Late last week Apple seeded a new build (Build 10K531) Mac OS X 10.6.8 to developers. Usually this is a pretty dull affair, however, Apple’s made some significant changes in this 10.6.x release. First off, just as Apple promised*, 10.6.8 will remove the MacDefender Malware that’s been going around, along with all of its known […]
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Mac OS X 10.6.8 Removes MacDefender, Preps Mac App Store for Lion

os_x_snow_leopard_box.jpgLate last week Apple seeded a new build (Build 10K531) Mac OS X 10.6.8 to developers. Usually this is a pretty dull affair, however, Apple’s made some significant changes in this 10.6.x release.

First off, just as Apple promised*, 10.6.8 will remove the MacDefender Malware that’s been going around, along with all of its known variants.

Next up, and more interestingly, this release will “Enhance the Mac App Store to get your Mac ready to upgrade to Mac OS X Lion”. If you read between the lines, and add in other rumors that we’ve heard, this could very well be Apple laying the groundwork for a Mac App Store distribution of Mac OS X Lion. I would expect to hear more about it next week at WWDC.

Follow with me here. If both the MacDefender fix and the App Store update are both present in this build, and MacDefender update is needed imminently for suffering customers, and the App Store update is included, then to my mind, we could see the release of Mac OS X Lion in the very near future. Perhaps as early as next week at WWDC.

*Apple recently released a support document, acknowledging the problem, and promising to fix it. That same document gave instructions on how users can remove the malware themselves, or how to avoid it if they hadn’t caught it yet.

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