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How to upgrade to OS X Lion

Gregg Keizer | June 7, 2011
Mac OS X 10.7's coming in July; Here's what we know so far about the upgrade path.

If you have five Macs assigned to your iTunes account -- and thus to the Mac App Store -- you will be able to download and install Lion on all five machines.

In other words, say "good-bye" to the Family Pack, the pricier multi-license bundle Apple used to sell. With Snow Leopard, you paid $49 for the Pack, or just under $10 each to outfit five Macs. Leopard's Family Pack ran $199, or $39.80 per system. Lion drops that per-Mac price to $6.

To upgrade three Windows PCs to Windows 7 via Microsoft's $150 Family Pack would end up costing $50 per machine.

Bargain time!

I have scores of Macs in my business ... how to I upgrade to Lion? We don't know. And Apple's not saying.

Although we asked Apple to clarify several aspects of the Lion upgrade process -- including whether it will make available an alternative upgrade path to businesses, organizations and schools that could have hundreds of Macs, the company didn't immediately respond.

Some users anticipated major problems if all that was available was the Mac App Store.

"ABSOLUTE BLEEDIN' NIGHTMARE!" said someone identified as Peter Vandoorn today on an Apple support forum. "Come on Apple -- you HAVE to release the Lion installer on DVD!"

Others couldn't believe the company would leave them in the lurch without means of making physical media that could conceivably be used to install Lion.

"Just because Apple has not announced a particular set of licensing terms for its release date, does not mean it won't have any," countered "a brody" on the same thread.


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