Lion Arrives – USB Flash Drive Version Coming August

Posted by at 7:49 am on July 21, 2011

Apple as promised posted Mac OS X Lion for download for $30as well as the Lion Server add-on for $50 with the promise of a physical version. The OS we just reviewed gives Snow Leopard users an upgrade to the iOS-influenced software and is the first that won’t need a disc. Those who face low bandwidth caps or have slow connections have been invited to download Lion at Apple’s retail stores.

As a concession to those who don’t have reliable Internet access or who want the reassurance of a physical copy, Apple has also acknowledged that the online Apple Store will be carrying Lion preloaded on to a USB flash drive. The release due “later this August” will cost $69, likely owed to the need for at least a 4GB flash drive and packaging. Anyone who buys a new Mac will already have the OS either on a restore DVD or USB stick.

The strategy makes Apple the first major OS developer to ship its release on a USB drive as well as the first to make the download the primary method, not a secondary option. Microsoft still sells Windows 7 primarily on discs and makes the download an option mostly for those who don’t have optical drives and are comfortable with creating an OS image on a USB drive themselves.

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