My new iMac shipped with Lion on it.

Discussion in 'iMac' started by jpetticrew, Sep 19, 2011.

  1. jpetticrew macrumors 6502a


    May 13, 2009
    I just opened the iMac I ordered from the Online Apple Store last week and it shipped with Lion. So it looks like Apple has started the move to Lion on all of their computers.
  2. alust2013 macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
    They have been shipping all computers with Lion for a few weeks now.
  3. xraydoc macrumors 604


    Oct 9, 2005

    Why wouldn't it?
  4. Kenjhee macrumors regular

    Jan 30, 2011
    I got my new BTO 27" i5 exactly a month ago yesterday, Lion installed. For me, the hardest thing about evaluating v.10.7 is the fact that I haven't used a Mac of any kind for 15 years. People ask me how I like Lion, and I have to reply I'm really not sure what is Lion and what is Snow Leopard.
  5. ditzy macrumors 68000


    Sep 28, 2007
    That makes sense. I would not really be expecting a new iMac ordered online to be running Snow Leopard. Although I would be expecting it from a reseller.
  6. TheAnswer 03 macrumors newbie

    Sep 11, 2011
    If I buy a base $1199 iMac via online, would it come with Lion also? There's probably some Snow Leopard systems left in stock?
  7. Wasabisjors macrumors member


    Feb 2, 2009
    Nah they'll have Lion pre-installed. All orders via online Apple Store will give you Lion pre-installed. Doesn't it say in the specs overview?!
  8. admanimal macrumors 68040

    Apr 22, 2005
    Started the move? Lion has been out for 2 months. All new systems from Apple were probably shipping with it within a week or two of Lion's release.
  9. Maschil macrumors 6502a


    Jun 19, 2011
    makes sense. i even ordered a macbook pro 13 inch base on amazon on August 15, and it shipped with lion, possibily due to amazon running out of stock (from the 20 percent off fiasco) but who knows...
  10. jpetticrew thread starter macrumors 6502a


    May 13, 2009
    Well I went to a retail store and they only had SL machines. They said they would;t have Lion machines for a few months, so I just assumed. I went online finally thinking that maybe I'd have better luck.

    Only the Mac Mini and MacBook Air say specifically that they "ship with Lion" so I was a bit shocked when I got my iMac. The iMac order page still references the up to date program.
  11. jayhawk11 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 19, 2007
    The Up to Date program is there as a reminder for people unlucky enough to buy from a reseller.

    Effective 7/20 (Lion Launch day) all Macs were shipping with Lion pre-installed. They probably just re-imaged at the factory with the GM build.
  12. 4zuresky macrumors member

    Aug 14, 2011
    Lucky! When I bought my iMac about a month ago from a retail apple store, it didn't come with lion when I turned it on. I was confused, but I just did a clean install with lion on it anyway. It took more time, but I am still very satisfied :)
  13. moxxey macrumors regular

    Feb 27, 2011
    Completely correct. This mistake here is mixing up ordering from and the Apple Stores. I went to buy an Air 11" from my local store the other day and they only had SL-installed versions in stock still. Old stock has to clear through the system first.

    Of course, you get Lion free with the up-to-date program, but he is right in saying that some Apple hardware still has SL installed in retail.
  14. Elise macrumors 6502

    Sep 22, 2007
    My local retail store confirmed that their iMacs have got Lion pre-installed, which is great and one less thing for me to do when I buy mine.
  15. Icaras, Sep 20, 2011
    Last edited: Sep 20, 2011

    Icaras macrumors 603


    Mar 18, 2008
    California, United States
    So much confusion in this thread. Second poster was right.

    Pre-existing macs have been shipping with Lion preinstalled since day one. I know, because I ordered one online on Lion launch day and received a Lion iMac. It just depended on whether you ordered a standard config models or a BTO model. They have to run out of their existing standard config Macs before they start replacing them with Lion models. However if you ordered a BTO model, you had a much higher chance of getting Lion preinstalled at the factory. It seems though that Apple is finally catching up to the standard models now.

    And you simply distinguish Lion and Snow Leopard Macs by the art on the box. Snow Leopard "purple nebula" wallpaper vs. Lion "blue galaxy" wallpaper.
  16. Red Dmitry macrumors newbie

    Sep 6, 2011
    Are there SL installation discs in the box, or no disc at all?
  17. seb-opp macrumors 6502

    Nov 16, 2008
    there wouldnt be
  18. reputationZed macrumors 65816

    Mar 9, 2011
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    Was the store still selling the 2010 model? The 2011's were never released with SL.
  19. Qwaf macrumors regular

    Sep 11, 2010
    They started shipping them with Lion on it from the day it released. Of course, they probably had quite a bit of stock to shift in different stores and warehouses that still had Snow Leopard on it, but they've likely put Lion on all new builds from even before the day Lion was released to the public.
  20. Red Dmitry macrumors newbie

    Sep 6, 2011
    So there is no way to reinstall(clean reinstall) OS if needed - sad
  21. talmy macrumors 601


    Oct 26, 2009
    There are several ways:

    1. Boot to the recovery partition and reinstall (assuming original drive).
    2. Clone the drive when system is new and save it.
    3. Apple has restore flash drives available through AppleCare for disaster recovery.
    4. You can buy a Lion flash drive.
    5. If you have another Mac and upgrade it to Lion you can made an install DVD from the Lion installer download.

    In addition, expect at some point the Internet recovery feature will be available on new iMacs (and MacBook Pros and Mac Pros) the same as it is for 2011 MacBook Airs and Mac minis.
  22. Red Dmitry macrumors newbie

    Sep 6, 2011
    Don't like them all. I like:
    1) turn mac
    2) put install CD in it
    3) /format all
    4) install new totally clean OS

    Without install CD it's impossible - that's what I don't like.
  23. panzer06 macrumors 68030


    Sep 23, 2006
    ^This. I really don't like this push to have everything online. You can't even play single player on some games w/o having a persistent online connection. The internet is no where near reliable enough for me to trust having everything online. Give me a restore DVD or at least give me the capability to create restore disks natively when the machine arrives.

  24. orangezorki macrumors 6502a

    Aug 30, 2006
    I agree as well. Almost everything I do is over the internet, but for someone as old and decrepit as myself (28), I learned on the powerhouse that was the Powerbook 1600c (hands up everyone who remembers SCSI Zip drives!). The internet on that beast was provided by a 28.8k PCMCIA TDK modem and if I had started downloading Lion when I bought it second hand in about '97-'98, I'd probably be still waiting today. Whilst all Apple hardware has been pretty reliable for me, and I think I have done at most one necessary reinstall, there is always that fear that your internet connection will be down and you desperately need access to disk utility or a complete reinstall.

    I know that Apple are thinking about phasing out the optical disk drive, and I understand the reasons (cost, reliability, bringing people into the app store ecosystem), but whilst DVD drives are still put in their machines, I don't see the problem with including a DVD install disk. Even locking it to the ethernet/airport MAC address or just that particular model would not be a problem at all, as it is only meant to be an emergency backup for that particular machine. This would be even easier with a USB stick, as each one could be loaded with the relevant key.

  25. DW58 macrumors regular


    Sep 2, 2011
    My MBP 8,2 bought on 9/9/2011 had Snow Leopard when bought from the Apple Store - their MAs and iMac had Lions, MBPs did not. I now have 10.7.1 on it, working great.

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