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Friday, April 15, 2011, 12:00 pm PT (03:00 pm ET)

Apple issues update for Mac OS X 10.7 Lion Preview 2

Apple on Friday released an update for its second developer preview of Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, the forthcoming operating system update set to publicly arrive this summer.

Apple notified developers on Friday that the update for Mac OS X 10.7 Lion Preview 2 is now available. It is an update for developer preview 2, and is not a full-fledged Lion Preview 3.

The update can be obtained by running Software Update in the developer preview of Lion. Developers must also download Xcode 4.1 Developer Preview 3 available from the Mac Dev Center in order to build applications with the latest version of Lion.

Those who have not yet downloaded the second developer preview of Lion and Lion Server can get a redemption code from the Mac Dev Center. From there, they can download the preview of Lion from the Mac App Store.

Apple did not offer a list of changes with the latest version of preview 2. However, any updates are likely minor fixes as the update is not labeled preview 3.

Lion Preview 2 was released to developers in late March. Though the final release of Lion is inching closer, that developer build shipped with a number of known issues including problems with the new high-speed Thunderbolt port, and playback of video content from the iTunes Store.

Apple will highlight more features of Lion at its forthcoming Worldwide Developers Conference, to be held June 6 through 10 in San Francisco, Calif. There, the company has promised to "unveil the future of iOS and Mac OS." Lion is set for release this summer.

For an in-depth look at Apple's next major operating system update, see AppleInsider's ongoing series, Inside Mac OS X 10.7 Lion.