and maybe 10.6, but not 10.7.
Rating: 2 Votes
28 months ago

At this point, I hope I don't have to upgrade to 10.7.5 to get 10.8.

The WWDC keynote announcement was that 10.8 was $19.95 for users of 10.6.x and 10.7.x.
Rating: 2 Votes

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