When Mac users decide to upgrade their operating systems to OS X Lion later this year, it looks like they might not have to drive out to their favorite software retailer to get their hands on the upgrade disc. According to some rumors, the Mac OS X Lion update will be released to the public via the Mac App Store. If this turns out to be true, it means there’s no need to deal with long queues or faulty discs, or even having to deal with the possibility of no stock.
Apple has been a long believer in getting rid of physical media, especially with the removal of floppy drives on their computers in the 1990s. It wouldn’t be surprising if they chose to distribute the new update online. And with companies doing their best to go green, selling software without the use of physical media is one way to go about it.
Not forgetting, the current developer builds of the Mac OS X Lion are already obtained digitally through the Mac App Store, so for Apple to make the final version available to the public it shouldn’t be too much trouble either. What do you think of a digital distribution method for the Mac OS X Lion update? Would you prefer purchasing physical discs from a retail outlet instead?
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