Will Lion update via the Mac App Store?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by pineapple216, Jul 18, 2011.

  1. pineapple216 macrumors member


    Apr 12, 2010
    Will Lion update via the Mac App Store?

    What do you think, of this, since Lion is distributed via the Mac App Store only.

    Will the current software update disappear, so that system updates go via the Mac App Store?
  2. CptAwesome macrumors member

    May 10, 2010
    I don't think so, Software Update is still present?
  3. superstrikertwo macrumors 65816


    Jun 9, 2008
    No, Lion will update through Software Update.
  4. ChristianVirtual macrumors 601


    May 10, 2010
    In the long run I would expect both to merge but right now Mac App Store always deliver full version ( to my understanding) while Software Update actually can deliver part of the OS to be updated (e.g. Single firmware, graphic driver, browser, etc)

    Just a little tweak needed for the app store and we can merge ...
  5. Cougarcat macrumors 604

    Sep 19, 2003
    The app store supports delta updates now, but you're right that software update isn't going anywhere.
  6. seong macrumors 65816


    Feb 11, 2010
    I believe it will update through Software update only for the moment. Apple might be testing out to eliminate the Software update app I suppose, since all the updates can now be accessed through the Mac App Store anyways. This might be Apple's next step to get rid of piracy. It's just my opinion.
  7. haravikk macrumors 65816

    May 1, 2005
    I really hope not, as you need to have the Mac App Store open in order to see/download updates, while Software Update will happily check for you in the background.

    I can see them being merged eventually, but perhaps by having the Mac App Store launch an update check daemon so it can do checks in the background with the App Store closed, and then launch it if an update becomes available.
  8. basher macrumors 6502


    May 27, 2011
    Glendale, AZ USA
    I don't think updates will be out via the App Store initially. There IMO is a strong chance that Apple would use the App Store for updates in the near future.

    With Lion being available as a download form the App Store I see that as a move towards preventing the piracy of the OS. Sure today you can copy Lion to a pen drive and install to your hearts content. But once updates are delivered via the App Store all that will cease.

    I like the idea of updates via the App Store.

    As a side note: I wonder how many that are seeing bugs in Lion are using pirated copies. I also wonder if those that are distributing the pirated copies are altering the files in those copies.
  9. Modano macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2003
    New Orleans
    I see what you and Seong are saying but Apple has never cared much about OS piracy. The OS exists to sell hardware. I don't think they want it to be easy to pass around but they've never been punitive about it.
  10. Nuckinfuts macrumors 6502

    Jun 15, 2011
    Syracuse, NY
    The app store is designed to take an app and drop it in your /Applications/ folder, Software update is designed to take a patch file and overwrite files anywhere in the file system.

    It would be scary for the App Store process to be given access to permissions like that

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