Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 4th May 2011 21:51 UTC, submitted by poundsmack
Mac OS X "With the release of Mac OS X 10.7 Lion this summer, Apple will make the switch to a new kind of digital distribution for its operating system upgrades by releasing the software first through its new Mac App Store, AppleInsider has learned. The Mac App Store, available to all users running the most recent version of Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, will become the de facto method for obtaining the Lion upgrade, people familiar with the matter have revealed. Users will be able to upgrade instantly without the need for physical media by purchasing Lion through the Mac App Store." The old-fashioned regular disc version (and hopefully, on a USB drive for Air owners such as myself) will still be available.
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by nathbeadle on Wed 4th May 2011 22:18 UTC
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I see this as a good move while still allowing people like me who need to have physical media on hand.

I really think this will be a winning move as more people will become aware sooner of a new Mac OS X version when they see an announcement in the App Store. Right now the average user has to bump into this info through reading on a website or hearing it from an tech friend.

Granted there are a few questions I have on how you install this on a system that has crashed.. have to install Snow Leopard first??

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