Mac OS X Lion now available on USB drive for $69

A few weeks ago, Apple released its "Lion" update to its Mac OS X operating system. This major update is included in all new Macs, but if you have a older hardware, you can still update to the new "Lion" version via a download from the Mac App Store. Apple said that the Lion update was purchased and downloaded a whopping 1 million times in just its first day of release last July.

But there may be some people who don't care for this "download" business model and want something more "real" when they update their Mac OS X software. For those folks, Apple has now launched its promised "Lion" update on its online store via a USB thumb drive that is mailed to the user. While Apple's Lion USB drive is certainly a bit more stylish than the normal thumb drive, you will be paying a rather large premium to get the software update in this fashion. The USB version of Mac OS X Lion is priced at $69, well over twice the amount of the downloadable version.

If you feel uncomfortable updating your older Mac or MacBook Pros via either method, you still have one other option available to you. If you live near an Apple retail store, you can drive to the store with your Mac and purchase the Lion update. You can then download and install the update to your Mac directly from the store. Of course, you will have to deal with all those people wandering around ...

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Gotta love Apple, even their USB distributions are overpriced ;-)

(Written from my Macbook Air, which I suspect isn't even supported in this build)

Breach said,

(Written from my Macbook Air, which I suspect isn't even supported in this build)

Shows how ignorant you are then. Of course the Macbook Air is supported in Lion. Why wouldn't it be? The only Intel Macs that aren't supported are those that shipped with a 32-bit Core CPU. All of those that shipped with Core 2 Duos or higher are supported.

roadwarrior said,

Shows how ignorant you are then. Of course the Macbook Air is supported in Lion. Why wouldn't it be? The only Intel Macs that aren't supported are those that shipped with a 32-bit Core CPU. All of those that shipped with Core 2 Duos or higher are supported.

In case you haven't heard there have been exactly 3 (three) official build versions of Lion - one for the Mini, one for the MBA's and the one you can get from the store. And guess what, the one from the app store won't work on a MBA - quite a few people found that out the hard way. Do your research before you post.

Looking at the apple page the USB supposedly will support all platforms... maybe....

I can see it now:

Person A: "I have Mac OS Lion, it only needs two DVD's to install "
Person B: "I have Mac OS Lion... On a USB drive. (Goes back to drinking a Starbucks Frappucino with a smug look."

HeLGeN-X said,
I can see it now:

Person A: "I have Mac OS Lion, it only needs two DVD's to install "


Lion fits on one DVD anyway (as has every version of OS X). Not sure where you get the idea that it needs two.

roadwarrior said,

Lion fits on one DVD anyway (as has every version of OS X). Not sure where you get the idea that it needs two.

one double layer dvd i suppose? since i heard it wight something like 6GB install disc or something

As I said in the topic, I think this is a reasonable price for a completely new version of an OS if you don't have broadband access to download it yourself.

Why Lion would be more painful than Vista I can't see. Especially since yowan did not give any points to prove his statement and I did not run into any bugs yet. But whatever.
[Edit]Oh well, now he deleted his comment. Whatever 2...

_DP said,
This is both cool and a total rip off at the same time.

Yes! Why not just ship it on DVD(s)? I can see charging $10 extra for the media, but $40 more is just silly!! I guess they really want to push people to downloading the software and punish those with slow connections at the same time.

sphbecker said,

Why not just ship it on DVD(s)?

Well, there is the fact that two of their more recent machines don't even ship with an optical drive, and it is likely that more of their machines will eventually go that way as well.

If you get Lion from the AppStore it'll cost you $30, but you have to have Snow Leopard.

If you think of the AppStore version as the Lion upgrade edition and this thing as the full non-upgrade version then it's not really a rip off.

Yes! Why not just ship it on DVD(s)? I can see charging $10 extra for the media, but $40 more is just silly!! I guess they really want to push people to downloading the software and punish those with slow connections at the same time.

Not all their computers have optical drives.

virtorio said,
If you get Lion from the AppStore it'll cost you $30, but you have to have Snow Leopard.

If you think of the AppStore version as the Lion upgrade edition and this thing as the full non-upgrade version then it's not really a rip off.

But since you have a Mac already, you have at least 10.4 installed, so it is still, after all, an upgrade. At $30 or $70, it's still cheap for an OS upgrade although I don't think Lion brings much new to the table.

Enron said,

But since you have a Mac already, you have at least 10.4 installed, so it is still, after all, an upgrade. At $30 or $70, it's still cheap for an OS upgrade although I don't think Lion brings much new to the table.


Yes but you're only supposed to upgrade Lion from Snow Leopard. If you have Leopard and you want to download it from the AppStore you have to buy Snow Leopard first.