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. I got that too. I hit the “purchase” button which changed to “installing” but I have no progress window or indication of anything happening… Trying to sit on my hands to see if it clears itself up…

    2. If you click on the “Purchases” toolbar button in the App Store application after the download has begun, you will get a full list of all the stuff you have purchased, along with the current status of each purchase. If the download is still in progress, you get a decent-size progress bar with an indication of the total size of the download and the amount of data downloaded so far, and a button to pause/resume the download.

  1. Anyone know if the Lion install is upgrade only? Or will it let me wipe and install? I’d prefer the latter, and then I’d just restore from my Time Machine.

    1. You can erase and install.

      Here’s what I’ve done;

      1. Cloned my Snow Leopard to an external drive, and rebooted from that.

      2. Downloaded Lion using Snow Leopard on the external drive.

      3. Run Lion installer from external drive, clean install onto internal drive.

      4. Reboot into Lion.

      So I have my copy of Snow Leopard cloned and bootable on the external drive, and a fresh install of Lion on my internal drive. Heaven.

  2. What the f#$! are you complaining about…. just took me a mere 25 minutes for complete download.

    It’s so fast, don’t even bother working out how to copy to other mac, just another download! Brilliant, way to go Apple.
    Must faster than ordering through Apple-store

  3. re: the thumb drive…

    You know, I’ve been thinking lately that most podcasts that talk about tech news should just be renamed “Panicing About Apple.”

    It was DIRT OBVIOUS that the Mac App Store would NOT be the only way to install Lion, and that a DVD or thumb drive would become available after launch.

    Instead it was pundits and techies Panicing About Apple. “What if I can’t get on the internet, how will I download it?!! What if I have 100 computers to admin? THE SKY IS FALLING!!! LET’S ALL PANIC ABOUT APPLE!!”

    Everybody needs to take a freakin’ breath about Apple and not flip out when every question isn’t answered instantly.

    1. Yes you can, I just did. Just follow the posted instructions and “show package contents”, etc, etc.
      Mine is up and running, here in Germany.
      Even with a self made DVD image after downloading.

        1. Not a problem. I just did it (well, restored the installer .dmg file to a flash drive).

          Just quit the installer when it pops up, then follow the directions available from several sites on the ‘net to make a bootable volume for later installation.

          It’s easy.

    2. If you go ahead with an install, one of the last steps of ‘clean-up’ is to erase the Lion installer. Make a copy first (or Time-Machine it :lol:). Of course, you can always just download it again…

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