The company has been releasing periodically build previews for developers on the Mac App Store platform since February.
When the company has previously launched a major upgrade to its operating system, it has always released boxed versions with CD. However, with the new Mac OS X Lion, the company is making digital distributions the default method of getting new operating systems from Apple.
People familiar with the matter have told Apple Insider that the initial launch of the operating system will be on the Mac App Store, but the company will eventually release a CD version for those who have a slower broadband speed or who simply don’t want to download the OS upgrade.
The company is expected to unveil the new operating system at the upcoming World Wide Developer Conference in June. Apple has said that it will showcase the ‘future’ of the Mac OS X platform at that event.
A digital distribution is particularly important for customers who do not have an optical drive, such as people using the Mac Book Air, and should be more convenient for customers who have a sufficiently fast internet connection.