The rumor going around (via MacRumors) is that Apple will require a Snow Leopard (Mac OS X 10.6) disc in order to do a clean install of Lion (10.7). That doesn't sound out of the realm of possibility. However, we have to question the legitimacy of this email:
On Jun 20, 2011, at 9:57 PM, xxxx wrote:
I'm really exited about Lion, but I'm a bit anxious about the absence of any physical media in the event of a crash where I need to do a clean install. Will Lion still provide a way to make a bootable image in the event that I need to start from scratch?
The response is below:
From: Steve Jobs
Subject: Re: Lion clean install
Date: June 21, 2011 7:55:05 AM PDT
You can clean install Snow Leopaard [sic] first.
Sent from my iPhone
While it's very possible that the email did in fact come from Steve (he's well-known that he responds to emails) it's a bit strange that he misspelled Snow Leopard. Sure, it could be a typo, but Snow Leopard is his company's product, you'd think he would make sure it was spelled correctly. What's more, autocorrect would have turned that into Leopard (Even if capitalized. We checked). Unless he has it turned off, or he went out of his way make sure it was mistyped. Still, Apple's How to upgrade on day one says you must have the latest version of Snow Leopard, so it makes sense. We're not saying the email can't be real, but it just seems a bit off.