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Wednesday, August 10, 2011, 05:15 pm PT (08:15 pm ET)

Apple adds Mac OS X Lion compatibility to Leopard Migration Assistant

Apple has issued an update to Migration Assistant for Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, allowing Leopard users to transfer data, settings and applications to new Macs running Mac OS X Lion.

Issued on Wednesday, Migration Assistant Update for Mac OS X Leopard resolves an issue that prevented the tool from transferring data to the latest version of Mac OS X, which Apple released in July. The update is a 4.98MB download and requires Mac OS X 10.5.8.

Users should take note, though, that Mac OS X Lion drops support for the Rosetta emulation environment, so any migrated PowerPC applications will not run on the new OS.

Apple released a Migration Assistant Update for Snow Leopard in July, ahead of Lion's arrival on the Mac App Store. The company has also added support for Windows PCs to Migration Assistant in Lion, enabling PC users to more easily make the switch to Mac OS X.
Migration Assistant for Leopard

The Cupertino, Calif., Mac maker has been doing some minor housekeeping for Lion this week. On Monday, Apple issued a Lion Recovery Disk Assistant tool that allows the creation of a Recovery Disk on external drives.

Mac OS X Lion has seen early success, with first day downloads exceeding the one million mark. Despite encountering a few minor bugs and glitches in Lion, reviewers have praised the upgrade as a "big leap" into the post-PC iPad era.