Apple’s Mac OS X Lion now available via Mac App Store; thumb drive version coming in August

It’s here!

Apple today announced that Mac OS X Lion, the eighth major release of the world’s most advanced operating system with more than 250 new features, is available today as a download from the Mac App Store for $29.99. Some of the amazing features in Lion include: new Multi-Touch gestures; system-wide support for full screen apps; Mission Control, an innovative view of everything running on your Mac; the Mac App Store, the best place to find and explore great software, built right into the OS; Launchpad, a new home for all your apps; and a completely redesigned Mail app.

“Lion is the best version of OS X yet, and we’re thrilled that users around the world can download it starting today,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing, in the press release. “Lion makes upgrading a Mac easier than ever before; just launch the Mac App Store, buy Lion with your iTunes account, and the download and install process will begin automatically.”

Additional new features in Lion include:

Resume, which conveniently brings your apps back exactly how you left them when you restart your Mac or quit and relaunch an app
Auto Save, which automatically and continuously saves your documents as you work
Versions, which automatically records the history of your document as you create it, and gives you an easy way to browse, revert and even copy and paste from previous versions
AirDrop, which finds nearby Macs and automatically sets up a peer-to-peer wireless connection to make transferring files quick and easy

Mac OS X Lion is available as an upgrade to Mac OS X version 10.6.6 Snow Leopard from the Mac App Store for US$29.99. Lion is the easiest OS X upgrade and at around 4GB, it is about the size of an HD movie from the iTunes Store. Users who do not have broadband access at home, work or school can download Lion at Apple retail stores and later this August, Lion will be made available on a USB thumb drive through the Apple Store for $69. Mac OS X Lion Server requires Lion and is available from the Mac App Store for $49.99.

Mac OS X Lion download

Lion requires an Intel-based Mac with a Core 2 Duo, i3, i5, i7 or Xeon processor and 2GB of RAM. Lion is an upgrade and can be installed on all your authorized personal Macs.

Mac OS X Lion Install

The OS X Lion Up-to-Date upgrade will be available through the Mac App Store at no additional charge to all customers who purchased a qualifying new Mac system from Apple or an Apple Authorized Reseller on or after June 6, 2011. Users must request their Up-to-Date upgrade within 30 days of purchase of their Mac computer. Customers who purchased a qualifying Mac between June 6, 2011 and July 20, 2011 will have until August 19, 2011 to make a request. Additional information can be found at here.

More info and download link via Apple’s Mac App Store here.

Source: Apple Inc.

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      1. OK, after a restart, Safari appears to be working again. However, the User/Library folder, she’s a goner. Must be still there yet hidden, which makes sense. But I still want access to that folder. Me no likey.

  1. I’m going to sit back and wait for the .1 release. Wait for the kinks to be worked out before taking the plunge. I’d like to see if Apple will cave in to all the clamoring and release a version on disk.

      1. USB version at $69.99. But an 8GB USB stick is cheap. Why not sell Lion on USB (or DVD) at the BnM Apple Stores for a nominal cost over the online version? Perhaps $45?

        Anyway, at least you will have the option to avoid downloading through your home internet connection. As usual, many people got prematurely bent out of shape on the rumor before waiting to see the plan for the actual release.

        1. “Anyway, at least you will have the option to avoid downloading through your home internet connection. As usual, many people got prematurely bent out of shape on the rumor before waiting to see the plan for the actual release.”

          The problem is not that Apple didn’t provide an alternative. I assumed they would. The problem is that they didn’t TELL YOU what that alternative was going to be until now. Why the hell not? Was it a last-minute change of plans? Or were they just being secretive for the sake of it? Trying to get the press of “digital only” before then saying “ok, not really”?

          I wonder if the USB thumb drive will be available at non-Apple retail stores.

          1. “The problem is not that Apple didn’t provide an alternative. I assumed they would. The problem is that they didn’t TELL YOU what that alternative was going to be until now. Why the hell not?”

            Entitlement much!

            1. What has timely release of information in advance of an event amounted to entitlement? Are you the type who likes to be kept in the dark about everything? 

              This information should have been made known at the time the release date of Lion was announced to enable people to plan ahead of time. Your comment makes no damn sense and you know it.

        2. A $40 premium for the USB stick is ridiculous. I won’t lug my iMac into the store, but if they’ll allow me to bring my *own* USB stick or drive, that would work for me. My 3MB DSL simply isn’t adequate to support such a massive download.

          1. In a box the size of a REFRIGERATOR, with a life-size Lion on the side, delivered by forklift to my front door — software with a carbon footprint equal to that of Burkina Faso!

