Linked by fran on Tue 8th Feb 2011 18:08 UTC
Apple "A new report suggests that Apple may be planning to eliminate retail boxed software from its Apple Stores, instead focusing on promoting the Mac App Store for software sales. This is indeed a trend that Apple has been pushing for a while, but not all the software that Apple sells would necessarily be a great fit for pure digital distribution."
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RE[3]: purpose
by darknexus on Wed 9th Feb 2011 00:44 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: purpose"
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Well, Mac EFIs have been able to do with a bluetooth mouse and a GUI boot device selector for some time, why wouldn't they also include access to the Mac app Store while we're at it ? ;)

After all, those Splashtop-powered desktops/laptops show that there's plenty of room for feature bloat in motherboards' flash memory nowadays...

OS X is pretty big. Even if it only downloaded the necessary components, you're still looking at a good 5 gigs. Now, I'm lucky enough to have a broadband connection with no usage cap, but a good majority of people aren't that lucky. They may well be able to offer OS X as a download, but I don't think they could offer it *only* as a download. Plus, if Apple want to promote Macs in the enterprise, I don't think most businesses are going to be happy that they're dependent on Apple's download servers if something goes wrong, and there've been several times when the Apple servers have been swamped or even offline.

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