Mac OS X Lion will be made available primarily through the Apple App Store

As anticipated back in March, Mac OS X Lion will be distributed primarily through the app store, reports Apple Insider.

Apple has not set a release date for Lion beyond a ''summer 2011'' window. TechCrunch and other tech blogs have speculated that the updated OS could be ready in time for Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference, reportedly set to take place June 6 through 10. Apple Insider also reports that "Apple has promised that this year's conference will showcase the "future" of the Mac operating system, and will be an event developers will not want to miss.."

In February, Apple released a developer preview of OS X Lion which while rough around the edges, gave the wider user community a first look at some of the features to be included in the OS. With Lion, Apple will aim to bring an iOS-like experience to the desktop, including expanded multi-touch support, home screens with app groups and full-screen apps. Users already running Snow Leopard 10.6 will have the chance to purchase the upgrade through the app store.

Apple's Mac App Store will also be integrated into Lion allowing users to buy and download applications in the same manner already possible for the iPhone and iPad.

AppleInsider’s sources also claim that a version will be available on physical media for those without broadband connections or limited transfer caps.

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Given that my not so SuperDrive died in under 6 months due to my son putting a micro cd into it, which evidently voided the warranty. This is a welcome announcement, a downloadable install works for me

If you want to burn it to a disk, it wouldn't be hard for Apple to make a little app to guide you through the process...

_DP said,
If you want to burn it to a disk, it wouldn't be hard for Apple to make a little app to guide you through the process...

Not to mention if you lose your disk, just log in and redownload. I bought XP twice back in the day because I lost the key.

Who cares? Inside the App Store installer package of the current Mac OS X Lion DPs you can find a DMG that is fully bootable and burnable to disk or can be restored to any USB/FireWire drive with enough space.

.Neo said,
Who cares? Inside the App Store installer package of the current Mac OS X Lion DPs you can find a DMG that is fully bootable and burnable to disk or can be restored to any USB/FireWire drive with enough space.

+1

.Neo said,
Who cares? Inside the App Store installer package of the current Mac OS X Lion DPs you can find a DMG that is fully bootable and burnable to disk or can be restored to any USB/FireWire drive with enough space.

It's for the less savvy. Most OS X users are not going to know how to extract a .PKG.

.Neo said,
Inside the App Store installer package of the current Mac OS X Lion DPs you can find a DMG that is fully bootable and burnable to disk or can be restored to any USB/FireWire drive with enough space.

Who cares? They are just giving another easy install option. Don't like it, don't use it.

.Neo said,
Who cares? Inside the App Store installer package of the current Mac OS X Lion DPs you can find a DMG that is fully bootable and burnable to disk or can be restored to any USB/FireWire drive with enough space.

What happens if you need to rebuild from scratch? Install the OLD OS and then re-download the update? That's not convenient.

Mainer82 said,

What happens if you need to rebuild from scratch? Install the OLD OS and then re-download the update? That's not convenient.

What part of "you can find a DMG that is fully bootable and burnable" do you not understand?

Excellent news. I can just click on the app store icon on my 3 macs at home and bam, install. I love convenience.

Apple has become a software/content delivery network from once being a software company. This is how they make money. No-one will sell Lion outside Apple. Nor music/films if they had their way. They're the new TimeWarner mess.

Welcome to lockdown, ipeeps.

dancedar said,
Apple has become a software/content delivery network from once being a software company. This is how they make money. No-one will sell Lion outside Apple. Nor music/films if they had their way. They're the new TimeWarner mess.

Welcome to lockdown, ipeeps.

Notice the word "Primarily", suggesting that you will likely still be able to buy a dvd.....

bugsbungee said,

Notice the word "Primarily", suggesting that you will likely still be able to buy a dvd.....

Exactly, you'll be able to buy it from "Authorised Apple Retailers" too...

Yeah, DVD all the way. I have super fast internet so it's not a speed issue (also, contrary to popular belief, Virgin don't cap the 100mb service ...) but I love having a box on the shelf Always makes me feel like I got my money's worth haha

Spirit Dave said,
Yeah, DVD all the way. I have super fast internet so it's not a speed issue (also, contrary to popular belief, Virgin don't cap the 100mb service ...) but I love having a box on the shelf Always makes me feel like I got my money's worth haha

Apart from me not being with Virgin: QFFT

Glassed Silver:mac

Glassed Silver said,

Apart from me not being with Virgin: QFFT

Glassed Silver:mac

I love it actually. Hated it for so long, but that was because of the shockingly unreliable service I got ... they've heavily compensated me and will for for the rest of my time with them every month because of the hassle they gave me. And they fixed the issue and now it's fine. The other day I downloaded 1.74 gb in under 3 minutes!