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  • OS X Lion: Release The Beast Within For Only $29.99



    Apple announced today during the WWDC that OS X Lion will cost a mere $29.99 and be available in July. Score one for cheapskates everywhere.

    Also, the new version of OS X will be available only by download through the new Mac App Store as a 4GB download. The download will be able to be installed on all of your authorized Macs. This upgrade is considerably cheaper than the usual OS X upgrades of $129. Also, with no discs being available, and the price point so incredibly low, what in the world are pirates going to do?

    Apple has effectively made their software available through one location. There are no resellers. No physical copies. Slowly but surely the Mac universe will only be available when and were sir Jobs sees fit. Talk about vertical integration.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: OS X Lion: Release The Beast Within For Only $29.99 started by Phillip Swanson View original post
    Comments 20 Comments
    1. manickbarry's Avatar
      manickbarry -
      Cool I want it now when will it drop
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Not available for early intel macs. Core2Duo and beyond will work, but not macs made ~2006 with Core Duo
    1. z3r01's Avatar
      z3r01 -
      i needs this lol
    1. fourplay's Avatar
      fourplay -
      they're gonna have to make some physical copies, what happens if you need to format your system? that would be hell!
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Quote Originally Posted by fourplay View Post
      they're gonna have to make some physical copies, what happens if you need to format your system? that would be hell!
      There surely will be a way to do a clean install of Lion......hopefully.
    1. savon's Avatar
      savon -
      And if I'm running 10.5.8 that doesn't allow the app store, I'm out of luck..?
      So I'll have to buy / upgrade to Leopard first... How much money will this cost me?Interesting.
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Quote Originally Posted by savon View Post
      And if I'm running 10.5.8 that doesn't allow the app store, I'm out of luck..?
      So I'll have to buy / upgrade to Leopard first... How much money will this cost me?Interesting.
      10.5 is Leopard, so you might need to spend $29 on 10.6 Snow Leopard, then another $29 for 10.7 Lion
    1. cheekydevil1234's Avatar
      cheekydevil1234 -
      This is bulls$&t. I have just left Australia where I had 500gig per month download and now I live on an island in the south pacific that only offers me 4gig per month. I need physical copies!!!!! Not a download
    1. savon's Avatar
      savon -
      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      10.5 is Leopard, so you might need to spend $29 on 10.6 Snow Leopard, then another $29 for 10.7 Lion
      ...whoops, I meant "snow leopard". And yes, I realize what I'll need to do... Just think it's funny ALOT of people are going to think "sweet, I only need to spend $30" when in reality it will be double, or more. Ah well.
    1. Xenthis's Avatar
      Xenthis -
      Wow, typical apple...... Charging for updates...
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Xenthis View Post
      Wow, typical apple...... Charging for updates...
      Is this you being sarcastic?
      This is the equivalent for charging for upgrading from Windows XP -> Windows 7, or Windows 7 -> Windows 8....except it'll only cost $29 and not $100+
    1. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      How much does M$ charge for W7 pro?.......
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Quote Originally Posted by moon#pie View Post
      How much does M$ charge for W7 pro?.......
      A helluva lot more than $29 that's for sure.
    1. Pr. TOSHIBA's Avatar
      Pr. TOSHIBA -
      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      Not available for early intel macs. Core2Duo and beyond will work, but not macs made ~2006 with Core Duo
      That sucks. So you're saying that Lion will never be on my late 2006/early 2007 Macbook Pro (1,2)? * disappointed* I was getting all pumped up seeing the new features, then your post made me sad. I also dislike that there are no physical DVD copies. I prefer them.
    1. LSZ33's Avatar
      LSZ33 -
      When you begin the install in lion, it makes a recovery partition like the PC laptops that come w/o recovery discs. In the event you need a fresh restore, you'll have this partition to do so which is great.
    1. Lamborghini615's Avatar
      Lamborghini615 -
      I don't understand... Does this mean that the Mac will never come with OS X Lion pre-installed? Or will Apple make this the only way to get OS X Lion?
    1. Jurrassikk's Avatar
      Jurrassikk -
      Quote Originally Posted by Lamborghini615 View Post
      I don't understand... Does this mean that the Mac will never come with OS X Lion pre-installed? Or will Apple make this the only way to get OS X Lion?
      Of course it will, but for those who already have Macs at home, it cannot be pre-installed, lol.

      Once it is released, I'm pretty sure, all the Macs sold will have Lion pre-installed.
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Was hoping that it would go on sale on both. Really was hoping they would do a USB drive like the AIR's have. But oh well. Hopefully someone will make it USB bootable real quick.
    1. Captinsmooth's Avatar
      Captinsmooth -
      Quote Originally Posted by Cer0 View Post
      Was hoping that it would go on sale on both. Really was hoping they would do a USB drive like the AIR's have. But oh well. Hopefully someone will make it USB bootable real quick.

      I am hoping for the same thing. One of the best features of my MBA is the 10 minute reinstall of of snow leo with the thumb drive it came with.
    1. rfromet's Avatar
      rfromet -
      Quote Originally Posted by Xenthis View Post
      Wow, typical apple...... Charging for updates...
      It's not an update - it's a new operating system...

      So a company shouldn't charge anything for anything, right? Everything should be free? How much would you like them to charge?

      An no one said you "need" to upgrade. If you "want" to upgrade it's $30...

      I'd like a brand new "upgraded" car - should it be free?