This news isn’t new, but the discussions I have had with people have left us with two questions/concerns.
First, what happens if you have multiple Macs? Do you have to download Lion for each of them? Even it’s not a massive overhaul my guy says that it will be at least a couple of GBs. I have five Macs, that’s a lot of download time and bandwidth use.
Second, what happens when you get a new hard drive? Do you have to re-install Snow Leopard and then re-download Lion and install it? Not terribly convenient.
I agree with others who have said Lion will be available in some form of physical media1 so this won’t be a huge issue for now. I would suspect that 10.8 will be Mac App Store only, and Apple is banking on the fact that by then everyone will be on at least Snow Leopard.
- Potentially at a higher cost [↩]