Purchasing MacBook Pro with Lion preinstalled?

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  1. robertd macrumors newbie

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    Hey guys! I finally have decided it's time for an upgrade from my 2006 MacBook Pro. I am planning on purchasing another MacBook Pro but I wanted to wait until Lion would be the operating system running on it from the start. Any ideas when the Macs will begin shipping with Lion rather than Snow Leopard?

    Thanks!
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

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    When apple finishes selling all the SL equipped MBPs in the distribution chain - 2 to 4 weeks.
     
  3. Nde, Jul 21, 2011
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    You don't have to wait. Any recent order ( and I can be wrong) within the last week will get a coupon to download Lion free.

    Update - Actually since 6/6/2011.

    http://www.apple.com/macosx/uptodate/

    Customers who purchase a qualifying new Mac Computer or an Apple Certified Refurbished computer from the Apple Online Store between June 6, 2011 and July 20, 2011 that does not include OS X Lion can upgrade to OS X Lion for free.


    Good luck.
     
  4. drambuie macrumors 6502a

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    If you buy it from an Apple retail store, it will have Lion installed. Effective yesterday, all Macs bought at Apple retail stores have Lion installed. I was at a store yesterday, and that's what the sign read. Also, all the display Macs in the store had Lion installed.
     
  5. udontno macrumors regular

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    I feel your pain because I'm currently waiting to buy a MBP... I want it to ship with Lion installed on it. I also want to buy online from the education store, so I'm trying to wait patiently!
     
  6. TimSS macrumors member

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    I purchased a MBP via the education store Tuesday night. Expect it to arrive tomorrow; will post what it comes with, if you're interested.
     
  7. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    I'd buy now and keep snow leopard as it's known to be working and most of the bugs have been worked out.

    Lion is still a .0 release and is full of bugs. Why not buy now and get both for free?
     
  8. udontno macrumors regular

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    Post because I want to know! How long does it take for computers to ship usually? I leave for college on August 23 I believe and I want to make sure my computer is here, I'm adjusted to it and know how to use it, all of my files are moved or on an external drive, etc.

    I want my computer shipped with Lion so hopefully there will be install disks/flashdrive that comes with it. I want to go to the "latest and the greatest", I have no desire to adjust to SL only to switch to Lion when it is more stable. I'm sure Lion will be plenty stable, I want Lion from the get go.
     
  9. jenzjen macrumors 68000

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    There are no install disks or USB flash drive anymore. Lion uses Internet Recovery.
     
  10. robertd thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yes, TimSS if you could post that would be great.

    Thanks for all the input everyone. I wasn't really worried about paying for Lion I was more concerned that upgrading to Lion would take up space on my brand new computer. Does it take up more memory to upgrade?

    I'm a college student so I am also waiting planning on going with the educational discount.
     
  11. robertd thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I went to my university and the tech/apple specialist there said that every computer they had updated so far actually gained memory. Apparently Lion saves space that Snow Leopard used. So I'm guessing upgrading is okay.
     
  12. spazma7ik macrumors 6502a

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    Honestly, I'd stick to Snow Leopard. It's a lot more stable and Mission Control totally fails in comparison to what we were already capable of with SL's hot corner window spread.

    Let the kinks work out.
     
  13. podsorcerer09 macrumors regular

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    I just got off the phone with my local apple store. I'm looking to go buy a 13 inch pro and I asked them what the chances were they would have lion on them. The woman who picked up the phone said that it would probably be a month or even two before that happened. Because it's back to school season Apple cranked out a lot of the 13 inch pros to fill their supply chain. Best option at this point is to just go and get your computer and then download lion. The upside is that you can make your own restore dvd/flash drive if you so chose now.
     
  14. TimSS macrumors member

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    I could've sworn I posted a reply to this thread, but don't see it. Oh well. Anyway, I received my order on July 21st, and Lion was NOT installed.

    There's another thread where the poster ordered same day as me, and received a MBP with Lion installed (and updated keyboard).
     

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