iPhone maker Apple has dished out the Mac OS X Lion Gold Master version to developers, indicating that the highly awaited operating system is nearing its release.
Apple had revealed during the World Wide Developer Conference that the OS will be launched this month.
The company plans to release the Mac OS X Lion platform as a download from its Mac App Store, the new application store for Mac that Apple launched a few months ago.
Initially, the operating system will be available only via Mac App Store download but will be eventually released in boxed version for people who don’t have the proper bandwidth to download the OS.
A Gold Master version is a name given to the final versions of an Apple OS. In Windows, the same is known as the ‘release to manufacturing’ version.
The company might announce the release date for the platform within a few days time. Apple has said that Lion will be sized at about 4GBs and will be available for $29.99.
Customers with dial-connections or slow speeds will be able to take their Macs to Apple stores to use the free Wi-Fi networks there to complete their downloads, the company has said.