With Apple continuing to work towards a world where the primary means of accessing software is via downloading as opposed to retail packages, it didn’t come as much of a surprise when reports surfaced this past May relaying that OS X Lion will be available as an upgrade download on the Mac App Store. We’re not quite sure, though, if users running Tiger and the like will be able to purchase OS X Lion as a download or if Snow Leopard is a prerequisite if you want to go the online route.
In any event, the latest OS X 10.6.8 build indicates that Apple is already instituting changes to enable the Snow Leopard to OS X Lion upgrade to go off without a hitch. The release notes read:
Notably, the 10.6.8 build also identifies and removes the MacDefender malware that garnered a fair share of press over the past few weeks. Most recently, it was discovered that the latest version of MacDefender was able to install itself on a user’s machine without the need for an admin password.