Today marks a change in the way Apple distribute their operating system, with the launch of OSX Lion (version 10.7).
In the past Apple, along with nearly all O/S developers, have shipped on CD/DVD. Â Today Apple launch their new operating system exclusively as a download. Â In order to upgrade you need to be running the latest O/S from Apple (Snow Leopard) including all the patches (version 10.6.8)
This is not the article to read if you wish to learn of the 250+ features in the upgrade -- much has been written on this and the Apple Lion page is as good a starting point as any.
What I am interested in is the delivery method. Â The download size is 3.5Gb which is a sizable chunk of data to pull down over the internet. Â Putting aside the impact this could have on your bandwidth allowance for the month, how long will it actually take to download? Â The average JoeÂ maybe gets around aÂ 6Mb connection; I get a much more respectable 30Mb so in theory my download should be snappy. Â However with untold numbers of people wanting to download this at once it will be interesting to see how Apple have scaled up their resources. Â Past experience of downloading a 600Mb iPhone O/S update are shocking, sometimes taking over and hour rather than a handful of minutes!
I will report back on my download experience later!
OSX Lion is purchased through iTunes for Â£20.99 (uk), $29.99 (US). Â For those who have a slow internet connection Apple will Â allow you to purchase and download the update in an Apple store.
and now the installation...
And so the installation begins. Â Stopwatch on....
- 00:00 Clicked 'Buy' from the App Store. Â Now downloading a 3.74Gb File, estimated time 1 hour 34 minutes......
- 01:51 Download Complete, installation started
- 02:15 Installation complete after a 23 minute 12 second installation
So there you have it, 2 hours 15 minutes from purchase to installation complete. Â Much better than I had initially expected. Â Good show Apple
Installation was done on a MacBook Air 1.86Ghz Core 2 Duo, 2Gb Ram