Lion and MBA

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Mike84, Dec 10, 2010.

  1. macrumors 6502a

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    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?
     
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    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.
     
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    I'm half expecting them to toss it on the Mac App Store for Air users ;) A thumb drive install would be nice though.
     
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    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...
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
  7. thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    You and I are in the same boat. I too opted for the 4GB of ram.
     
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    macrumors 6502a

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    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?"
     
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    wordoflife

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    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.
     
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    Neolithium

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    I highly doubt that flash stick that comes with the MBA costs even close to $10.
     
  11. macrumors 6502a

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    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.
     

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