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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139 Comments

  1. They should have included a monkey, football, and a sexual act. They did not bother to mention the extra little recovery partition. Installation is complete, but it is not installed. Who is running things at Apple? Installation failure here.

  2. Installed it and turned off all of the new ‘features’. Not that impressed, but know not upgrading means being left behind.

    Otherwise, my scroll bars are always on, my mouse scrolls in the proper direction, launchpad, mission control, Airdrop,and all that other bullshit is turned off. If I wanted a desktop polluted with icons I would buy a Windoze PeeCee.

    Also turned my file system to visible, as I am not some moron tea-bagger, mouth-breathing right-winger, switcher come lately that is afraid of a real OS. Please Apple, stop dumbing down the OS for the Windoze refugees.

    Also installed the Java RTE & latest Flash- although I also have click to flash installed. Now I have a Mac running current OS, but largely lacking all the Bullshit Steve Jobs was crowing about at WWDC. At least this time Apple opted to let us NOT use the ‘features’ that slimed over from iOS.

  3. Well, it only took SEVEN hours to download (4pm to
    11pm) last night, but it is finally downloaded and installed. So far, so good…but is there anyway to switch the scrolling direction? I suppose I could get use to it, but I’d rather just switch it if possible.

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