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  • Apple Expected to Launch Mac OS X Lion through Mac App Store


    With the expected release of Mac OS X Lion this summer, Apple appears to be planning on releasing it through the Mac App Store. This would be a first for the company, and would dramatically reduce manufacturing costs in the process. Apple is not expected to eliminate the disc version altogether, however, as some customers will still require a hardcopy version of the software.

    At this year’s World Wide Developers Conference in San Francisco (June 6-10), Apple is expected to expand on its plans for Mac OS X Lion. Developers working on pre-release versions of Lion have been using the Mac App Store to download beta versions of the software for quite some time now. It only makes sense for Apple to continue this trend and release the final version to the public this way as well.

    When Apple updated the MacBook Air late last year, Steve Jobs referred to it as the future of computing. If all future MacBook’s take on a similar design, then the SuperDrive that is now standard on all MacBook Pro models, will soon be a thing of the past. Apple appears to be laying the groundwork for this eventuality by releasing Lion through the Mac App Store. As soon as users get accustomed to downloading software instead of buying it on a CD, then Apple will be free to ditch the optical drive once and for all.

    The Mac App Store is one of the newest features coming to Mac OS X Lion, however, Apple decided not to withhold it until this summer and released it as part of a free Mac OS X 10.6.6 update instead. The Mac App Store has proven to be quite successful for Apple. They launched the store with about a thousand apps and within 24 hours, users had already downloaded a million applications.

    Digital distribution is also in line with Apple’s newfound commitment to the environment. By eliminating the packaging, Apple can reduce the amount of waste that eventually ends up in landfills. From a purely financial perspective, releasing Lion through the Mac App Store just makes sense. Hopefully, Apple will be able to pass on some of this savings and keep the price of admission low. When Snow Leopard was released, Apple only charged $29 for it. Will Lion come with a similar price tag? More will be revealed in June.

    Source: AppleInsider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Expected to Launch Mac OS X Lion through Mac App Store started by Wiley John Wright View original post
    Comments 35 Comments
    1. Stray's Avatar
      Stray -
      Quote Originally Posted by whereswaldo View Post
      I don't know about everyone, but I'd rather have the disk
      same here
    1. jiniej's Avatar
      jiniej -
      daaaaaaag they are mad tight u ever been 2 one der are like 3 up in ny no like 4 noww but i aint been to dat west side one.

      this thread is mad active
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Quote Originally Posted by whereswaldo View Post
      I don't know about everyone, but I'd rather have the disk
      I rather download it
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Ya, I have been to lots when I travel, from the NY cube to the regent street store in London. No Apple Store in Bermuda though.
    1. jiniej's Avatar
      jiniej -
      word yo. its ite.

      in the ideal situation there would be enough bandwidth for everyone to just have and we could all download it at the same time without and servers jammin.
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Simon View Post
      Some people dont have a Apple store
      I beleive we now have 5 here.
    1. eddy_on_mac's Avatar
      eddy_on_mac -
      There are still many areas where no internet connection available... we still need a restore cd/ other media..
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by Cer0 View Post
      I beleive we now have 5 here.
      Yay for you
    1. Cowboy's Avatar
      Cowboy -
      Awesome a simple dl
    1. jiniej's Avatar
      jiniej -
      i want this as an option either way
    1. Kewlk1d's Avatar
      Kewlk1d -
      Quote Originally Posted by Simon View Post
      Ya, I have been to lots when I travel, from the NY cube to the regent street store in London. No Apple Store in Bermuda though.
      Dude you're from bermuda!? I know someone who's from there
    1. Rob2G's Avatar
      Rob2G -
      Quote Originally Posted by Cer0 View Post
      Still wouldn't mind a disc so that way if I ever have to restore I can skip right to it instead of upgrading from snow lepord to get the mac store then downloading and then upgrading.


      Actually give us the USB install like MB Airs. Would love that.
      I would love if os x came on a up-dateable USB. That way you can update your installer and when new OS' come out you can get them from the Mac app store and put them on your USB. I know it's already possible with a flashdrive, but damn it I want apples MBA USB installer.

      Quote Originally Posted by jiniej View Post
      daaaaaaag they are mad tight u ever been 2 one der are like 3 up in ny no like 4 noww but i aint been to dat west side one.

      this thread is mad active
      What? I'm from SOcal but I never learned blackineise. Translate please.
    1. Anthony92's Avatar
      Anthony92 -
      Cant wait!!!

      Quote Originally Posted by Rob2G View Post
      What? I'm from SOcal but I never learned blackineise. Translate please.
      lol
    1. SwatPac's Avatar
      SwatPac -
      If they don't have to manufacture, package and ship the disc , that means they're saving money. They better lower the price for me too.

      If they don't have to manufacture, package and ship the disc , that means they're saving money. They better lower the price for me too.
    1. jiniej's Avatar
      jiniej -
      What? I'm from SOcal but I never learned blackineise. Translate please.
      that aint rite!

      the upper west side of manhattan i only been to one apple store in SF nothin in socal.