Apple, on Tuesday, launched the Mac OS X Lion thumb drive for people who want to own a copy of the new software but do not have a strong Internet connection.
The thumb drive ships in between one and three business days and the user must have at least 7GB of free hard drive space to install it. Users who will use the thumb drive, however, will not have access to the Lion Recovery option and will later need to re-install the OS with thumb drive if there are problems in the future.
“When you install OS X Lion using the USB thumb drive, you will not be able to reinstall OS X Lion from Lion Recovery. You will need to use the USB thumb drive to reinstall OS X Lion,” Apple’s website said.
“OS X Lion is available on a USB thumb drive for installation without the need for a broadband Internet connection,” the description says in Apple’s website. “Just plug the drive into your USB port and follow the instructions to install. OS X Lion is also available for a lower price as a digital download from the Mac App Store.”
The new OS X Lion has added more than 250 new features, including Launchpad, where Apps downloaded from the Mac App Store will appear automatically, and can later be organized and grouped accordingly. Mission Control, which brings together Exposé, full-screen apps, Dashboard, and desktop spaces and provides a bird’s-eye view of everything running on the Mac, has also been included.
The USB thumb drive is currently available on Apple’s online store and will shortly make its way to physical stores as well, according to 9TO5Mac.