As promised, Apple launched the Mac OS X Lion for download via the Mac App Store. The new version has more than 250 new features and the company said that an installation disk is not one of them. Instead of an installation disk, Apple will be releasing a USB version of the new operating system in August.
These bootable USB drives will have the Mac OS X Lion installer and will sell at around £45. The new OS requires a Mac computer with an Intel Core 2 Duo, i3, i5, i7 or Xeon chips and a minimum of 2 GB of RAM. The digital download of the OS only costs £20.99.
Lion is Apple’s first Mac OS X version that does not use bootable CDs or DVDs. However, the Mac OS X Lion marks the company’s first use of their digital downloads strategy. We will still see if this new strategy will be successful or not.
The move to bootable USB drives makes a lot of sense because not everybody has an internet connection that can download the 4 GB Lion operating system. Also, some won’t be able to bring their Macs to the Apple Store to update their operating systems.
It does seem a little bit more expensive, though, but it could be good news for users who don’t have a fast internet connection or those who needs an installer right away.