Wednesday, July 20th 2011

Mac OS X Lion Available Today From the Mac App Store

Apple today announced that Mac OS X Lion, the eighth major release of the world’s most advanced operating system with more than 250 new features, is available today as a download from the Mac App Store for $29.99. Some of the amazing features in Lion include: new Multi-Touch gestures; system-wide support for full screen apps; Mission Control, an innovative view of everything running on your Mac; the Mac App Store, the best place to find and explore great software, built right into the OS; Launchpad, a new home for all your apps; and a completely redesigned Mail app.

“Lion is the best version of OS X yet, and we’re thrilled that users around the world can download it starting today,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “Lion makes upgrading a Mac easier than ever before; just launch the Mac App Store, buy Lion with your iTunes account, and the download and install process will begin automatically.”

Additional new features in Lion include:
  • Resume, which conveniently brings your apps back exactly how you left them when you restart your Mac or quit and relaunch an app;
  • Auto Save, which automatically and continuously saves your documents as you work;
  • Versions, which automatically records the history of your document as you create it, and gives you an easy way to browse, revert and even copy and paste from previous versions; and
  • AirDrop, which finds nearby Macs and automatically sets up a peer-to-peer wireless connection to make transferring files quick and easy.
Pricing & Availability
Mac OS X Lion is available as an upgrade to Mac OS X version 10.6.6 Snow Leopard® from the Mac App Store for $29.99 (US). Lion is the easiest OS X upgrade and at around 4GB, it is about the size of an HD movie from the iTunes Store. Users who do not have broadband access at home, work or school can download Lion at Apple retail stores and later this August, Lion will be made available on a USB thumb drive through the Apple Store® (www.apple.com) for $69 (US). Mac OS X Lion Server requires Lion and is available from the Mac App Store for $49.99 (US).

Lion requires an Intel-based Mac with a Core 2 Duo, i3, i5, i7 or Xeon processor and 2GB of RAM. Lion is an upgrade and can be installed on all your authorized personal Macs. Details regarding Business and Education licensing can be found at apple.com/macosx.
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19 Comments on Mac OS X Lion Available Today From the Mac App Store

#2
ManofGod
by: Wrigleyvillain
Woo

Haters gonna hate in 3...2...
I still think it is a wrong idea to not have it available on DVD as well by default.
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#3
Undead46
Honestly, I see this more as a Service Pack rather than a new OS....
And I don't see where the $30 value comes from either...

:/
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#4
ASharp
Should rename the site macPowerUp! ;)
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#5
Jstn7477
by: btarunr

Mac OS X Lion is available as an upgrade to Mac OS X version 10.6.6 Snow Leopard® from the Mac App Store for $29.99 (US). Lion is the easiest OS X upgrade and at around 4GB, it is about the size of an HD movie from the iTunes Store. Users who do not have broadband access at home, work or school can download Lion at Apple retail stores and later this August, Lion will be made available on a USB thumb drive through the Apple Store® (apple.com) for $69 (US). Mac OS X Lion Server requires Lion and is available from the Mac App Store for $49.99 (US).
They sure know how to mark up a flash drive. Costs as much as two copies of the OS apparently.
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#6
Red_Machine
Wow, looks just like iOS on the iPad. Way to dumb down the desktop OS, Apple.
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#7
Ravenas
Too bad... Apple placed way too many restictions on requriements for me to upgrade my old MacBook which I've had running on 6 years now. :ohwell:
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#9
freaksavior
To infinity ... and beyond!
Apple has done this with the last two "OSs" it's more of tweaks and under the hood than a full new OS like 10.5 was. It's nice but apple has some God complex here. They switched the scrolling so up is down and down is up. WTF!

NEws flash Apple, UP is up, and DOWN is down. Not the opposite, were not in 3rd grade where it's opposite day.
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#10
FordGT90Concept
"I go fast!1!11!1!"
That sounds like a pretty minor update. They should be offering that free to download, not charge $30+ for it.

AirDrop especially sounds like a gapping security hole.
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#11
[H]@RD5TUFF
by: Wrigleyvillain
Woo

Haters gonna hate in 3...2...
Hooray for Unix .. . .

by: FordGT90Concept
That sounds like a pretty minor update. They should be offering that free to download, not charge $30+ for it.

AirDrop especially sounds like a gapping security hole.
But it's game changing, and revolutionary, and "Magical!"!
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#12
aj28
by: Jstn7477
They sure know how to mark up a flash drive. Costs as much as two copies of the OS apparently.
One might assume that the flash drive version is a full OS license, rather than an upgrade to Snow Leopard, meaning the markup is really more like $10.01, wherein Snow Leopard is $29.00 and the upgrade is $29.99, making for a total cost of $58.99 versus $69.00 (for the Lion flash drive) when they presumably stop selling the Snow Leopard discs.

Not saying it's a fabulous value or anything, but when you take into consideration the full feature list, it comes across as a little more worthwhile than the press release makes it sound...
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#13
repman244
by: FordGT90Concept
charge $30 for it.
It's a feature :laugh:
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#14
[H]@RD5TUFF
by: repman244
It's a feature :laugh:
/thread
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#15
NC37
Can I finally buy 10.5 now to upgrade my old RISC Macs? Pfft...terrible how Apple just didn't make enough of that then forced 10.6 on everyone which required 10.5.
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#16
Reventon
I saw this OS in action today. Some nice new features.
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#17
Wile E
Power User
I'm gonna wait to upgrade until I know for sure most of the bugs are squashed. I learned a long time ago not to upgrade OS X right away, as doing so will break compatibility with some programs until they update.

That said, I am indifferent to most of the new features. I still liked Tiger the best. Light and fast, but still with good features. Leopard was a piece of poop. Snow Leopard is just what Leopard should have been. I hope Lion doesn't disappoint.
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#18
TheMailMan78
Big Member
by: Wile E
I'm gonna wait to upgrade until I know for sure most of the bugs are squashed. I learned a long time ago not to upgrade OS X right away, as doing so will break compatibility with some programs until they update.

That said, I am indifferent to most of the new features. I still liked Tiger the best. Light and fast, but still with good features. Leopard was a piece of poop. Snow Leopard is just what Leopard should have been. I hope Lion doesn't disappoint.
I liked 9.1 the best :laugh:

But yeah of all the OSX beasts Tiger was my fav. Panther wasnt too bad but Tiger was more stable IMO.

As for this "Upgrade" its the new Apple. 30 dollar service packs. Not like the days of old.
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#19
CDdude55
Crazy 4 TPU!!!
Last Mac i used was an IMac G3 with either OS 8 or 9 on it, the variety of colors those machines came in were super sexy. lol
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