Linked by David Adams on Wed 20th Jul 2011 15:13 UTC
Apple As widely anticipated, Apple's new major OSX release is available this morning, download-only, for $29.99 USD in the Mac App Store. There's a quick copy and paste job of the feature list after the jump. Also as expected, there's a new, Sandy Bridge-based Macbook Air. Update: A reader pointed out John Siracusa's Lion review at Ars.
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RE: Be warned...
by David on Wed 20th Jul 2011 16:27 UTC in reply to "Be warned..."
David
Member since:
1997-10-01

I would find that very annoying! Keep in mind that the installer creates a permanent recovery partition, so if you only have one Mac, you may never need the DVD backup. On the other hand, if you have more than one mac, your $30 lets you install it on all your computers, so a DVD would be handy in that case.

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RE[2]: Be warned...
by bryhhh on Wed 20th Jul 2011 18:10 in reply to "RE: Be warned..."
bryhhh Member since:
2005-07-22

I didn't realise it created a recovery partition, thanks for that. Regardless, I'd still prefer a physical piece of media to cover hard disk failures.

Edited 2011-07-20 18:11 UTC

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RE[3]: Be warned...
by Jennimc on Wed 20th Jul 2011 20:53 in reply to "RE[2]: Be warned..."
Jennimc Member since:
2011-06-22

I didn't realise it created a recovery partition, thanks for that. Regardless, I'd still prefer a physical piece of media to cover hard disk failures.


I just read an Apple press release regarding this:

"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."

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RE[3]: Be warned...
by MattPie on Wed 20th Jul 2011 21:27 in reply to "RE[2]: Be warned..."
MattPie Member since:
2006-04-18

I didn't realise it created a recovery partition, thanks for that. Regardless, I'd still prefer a physical piece of media to cover hard disk failures.

The ARS link mentions that there's a dmg in the recover partition that you can burn (I think).

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RE[3]: Be warned...
by kaiwai on Thu 21st Jul 2011 23:39 in reply to "RE[2]: Be warned..."
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

I didn't realise it created a recovery partition, thanks for that. Regardless, I'd still prefer a physical piece of media to cover hard disk failures.


On their latest models (ones they've just released without optical drives) you can replace the hard disk and apparently on the board itself there is the ability to install Mac OS X Lion over the internet using an 'on the board' recovery tool (maybe there is a 'flash' chip on their holding a recovery tool and stripped down Mac OS X?).

I too created a physical DVD plus I backed up the .app that was downloaded from the AppStore (7z'ed it) - did a clean install and everything is working beautifully so far.

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RE[2]: Be warned...
by jackeebleu on Thu 21st Jul 2011 02:30 in reply to "RE: Be warned..."
jackeebleu Member since:
2006-01-26

there's no need to do such a thing. If you have your Snow Leopard disc and have legally purchased a copy of Lion, all you need to do is log onto your App Store account and download again. Its a lot simpler than some of you make it. Remember, you can't install it clean, it relies on Snow Leopard.

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RE[3]: Be warned...
by Mithalas on Thu 21st Jul 2011 02:48 in reply to "RE[2]: Be warned..."
Mithalas Member since:
2009-01-23

Mine is a legal copy of both. Downloading a second time is crazy at 4gb and how do you do a clean install without media, and yes with the boot disk you can do a clean install.

Edited 2011-07-21 02:48 UTC

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RE[3]: Be warned...
by kaiwai on Thu 21st Jul 2011 23:43 in reply to "RE[2]: Be warned..."
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

there's no need to do such a thing. If you have your Snow Leopard disc and have legally purchased a copy of Lion, all you need to do is log onto your App Store account and download again. Its a lot simpler than some of you make it. Remember, you can't install it clean, it relies on Snow Leopard.


Some of us live in countries that have metered internet - in the case of me I have a 90GB 'allowance' per month so I sure as heck don't want to be wasting it re-downloading something if I can avoid it.

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