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. 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.

  2. my connection is all screwed up here at work… it will start downloading at top speeds.. for a few seconds then drop back to nothing.. so I pause and resume and it repeats… kinda weird

      1. I don’t use a proxy at work… I turned off wifi because I forgot I sometimes have issues with it and the app store… all went well after that.. still took a long time but im sure people were surfing the web at work too..

  3. I hope it’s a Unibody thumb drive; I can’t wait to see Jonathan Ive extolling how they’ve rethought the thumb drive from the ground up and what a remarkable engineering achievement it truly is.

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