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. Thirty minutes to download.
    Forty five minutes to install.

    I lost my internet connection ten minutes into the download. When connection was restored, I again fired up the App Store app, clicked on “purchases,” saw the download was in a pause state and clicked on “resume.” The download picked up where it left off.

    All-in-all, pretty painless. I thought the recovery procedure was both effective and intuitive.

  2. Download and install very fast and easy but whoa I’m a little seasick now, literally, scrolling is opposite what I’m used to on the Magic TrackPad with my iMac i7. Weird feeling!

  3. Don’t like that the USB modem is not supported. And I had a small glitch- I’d removed the System Preferences icon from my dock, and Lion apparently did not know where to find it. Had to browse to it to set that up. Bothersome, but not horrible. I seem to remember the same thing happened with the 10.5.8 update. Some iTunes plug-ins won’t load, no big deal. I have a 10.5.8 external drive set up for all the PPC and other 32bit stuff that I’ll be needing for awhile.

  4. Let indexing finish before you try and use Lion (Similar to Snow Leopard and Leopard). Now that it has completed on my 2.66 C2D 8GB machine it is pretty responsive. I did an upgrade on two Macs with the second being a 2.4 C2D with 4GB. I moved the installer over via USB thumb and it installed fine. I also created an install DVD following the instructions in an earlier post here and it seems to be okay too. So far so good. Happy Lion-ing!

    1. if you never close the app store app it will resume. I made that mistake and am at a hilton. sheesh. They actually replaced my modem because I kept dropping packet.. was averaging 20 some % packet loss and struggled for hours gutting it. but the one time I closed the app store it made me start from scratch.

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