    1. Like always, shoot from you backside and stink up the place.

      As previously posted:’s-os-x-lion-upgrade-plan-misguided/comment-page-3/#comments
      Thursday, June 9, 2011 – 1:56 pm · Reply

      Perhaps everybody should just calm down.

      To think that “Lion will only be available via that route, [i.e., is downloading via the Mac App Store]. There will be no retail upgrade kits, no DVDs…” is completely ludicrous.

      Otherwise, why would Apple describe the upgrade process in print with a “To upgrade on day one:”?

      It’s only the first day!

      I would suggest that Apple will have more to add to satisfy all the concerns posted here, i.e., providing that your Mac can run Lion. Just like they did prior to the release of Snow Leopard. Remember the upgrade bundles for both Leopard and Snow Leopard?

      Thursday, June 9, 2011 – 1:59 pm · Reply

      And remember you could upgrade to Snow Leopard from Tiger thereby bypassing Leopard.
      Thursday, June 9, 2011 – 1:59 pm · Reply

      And remember you could upgrade to Snow Leopard from Tiger thereby bypassing Leopard.
      Thursday, June 9, 2011 – 2:04 pm · Reply

      Really, anybody that thinks that Apple isn’t fully aware of what, how and when they customers are capable or are able to do in order to upgrade their OS’s, are just plain ignorant.

      Anybody that believes that Apple hasn’t or won’t satisfy the majority of its users, is just plain stupid. Excluding those that seem to feel they have an entitlement to everything being free.
      Thursday, June 9, 2011 – 3:21 pm · Reply

      You may be right, or you may be in denial. Time will tell.
      Ballmer’s left nut
      Thursday, June 9, 2011 – 3:43 pm · Reply

      He’s in denial as he assumes that Apple is all encompassing, all seeing. It may just be a simple oversight on Steve’s part – not realising that the majority of people and markets that Apple sells to do not have access to high speed Internet, unlike the pipes that go into the Apple campus.
      Wednesday, June 22, 2011 – 12:51 am ·

      I don’t think it’s an oversight at all. I think it’s just a matter of Apple looking at their bottom line and not looking at the user. The more people they can get to buy upgraded machines, the better…for them. People who have older Macs with Leopard or Tiger are either going to have to risk damaging their old computer by doing multiple upgrades or they’ll just have to buy a new machine. Pretty smart thinking on Apple’s part, actually. But not very attentive to the needs of users without access to broadband. Even if I had broadband, wouldn’t a 4GB download cut quite a bit out of my monthly data cap? If I had one?

  2. I have a small area of blue et the left end of t he progress bar but I expect that with all of us around the world doing this it may be a bit slooooooooow!

  3. It’s downloading now about halfway total time for download should be around 30minutes. Downloading to a duo core MacBook pro. I did get a message to check my Internet connection then it immeaditly resumed the download.

  4. Anyone else notice that the original flip-down-port Airs are not on the supported machine list? Even though they do have Core 2 Duo and are more capable than the 2008 era plastic MacBooks which are listed?
    I’m really hoping this is a misprint…

  5. Downloading it now, didn’t get any errors. Looks like it’ll be about 35 minutes. Not too shabby considering it would take me considerably longer than that to drive to the store and wait in a really long line like we have done with previous OS X releases.

    1. @cococanuck – Spot on. NO problem here with first attempt. People should call their ISP first to complain. Gee, do you think other people in the neighborhood are on the Internet too? The horror! 😉

      Annnnd my download is at the 50% mark 😀

    2. yep.

      And if anyone is complaining about it being slow or whatnot…
      Thats normal and expected…

      3.74 GB download, and just how many people are downloading it right NOW?….

      Yeah it’s going to take awhile, yes it may have problems downloading..

      While i wouldn’t mind getting the USB version, I’ll just make my own from the download. I’ll buy a new USB stick on the way home tonight, i’m downloading it now on the MBP but i’ll wait to install it till tonight.
      From what i have seen and read, it’s just an installer. Like xCode it will stop and wait for user input once the download is complete. easy to copy and put on a USB stick.

      But i’m with cococanuck. this is cool!

      (but he’s wrong… Linux is delivered without media, don’t tell him.)

      1. Is it true that there is an available installer you can put on a USB stick after the download? Where is it located after the install? Can it be booted from the USB stick if we have hard drive issues?

        Holding out on purchasing at the moment until I know that this installer of Lion can be archived somehow and booted from a USB stick.

          1. The installer will be in your Applications folder. I put it on a thumb drive to install on my other laptop – so I don’t need to download again. Not sure if it will work.

        1. search…. it’s everywhere on how to do it.
          every question you have, can be answered via google in 30 seconds.

          DVD/USB/SD all can be made bootable with Lion install from App Store.

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