Register FAQ / Rules Forum Spy Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read
Go Back   MacRumors Forums > Apple Hardware > Notebooks > MacBook Air

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old Dec 11, 2010, 12:33 AM   #1
Mike84
macrumors 6502a
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_2_1 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.2 Mobile/8C148 Safari/6533.18.5)

When lion is released will we be able to get a thumb drive for the MBA with lion on it much like how we get a thumb drive originally?
Mike84 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 11, 2010, 12:36 AM   #2
rprebel
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Where the bluebonnets bloom
I don't believe there's any official word on how they'll release it, but I can't imagine Apple would not make Lion available to the new MBAs somehow. A thumb drive makes the most sense, but it's all speculation.
rprebel is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 11, 2010, 02:40 AM   #3
Neolithium
macrumors 6502a
 
Neolithium's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Wherever the army needs me.
Send a message via AIM to Neolithium Send a message via MSN to Neolithium Send a message via Skype™ to Neolithium
I'm half expecting them to toss it on the Mac App Store for Air users A thumb drive install would be nice though.
__________________
I haz Twitter too!
MacBook Air 4,2 16GB iPhone 4S
Neolithium is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 11, 2010, 07:20 AM   #4
fswmacguy
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPod; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_2_1 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.2 Mobile/8C148 Safari/6533.18.5)

It is arguably cheaper for Apple to distribute software by way of a tiny read-only flash drive as compared to having to burn a DVD, spend money on ink, printing process, etc...
fswmacguy is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 11, 2010, 08:42 AM   #5
Andreas Grauel
macrumors newbie
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Bonn, Germany
I bet you can buy it in the Mac AppStore and have the Option to get a CD or Thumb Drive via Mail or just an image to download.
Andreas Grauel is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 11, 2010, 08:53 AM   #6
wirelessmacuser
macrumors 68000
 
wirelessmacuser's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Planet.Earth
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mike84 View Post
Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_2_1 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.2 Mobile/8C148 Safari/6533.18.5)

When lion is released will we be able to get a thumb drive for the MBA with lion on it much like how we get a thumb drive originally?
Let's say for sake of conversation the answer is yes.

The even _more important_question is how much will the measley 2GB of ram SLOW DOWN you're normal usage?

Me? I exercised patience & waited a few extra days for a BTO with 4GB.

Why?

Because I knew I'd use it for far more than originally intended. Now I have no worries about memory.
wirelessmacuser is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 11, 2010, 09:01 AM   #7
Mike84
Thread Starter
macrumors 6502a
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Quote:
Originally Posted by wirelessmacuser View Post
Let's say for sake of conversation the answer is yes.

The even _more important_question is how much will the measley 2GB of ram SLOW DOWN you're normal usage?

Me? I exercised patience & waited a few extra days for a BTO with 4GB.

Why?

Because I knew I'd use it for far more than originally intended. Now I have no worries about memory.
You and I are in the same boat. I too opted for the 4GB of ram.
Mike84 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 11, 2010, 12:25 PM   #8
AppliedMicro
macrumors 6502a
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Quote:
Originally Posted by fswmacguy View Post
It is arguably cheaper for Apple to distribute software by way of a tiny read-only flash drive as compared to having to burn a DVD, spend money on ink, printing process, etc...
An 8GB USB Flash drive costs about $10 (retail), while a Dual Layer DVD can be had for a fraction of that.
And there shouldn't be much of a difference in terms of packaging.

Offering 10.7 on Flash Drives might still be a good idea:
Apple offers a diskless computer. And with the MacBook Air's increasing mainstream appeal, more and more customers are going to be pissed off when they can't re-install their computer without buying additional hardware.

"Let me get this straight... your friggin' software is broken - and you're telling me I have to go purchase a $100 external thingy just to reinstall and fix that?"

Last edited by AppliedMicro; Dec 11, 2010 at 12:36 PM.
AppliedMicro is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 11, 2010, 12:34 PM   #9
wordoflife
macrumors 604
 
wordoflife's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Republic City, URN.
I think it will have to be on a USB for MBA users. If they take out the SuperDrive as well for the MacBook Pros, then I'm sure the USB will be the best option.
__________________
"When we hit our lowest point, we are open to the greatest change."
wordoflife is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 11, 2010, 12:35 PM   #10
Neolithium
macrumors 6502a
 
Neolithium's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Wherever the army needs me.
Send a message via AIM to Neolithium Send a message via MSN to Neolithium Send a message via Skype™ to Neolithium
Quote:
Originally Posted by AppliedMicro View Post
An 8GB USB Flash drive costs about $10 (retail), while a Dual Layer DVD can be had for a fraction of that.
I highly doubt that flash stick that comes with the MBA costs even close to $10.
__________________
I haz Twitter too!
MacBook Air 4,2 16GB iPhone 4S
Neolithium is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 11, 2010, 12:46 PM   #11
AppliedMicro
macrumors 6502a
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Quote:
Originally Posted by Neolithium View Post
I highly doubt that flash stick that comes with the MBA costs even close to $10.
Of course not.
Apple won't be buying the things at retail price.
But I also highly doubt that Apple pay even close to the $0.60 or so per writable DVD.

Anyway you look at it: USB drives are way (!) more expensive than DVD media.
AppliedMicro is offline   0 Reply With Quote

Reply
MacRumors Forums > Apple Hardware > Notebooks > MacBook Air

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Lion and Third-Party Gfx Cards????? UltraNEO* Mac Pro 32 Aug 12, 2011 05:04 PM
Lion and MBA 2010 11inch need advice babymor81 Mac OS X 10.7 Lion 11 Aug 10, 2011 12:03 PM
Am I able to install Lion from 2011 macbook Air? chibamac Mac OS X 10.7 Lion 12 Jul 21, 2011 06:01 PM
Is There a Way to Install Both Lion and SL? realph Mac OS X 10.7 Lion 9 Jul 13, 2011 11:43 AM
Lion and MBA refresh both coming soon.. SteelWheel Mac OS X 10.7 Lion 0 Jun 7, 2011 03:56 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:03 AM.

Mac Rumors | Mac | iPhone | iPhone Game Reviews | iPhone Apps

Mobile Version | Fixed | Fluid | Fluid HD
Copyright 2002-2013, MacRumors.com, LLC