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Lion USB drive reaches Apple online store

updated 09:15 am EDT, Tue August 16, 2011

Shipping delay at 1 to 3 days

Following up on retail availability, Apple has made the USB release of OS X Lion available on its online store. The stick costs $69, as opposed to the normal Mac App Store price of $30, but provides a physical backup and allows a person to install or reinstall Lion without having an Internet connection handy. Shipping times are currently sitting at 1 to 3 business days.

The drive has two key requirements. Aside from an existing Snow Leopard install, an upgrading Mac must have 7GB of disk space free. Apple also warns that if a person wants to reinstall the USB version of Lion, the stick becomes mandatory; the software can't be reinstalled through Lion Recovery, which redownloads the OS if a person bought it through the Mac App Store.

by MacNN Staff



  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    People were saying the $70 price tag was for not just Lion ($30), but because you didn't need Snow Leopard ($30). So the $10 was for the USB key, packagaing, etc.

    Turns out you need SL, so apparently Apple is charging $40 for packaging.

    Yeah, I guess that's one way to convince people that your concept of "everything over the internet" is the better choice.

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