Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Apple Now Shipping OS X Lion On Thumb Drives

Starting today Apple has begun shipping thumb drives containing the latest version of their Mac OS X operating system, version 10.7 aka Lion. The drives which cost $69, more than double the price of the downloaded version.

Lion, which debuted July 20, is available as a download directly from Apple's Mac App Store and carries a $29.99 price tag for the digital download of approximately 3.7GB. The thumb drive allows users with no (or limited) internet connectivity to apply the same update. The downside, higher price aside, is that according to Apple, Macs upgraded to Lion with the USB drive cannot be restored in case of emergency using the usual recovery partition, but must re-use the thumb drive to reinstall the OS.

More information about the USB drive is available on Apple's online store.

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