USB Release of OS X Lion Now Online

Posted by at 10:03 am on August 16, 2011

Following up on retail availability, Apple has made the USB release of OS X Lion available on its online store. The stick costs $69, as opposed to the normal Mac App Store price of $30, but provides a physical backup and allows a person to install or reinstall Lion without having an Internet connection handy. Shipping times are currently sitting at 1 to 3 business days.

The drive has two key requirements. Aside from an existing Snow Leopard install, an upgrading Mac must have 7GB of disk space free. Apple also warns that if a person wants to reinstall the USB version of Lion, the stick becomes mandatory; the software can’t be reinstalled through Lion Recovery, which redownloads the OS if a person bought it through the Mac App Store.

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