Lion to launch on App Store

Tim Grey
5 May, 2011
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It’s a strong possibility the next build of Mac OS X, Lion, will be available for purchase and download over the Mac App Store, with Apple going so far as making its online purchase the default method of upgrade.

Apple is expected to reveal its plans at the World Wide Developers Conference in San Francisco on June 6-10, where Apple has promised it will showcases the ‘future of Mac,’ reports AppleInsider.

A ‘person with knowledge of the situation’ told the site an optical disc version of OS X Lion will be made “for those with slower connections, or [for those who for whatever reason do] not want to download it”.

The move continues Apple’s trend away from optical mediums. Lion’s beta release was delivered via a redeemable code over the Mac App Store, while the Snow Leopard reinstaller for the disc-driveless MacBook Air came bundled on a USB thumb. Many commentators are even expecting Apple to drop SuperDrives from the next iteration of MacBook Pros.

How do you feel about the move away from boxed software? Would you download Mac OS X over the Mac App Store? Could you live without your optical drive? Tell us below.

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