Apple has finally released their Mac OS X Lion USB thumb drive, which had been announced a while back but had no specific ship date.
As expected, it’s priced at $69, which is quite a markup for a USB stick (Lion is only $29 to download), but it’s likely all part of Apple’s strategy to make the Mac App Store the go-to place for Mac software.
The drive is slim and cool, just like the one that came with the 2010 MacBook Air, but other than that, it’s just your standard USB stick. It’s really just for those who don’t have a broadband connection and don’t live near an Apple Store.
Here’s a portion of the description:
“OS X Lion is available on a USB thumb drive for installation without the need for a broadband Internet connection. 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 drive ships in 1-3 business days.