Apple Releases Integrated iCloud Beta to Developers in New OS X 10.7.2 Build

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Apple has issued a new OS X beta to developers with full iCloud integration. OS X 10.7.2 Build 11C55 is available to developers right now, and iCloud seems to be fully baked into the release for the first time.

Previously, iCloud betas had been available as separate downloads to be used in conjunction with beta OS X Lion developer builds.

“OS X Lion Software Update 10.7.2 is an update to OS X Lion 10.7 and includes support for iCloud beta. Please refer to the seed note for more details and installation instructions.”

With the iCloud components for OS X Lion totally integrated in this latest beta, Apple is also asking developers to test iCloud components with various Mac apps, like Address Book and Mail.

Apple released the last OS X beta less than two weeks ago, and this new release supersedes the OS X 10.7.2 11C48 build and iCloud beta 10 from nine days ago.

Oddly, Apple has not included another iPhoto beta with heightened Photo Stream compatibility in this release.

It’s expected that Apple will hold its rumored media event in the next four weeks, and iCloud will be made available to the public alongside iOS 5 and new iPhone hardware at the announcement.