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Apple To Sell Mac OS X Lion 10.7 On USB

Apple will offer its latest operating system, Mac OS X Lion, on a USB stick for $69.99 in the US which is more than double the £29.99 Apple is charging for the digital download from its Mac App Store.

The company has abruptly dropped its SuperDrive optical disk drives from the Mac Mini and the new MacBook air laptops, although you can stil get them for £69 from Apple store.

The fact that the company is offering the Mac OS X Lion OS on a USB key for $40 more than the digital download, shows how much Apple cares for its shareholders, given that it is charging roughly 10 times more than the cost of a 4GB USB key.

Fortunately, the guys at Cnet have put together a tutorial that will show you how to create a Mac OS X Lion installation disc, a process that can be easily used to create a bootable USB key as well.

Note that upon installing Lion, Mac OS X removes the 3.49GB file, possibly to free up space. you can use Lion's recovery partition to reinstall the operating system but you will require an internet connection to download the installation files.

Also as an additional step to reduce piracy, the installation process now asks for the user's app store ID. Apple hasn't said (or indeed confirmed) whether there will be a family pack version of the OS.

Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard cost £26 at Apple while Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard - Family Pack which allows users to install the OS on up to five computers, cost an additional £15.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.