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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RE: More options, more success
by grabberslasher on Wed 4th May 2011 22:40 UTC in reply to "More options, more success"
grabberslasher
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2006-02-09

Actually no, Lion creates a small recovery partition on your drive that will allow you to reinstall the OS and your apps over the internet/App Store if you hold a key on boot. It's quite clever, and should alleviate most install issues (asides a drive failure, of course).

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danieldk Member since:
2005-11-18

The DVD image of Snow Leopard can be copied verbatim to a USB flash drive to get a bootable USB Snow Leopard installer. Who says the same won't be true for this 'recovery partition'?

This will finally allow them to kill DVD drives on MacBook Pro's in the near future as well. Which is nice, because it allows Apple to make the laptop flatter (such as the MacBook Air) or fit larger batteries. Both are a win IMO.

Edited 2011-05-05 10:38 UTC

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