OS X Lion to be sold via App Store – Apple to kill discs?

5 May 2011

The latest rumours surrounding Apple suggest that the tech giant may be considering releasing the next version of its OS X operating system ‘Lion’ via its Mac App Store, eventually dispensing with discs entirely as a way of installing software.

The move makes certain sense for the company that pioneered the apps revolution via the iPhone smartphone and on iPad tablet devices.

According to rumours site AppleInsider, Mac OS X 10.7 Lion will be digitally distributed through the new Mac App Store which Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled last Autumn along with some of the new features of OS X Lion.

Apple not getting rid of discs just yet

The company will keep discs as an option for people who don’t have broadband but in time the logical conclusion is that digital downloads will become the preferred method of upgrading and buying software.

Apple is likely to reveal its plans at the upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference in June.

Pre-release builds of OS X Lion have already been available via the Mac App Store to developers.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years