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OS X 10.7 Lion To Be Priced Aggressively, Offer Free iCloud Features?

OS X 10.7 Lion To Be Priced Aggressively, Offer Free iCloud Features?

According to a report from AppleInsider, OS x 10.7 Lion, widely expected to be released (or at least get an official release date) on June 6 at WWDC, may be priced very aggressively, similar to the pricing for Snow Leopard. Reports also indicate it might include some iCloud features for free.

Citing the all-too-common “sources familiar with the matter”, AppleInsider speculated that iCloud is about more than just music and videos, and could be a series of services that may function similar to the current MobileMe. They also allege that certain free iCloud functions will come free with OS X Lion (and, in fact, only work and be enabled for users of Lion, perhaps to increase adoption).

The report goes on to make many more indications and claims, including that the current “MobileMe” (rebranded as iCloud, of course) pricing may still be in place for users who do not upgrade to Lion, that users will have to pay a fee (perhaps the $20 rumored from March) for the upcoming music services through iCloud, and, perhaps most notably, that OS X Lion might be offered at agressive pricing similar to that of Snow Leopard, which went for just $29. One thing to keep in mind with this, however, is that while Snow Leopard was considered a “minor upgrade,” Lion is not, so that may be a variable to consider.

Of course, these are all still rumors, and we likely won’t have confirmation of any kind until June 6th at the earliest, at the WWDC keynote speech delivered by Steve Jobs. Your thoughts? Sound off in the comments!


  1. Dualmal says:

    I think Lion will be priced most aggressively. As long as they wait long enough to allow developers to adapt to the new OS features with a lengthy enough GM release I don’t think anyone will have any problems switching to Lion. As for it only costing $29, that might be a bit of a stretch. I would nearly guarantee under $100. I would guess $49. They’re putting a lot of new juice into this OS, the relative price is going to reflect that. 

  2. Tony Staley says:

    I also think it will be available for download on the Mac App Store. And when it’s released it’ll be as slow as a dog to download!!

  3. Minor upgrade?  Major upgrade?  I don’t care; gimmie, gimmie, gimmie!

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