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Apple has released OS X Lion 10.7.3 (11d16) to developers earlier this afternoon. This is the third update to the new Mac operating system.

The 10.7.2 update was released on October 12th, 2012 and was recommended to all OS X Lion users since it included support for the iCloud system Apple rolled out earlier this year. Downloading would allow you to sync photos, apps, documents and music between all your Apple devices powered by the iCloud storage platform.

Mac OS X Lion

The 10.7.3 build 11d16 update will focus on iCloud compatibility once again. This time around attention will be centered on iCloud document storage, iCal, Address Book and Mail. OS X Server 10.7.3 is bundled up with the new build focusing on the same areas.

OS X Lion was released on July 20, available exclusively as a download from the Mac App Store. Within 24 hours, the new OS was sold and downloaded over 1 million times, largely due the low $29.99 upgrade cost. The server portion of the OS X Lion software is available online as well but as a separate download. The current version can be found in the Mac App Store as well for $49.99

Downloading and installing OSX Lion was relatively simple on my MacBook Pro. The features were interesting; I’ve been using AirDrop and Mission Control on a daily basis. The only change I had trouble adapting to, at least at first, was the backward scrolling on the Trackpad, which Apple changed to create a more natural effect and mimic existing iPhone and iPad scrolling. After a few days, however, I found myself used to it and can no longer tell there is a difference.

Although there are no known issues as of this writing, the 10.7.3 seed arrives with a release notes and the typical warning to developers:

"Please be aware that you will not be able to revert back to your previous system after updating. Please install this update on a system you are prepared to erase if necessary."

To access iCloud make sure all your Apple devices are up to date. The service is free and comes along with 5GB of online storage. iCloud has become an integral part of the new Lion OS update process and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for us next.

10.7.3

OS X Lion 10.7.3 can be downloaded from Mac Dev Center.

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