Apple: Mac OS X Lion on sale July 20

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It’s good to go: the newest revision of Apple Inc.’s Macintosh operating system, Mac OS X “Lion,” will go on sale, online, July 20, via the firm’s App Store. The news, first reported by The Unofficial Apple Weblog, came during the firm’s quarterly earnings conference call.

First, here’s the rather spectacular earnings news from an Apple announcement:

Apple “posted record quarterly revenue of $28.57 billion and record quarterly net profit of $7.31 billion, or $7.79 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $15.70 billion and net quarterly profit of $3.25 billion, or $3.51 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 41.7 percent compared to 39.1 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 62 percent of the quarter’s revenue.

“The Company sold 20.34 million iPhones in the quarter, representing 142 percent unit growth over the year-ago quarter. Apple sold 9.25 million iPads during the quarter, a 183 percent unit increase over the year-ago quarter. The Company sold 3.95 million Macs during the quarter, a 14 percent unit increase over the year-ago quarter. Apple sold 7.54 million iPods, a 20 percent unit decline from the year-ago quarter.

“‘We’re thrilled to deliver our best quarter ever, with revenue up 82 percent and profits up 125 percent,’ said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. ‘Right now, we’re very focused and excited about bringing iOS 5 and iCloud to our users this fall.’”

As for Lion, the firm earlier said: “Some [its features] include: new Multi-Touch gestures; system-wide support for full screen apps; Mission Control, an innovative view of everything running on your Mac; the Mac App Store, the best place to find and explore great software, built right into the OS; Launchpad, a new home for all your apps; and a completely redesigned Mail app.”

Depending upon when your columnist can get his mitts on the OS, you’ll read a review in The Washington Times either this Thursday or next. Stay tuned.

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