We’ve received various reports from developers testing Lion Developer Preview 2 that the Preview 3 update is no longer appearing in Software Update on machines running Lion Developer Preview 2 released on March 30th.
It isn’t known why Apple has pulled the beta that was released earlier today, but there have been problems reported with the beta which caused some systems to become unable to boot. If that is the case it is unfortunate, but sadly that is the nature of betas. Therefore always install them on a machine that you don’t rely on, a different partition on your machine, or an external bootable drive.
Apple’s Developer site still mentions Mac OS X Lion Developer Preview 3 and how it is available via Software Update. Yet for many it just isn’t appearing at all and others are still reporting successful installations. So what’s the deal?
Right now no one knows for sure. Hopefully Apple will fix it soon.
Have you encountered this problem or successfully installed the new preview? Tell us about your experience by leaving a comment.
Update 05/13/2011 at 9:30 PM PDT: If you leave a comment please leave the following information: 1) what model Mac are you using 2) Mac OS X Lion or Mac OS X Lion Server?
Update 05/14/2011 at 6:34 AM PDT: According to multiple reports it appears that the Mac OS X 10.7 Lion Preview 3 isn’t currently available for people that have the server version of Preview 2 installed.