Report: OS X Lion and Sandy Bridge MacBook Airs To Land On Wednesday At 8:30AM ET

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OS X Lion didn’t drop last week as expected, but Apple promised it this month and it’s now a whole new week. So could OS X Lion drop on Wednesday, along with new MacBook Airs?

That’s what no less venerable a source than AppleInsider is claiming.

Apple as early as Wednesday will launch two highly anticipated products: Mac OS X 10.7 Lion and new Thunderbolt-equipped MacBook Airs, AppleInsider has learned.

According to people with proven track records who would be in a position to know, the new product launches are set to occur later this week. Specifically, one person said the products would be released on Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. Eastern.

The latest details align with what AppleInsider was told earlier this month, when it reported that new MacBook Air models with backlit keyboards and Thunderbolt ports would launch the week of July 21.

It makes sense in a way: Apple might not want to distract from their quarterly earnings call on Tuesday by releasing Lion and new MacBook Airs before then. And AppleInsider has a pretty solid track record with these announcements. Plus, there’s the whole issue of time: one of these days, one of these rumored Lion release dates has to be true.