Apple is preparing its users for the arrival of Mac OS X Lion next month with a software update to Snow Leopard users. The 10.6.8 software update is now available to all users running Mac OS X Snow Leopard, and includes general operating system fixes alongside last-minute setups to roll out Lion through the Mac App Store.
The Mac App Store will be the only way to get Mac OS Lion, which will be available in in July priced at just $30 for registered Macs. Apple says the 10.6.8 update will "enhance the Mac App Store to get your Mac ready to upgrade to Mac OS X Lion," and the download weighs in at 275MB via the Software Download, or 1.01GB directly from Apple.
Mac OS X Lion promises to bring more than 250 new features to Mac users, including multitouch gestures, full-screen apps, the Mac App Store, and improvements to core apps. Lion will also introduce two new features designed to make running your Mac easier: Mission Control, a new, consolidated view of everything on a Mac; and Launchpad, an iOS-like app launcher. (See the 10 Roaring New Features in Mac OS X Lion.)
The 10.6.8 software update also addresses a pesky problem some Mac users have ran into over the past few weeks: Mac Defender, a fake antivirus program that tries to trick you into installing it on your system.
Once it's running on your system, Mac Defender will try to trick you into handing over your credit card information and claims that apps such as the Terminal are infected, in order for you to buy the fake antivirus program. In 10.6.8, Apple says, the OS can identify and remove known variants of Mac Defender, in addition to killing earlier variants of the malware through a software update in May.