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Old Jul 20, 2011, 07:53 AM   #1
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Apple to Sell Lion on USB Thumb Drive Starting in August for $69






In Apple's press release for OS X Lion, the company revealed that they will be selling OS X Lion on USB Flash Drive as well starting in August:
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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® (www.apple.com) for $69 (US).
This should allay concerns about those who can't easily download Lion using their home internet connection, or may want some sort of physical media.

Article Link: Apple to Sell Lion on USB Thumb Drive Starting in August for $69
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Old Jul 20, 2011, 07:55 AM   #2
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Good for people who need to upgrade a lot of Macs at once. I didn't think Lion would always be download-only.
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Old Jul 20, 2011, 07:59 AM   #4
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I wonder if this is how they will be distributing the up-to-date copies as well.
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I think it's great they're going to offer a physical option - the part I cannot understand is how it apparently asks for a $40 markup? Sure I understand production and distribution costs, but they managed to ship Snow Leopard on a disc for only $29 a couple years ago, I wouldn't imagine a ~4GB thumb drive to cause that much of a price increase.
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Old Jul 20, 2011, 08:01 AM   #6
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Apparently the thumbdrive can transform into a 3d lion ala transformers.
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Old Jul 20, 2011, 08:01 AM   #7
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Good news

Sweet. Exactly what I need.
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It is pricey but a workable option.

I am sure there is a $ penalty for the engineering, packaging and manufacture of the device plus a penalty for the holding to older tech.
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Old Jul 20, 2011, 08:03 AM   #9
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That's quite a premium but I bet it will sell and that gives me more reason to keep my apple shares.
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Old Jul 20, 2011, 08:05 AM   #10
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Of course this is welcome news. In the other threads, people have been crying for months about some weird hypothetical case where they can't download Lion and need a physical copy. Now, I'm sure they'll find something new to complain about, ie the price, or that it's not on a DVD, or something else.

I'm glad to read this!
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Old Jul 20, 2011, 08:07 AM   #11
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I'm glad they're offering us that. I might go for it, but at that price I might just go and download it at an Apple Store if there is an easy way to make a physical backup of the download. I understand some markup for the additional costs of packaging and shipping, but it can't be too much. I would expect a $10-15 markup.
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Old Jul 20, 2011, 08:12 AM   #12
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If it looks like the reinstall thumb drive for the MacBook Air, I'll get one just to have it.
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Old Jul 20, 2011, 08:16 AM   #13
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It's a sensible solution. Perhaps it's one that Apple have decided on retrospectively after the negative feedback but whatever is behind it, well done to them. It'll solve the problem for those who either can't or don't want to download the OS and paying a premium for that is fair enough IMHO.
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Old Jul 20, 2011, 08:21 AM   #14
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This was obviously going to happen. Now all the 'get a better internet connection' fools can finally shut up.
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Old Jul 20, 2011, 08:21 AM   #15
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They are really pushing the App Store. $40 for a flash drive, come on man! those are dirt cheap these days.
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Anyone know if they will have a family pack to upgrade multiple macs as in the past?
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Old Jul 20, 2011, 08:35 AM   #17
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i'm pretty sure apple is just doing the price hike because they want to discourage people from buying the physical OS and instead use the Mac App Store to download it. They've been doing this for years by taking away CD/DVD drives in things like the Macbook Air and now the MacMini. They want to move everyone into digital downloads, and one way to push people is to make it more expensive to purchase a hard copy.
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I wouldn't mind getting Lion a month later if I get a USB. If it's the same model as the ones that come with the Macbook Air, it's well worth the $40 in my opinion.
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I wouldn't mind getting Lion a month later if I get a USB. If it's the same model as the ones that come with the Macbook Air, it's well worth the $40 in my opinion.
The USB drive is $69
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The USB drive is $69
I meant $40 markup :P
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Making my own as soon as the download is over ^^
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I wonder if this is how they will be distributing the up-to-date copies as well.
No. I'm downloading now my uptodate. Redeem code.
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No. I'm downloading now my uptodate. Redeem code.
I have the uptodate thing too but I hope they give me an option to get it now on the app store or a month later on a usb!
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Smart move. I had a feeling that MAS-only wouldn't be the case for long. Just at launch.
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It looks pricey, but I'd assume this is a full install even for those on pre-SL systems. That'd be the price of Snow Leopard + Lion + well, a premium.

(and yup, I know the SL upgrade disk would do a new install).
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