Apple to Release Lion on USB in August

Apple this week launched the newest version of its OS X operating system, Lion. The software debuted in Apple's Mac App Store and has already racked up a million downloads. However, downloading is not your only option; Apple is also releasing the new iteration of its OS on USB stick next month.

Costing $69, it's a full $40 more than the $29 users are paying for the download. Why is Apple selling the OS on USB and charging more than double the price? We can't say for sure, but we're betting it's got something to do with the fact that OS X Lion is a rather hefty download (almost 4GB) and not everyone has the speed or bandwidth to download it. Still, that doesn't completely excuse charging so much extra (Apple does need to cover costs for materials, shipping, handling, etc., but it can't be that much). Considering the month between digital and USB release, it would seem Apple is doing its best to push people towards the Mac App Store.

If you've got slow internet or a cap on your bandwidth and can't afford to fork out $70 (or don't want to) for OS X Lion, you can always lug your computer down to the local Apple Store and use its internet for your digital download.

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  • molo9000
    Quote:
    Why is Apple selling the OS on USB and charging more than double the price? We can't say for sure


    That's not too hard to figure out, is it?

    The Appstore version only works for people who already have 10.6 Snow Leopard.
    The USB version is also for people who still have 10.5 Leopard or 10.4 Tiger.

    This is probably also meant to reduce piracy. Since Apple doesn't bother with license keys, you can probably install the USB version on any Mac you come across.
  • tmax
    I wish more software would be released on USB like PC games, Windows, even music, and movies. It's a good idea IMO.
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  • andy5174
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    Why is Apple selling the OS on USB and charging more than double the price?


    Because it is "APPLE"!
  • nebun
    that's how they brag about their millions and billions of downloads
  • molo9000
    Quote:
    Why is Apple selling the OS on USB and charging more than double the price? We can't say for sure


    That's not too hard to figure out, is it?

    The Appstore version only works for people who already have 10.6 Snow Leopard.
    The USB version is also for people who still have 10.5 Leopard or 10.4 Tiger.

    This is probably also meant to reduce piracy. Since Apple doesn't bother with license keys, you can probably install the USB version on any Mac you come across.