Will OS X Lion really release as download only?

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  1. max¥¥, Jun 20, 2011
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    max¥¥ macrumors 6502a

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    Do you guys think osx lion will really ship as download only? im kinda skeptical that it will, but what do you think
     
  2. mrapplegate macrumors 68030

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    There is no reason to doubt what Apple has said.
     
  3. Atarikid macrumors regular

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    100% and there will never be a DVD available. For sure.
     
  4. max¥¥, Jun 20, 2011
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    Has apple actually said it will be exclusively as a download?, i see nothing on their website saying it will be exclusively available as a download
     
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    Right, the Mac AppStore offers DVDs also...How did I forget that?

    Lion will only be offered as a digital download. End of thread. :)
     
  6. max¥¥ thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    ok thanks, that's what i wanted to know
     
  7. DaffyDuck macrumors 6502

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    I hate to be pedantic but replace ship with release in your title and it works a lot better.
     
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    I think your pedantric nature is, dare I say, kind of sexy.
     
  9. glossywhite macrumors 65816

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    Oh really? Hello Steve! :D

    What about Macs purchased with pre-installed Lion? Restore DVDs?

    Ah, okay Steve, sorry - you did say 100% :)
     
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    There is a small chance even new Macs will be sold without a Restore DVD since Lion is moving to the Recovery/Restore Partition. I can see them now not even including a DVD with new Macs.
     
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    Why would you even doubt it at this point? It's not hard to believe it will be download only. Only a matter of time before DVDs become obsolete and this is another step towards it.
     
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    This just in: Apple are going to supply Lion via thumb drive, delivered by carrier pigeon. There, now that's news!
     
  13. max¥¥, Jun 20, 2011
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    Wow! that's above and beyond even for apple, looking forward to receiving mine :)

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    As much as i believe you guys i can see why apple would have dvd's, you know there are still people either without internet or with very slow lines, so i can see that apple my do something like the 10.4 cd's where you have to call them to order them

    [rant] Am i the only one who thinks this comment rating thing is kinda pointless, i mean someone has gone through this thread and given my posts minus ratings, that's kinda pathetic, i was just asking a question, it's this kinda thing that drives people away from boards like this, everyone's opinion is valid, even if you don't agree with it[/rant]
     
  14. darrellishere macrumors 6502

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    I have the preview installed, but it didn't create a partition.
    Do you think it will be a downloadable iOS. disk image that we can keep and burn. I know no one knows. And its probably been mentioned a million times already. But what if we want to put a new drive. Will we have to pirate it and then burn it. LOL
     
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    How do you know it didn't create a partition? I know someone who installed it, and the "recovery" partition doesn't show up in DU, but it is still there, as it is available as a boot volume when you hold down OPT upon boot! ;)
     
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    you can pull the image from the installer then burn it to a disk, so no you won't have to pirate it
     
  17. JohnDoe98 macrumors 68020

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    If you look at the current Air line up, they come with resotre flash drives. Same with all new machines going forward. DVD drives will be dropping like flies from the Mac lineup.
     
  18. Cole JM macrumors regular

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    If you watch the video they say and I quote "The Mac app store is the only place to download lion" they never said there wont be a disk.
     
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    Actually he said it at the WWDC
     
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    Yeah.
     
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    If Lion is download only, how would one go out installing on a new hard drive? Snow Leopard (with all the updates to get the app store) then Lion? Seems kind of lame...
     
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    The new iMacs one can't replace the HDD, maybe the rest of their line will go that way so installing on a new HDD wont be needed.

    I can see situations where one would want/need to install on a new HDD. Your method seems the only legit way of doing it at the moment (agreed Lame). Hopefully Apple offer a official way to burn it to dvd or a thumbdrive.
     
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    I'm not darrellishere but anyway… I had the recovery partition until I enabled FileVault. Now it's gone both from DU and Opt boot. :(
     
  24. Fishrrman macrumors G4

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    "100% and there will never be a DVD available. For sure."

    I wouldn't be so sure.

    By making Lion "downloadable only from the Apple Store", Apple is trying to "bend the market" into a new shape that conforms to what _they_ (Apple) think it should be.

    The "market" doesn't work that way. Instead -- like Adam Smith's "invisible hand" -- the market works to satisfy itself.

    Apple is going to discover that their distribution model, while attractive to some, will cause problems for others.

    I predict Lion's sales will be brisk at the beginning (due to downloads from folks who are capable of obtaining it that way), but will quickly taper off. There's a large share of "potential buyers" out there who simply won't have the means to get ahold of it.

    I predict that when the idealist marketing guys at Apple (including Mr. Jobs himself) finally perceive this, they will relent and offer a "hard copy" purchase option of Lion at "extra cost". It's reasonable that a hard copy version should cost more, due to the extra expenses of manufacturing and distribution. $40-50 might be what it sells for.

    Wait and see!
     
  25. max¥¥ thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Well my point is that doesn't say Exclusively a Mac App Store download
    it would still make sense to offer a dvd, for things like a failed hdd a recovery partition is not going to be much help, one thing i can be sure of is that macs will ship with restore disks i am 100% sure of that
     

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