OS X 10.7 Lion

OS X 10.7 Lion was released on July 20, 2011 and made some huge changes to the Mac. Some of these changes were to make it easier for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users to adapt to the Mac, some to make the two platforms work better together, and some to keep making the Mac better and better.

OS X Lion

Lion was only available by purchase and download from the Mac App Store, where it retails for US$29.99. You must have OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard installed to purchase, download, or install Lion, and the 4 GB download could take some time with slower DSL connections (we don’t even want to think about how long it would take with dial-up). As a convenience, Apple allowed users to bring their Macs to a nearby Apple Store and use Apple’s WiFi to make the download.

Like OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, Lion requires an Intel-based Mac, but it goes two steps beyond that. First of all, Lion is a 64-bit operating system, so it won’t work on those 2006 Macs built around 32-bit Core Solo and Core Duo processors. It requires Core 2 Duo or newer, which leaves the following Macs behind:

Additionally, Lion is the first version of OS X with no support for PowerPC software. Apple introduced Rosetta, which lets Intel CPUs run PowerPC apps, with OS X 10.4 Tiger for the first Intel Macs in 2006, and it had been part of OS X until now.

Lion was replaced by OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion on July 25, 2012, just a year after Lion first became available. Lion is no longer available for purchase through normal App Store channels, although you may be able to acquire access to it through Apple Support.

Lion is the oldest version of OS X impacted by the “goto fail” bug. See Apple and the ‘goto fail’ Bug for information on securing Lion.

Lion Links

Downloadable Updates

Standalone Updates let you update to a newer version of Mac OS X from your hard drive instead of using Software Update, which requires an Internet connection. Download the one(s) you need and install them after mounting the disk image and launching the Installer program.

There are two types of Standalone Updates: Individual (or Delta) and Combo.

  • Individual Updates update one version of Mac OS X to the next version. For example, the Mac OS X 10.7.4 Update updates Mac OS X 10.7.3 to version 10.7.4. Individual Updates are also known as Delta Updates.
  • Combo Updates update the base version of a Mac OS X release to the version specified in the Combo Update, including all intermediate updates. For example, the Mac OS X 10.7.4 Combo Update updates any earlier version of Mac OS X 10.7 to Mac OS X 10.7.4 using a single installer, as opposed to installing the individual Mac OS X 10.7.1, 10.7.2, 10.7.3, and 10.7.4 updates.

Standalone Updates are generally available 24 to 48 hours after the Update is available through Software Update.

If you burn a Standalone Update to CD, its disk image must be copied to your desktop or another location on your Mac OS X startup disk in order to be installed.

OS X 10.7.1

OS X 10.7.2

OS X 10.7.3

OS X 10.7.4

OS X 10.7.5

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