After disappointing the tech media with the lack of an iPhone 5 announcement, Apple this week rolled out the golden master (GM) builds of Mac OS X 10.7.2 Lion and iOS 5, the latest version of the company’s mobile operating system.
Set to arrive on or around October 12 to deliver iCloud support, the latest Lion seed is a GM, meaning it’s probably the final version ending up installed on consumer computers next week.
Its release to developers closely follows the seeding of Mac OS X 10.7.2 Build 11C71, an 800 megabyte beta served to developers this past weekend with some known issues, and identical focus areas to the previous seeds.
A major focus of Apple’s second incremental update to OS X Lion is, of course, iCloud.
Confirmed for release on October 12, iCloud stores music, photos, apps, contacts, calendars, documents and other stuff, keeping everything in sync across one’s entire range of devices.
“When content changes on one device, all your other devices are updated automatically and wirelessly,” Apple explains. It also brings with it features like iTunes Match, Find My iPhone and Find My Friends.
iCloud will be a free download to iPhone, iPad or iPod touch users running iOS 5 or a Mac running OS X Lion (version 10.7.2) with a valid Apple ID.
The service includes 5GB of free cloud storage for Mail, Document Storage and Backup
As for iOS 5 GM, it’s packed full of all the goodness I reported on yesterday in my Event Coverage
, including a cool new feature called Siri. The assistant feature helps you get everything done just by asking, with your voice.
Just like OS X 10.7.2, iOS 5 will also be a free update available to supported devices on October 12.
Both GMs are available to developers on Apple's website