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. Lion installed and in general like it. My only gripes thus far:

    (1) Needs to Spotlight needs to reindex drive – so performance stinks for awhile.

    (2) Quicktime 7 is Mpeg plugin is dead. Lion uninstalled QT7 and won’t allow 7 to be installed. That will take some time to get used to and find some workarounds.

    1. eddy, your Core Duo Mac is clearly called out as not Lion-capable. It’s shouldn’t be a surprise, it’s been publicly listed for months.

      Inconvenient, perhaps, a rip, not.

  2. Waiting to hear what people say, and perhaps for an update or two.

    If the initial response is positive, I’ll install it on my home computer in a couple of weeks, and install it on my work computer in a couple of months. After doing backups and repairing disk permissions, of course.

    I’m sure it will be awesome in the long run, but I see no need to jump in head first while Snow Leopard is working excellently.

  3. DL’ed in 45 mins. Install ran, but got an error “Can’t establish recovery…something or other” Restart to 10.6.8. Am burning install disk now and will try to install again.

    1. Lion refuses to install. iMac 3.06 GHz, C2Duo, 8GB Ram, 165 GB free space on disk.
      3 minutes into the install I get an error, and am forced to restart. Nothing helps.
      Any tips??

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