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Don’t Have Ultra-Fast Broadband? Download OS X Lion At The Apple Store!

Don’t Have Ultra-Fast Broadband? Download OS X Lion At The Apple Store!

Ever since Apple announced that OS X Lion would only be available from the Mac App Store, concerns have been piling up regarding a number of issues, including how people without fast broadband are supposed to download it. Apple has reportedly answered this complaint by offering up its store’s Wi-Fi networks to the public to use for downloading the update.

This seems like a good idea in theory, (GREAT for Apple, as people can and probably will buy things as they wait for their download to finish), but I wonder how well the connection (and its speed) would really hold up if several hundred people all tried downloading OS X Lion’s 4GB installer at once? I’m sure Apple Retail Stores have a pretty impressive internet infrastructure, so it remains to be seen how this will pan out.

Even with this seemingly generous offer of Apple’s, users of iMacs and Mac Pros may still find themselves in a pickle of sorts (although admittedly, if you own a Mac Pro, you can probably afford quality broadband). It remains to be seen if Apple will offer a solution for people in that category. Anyone planning to wheel their Mac Pro into the store by using a cart like the one pictured above? If you do, send us a video so we can amuse ourselves over and over.

Your thoughts? Sound off in the comments!

  1. Stu531 says:

    I wish they’d open an Apple store near me. 4th biggest city in the UK and still not got one.


    1. Mike Hudson says:

      You have a KRCS there as good if not better! The guys at my local KRCS are really helpful and it beats waiting in line at medowhell. http://Www.krcs.co.uk

  2. Justin says:

    What if they used some kind of updating cache like what was rumored on the time capsules?

    1. Ooh – intriguing possibility.  Nice insight, thanks for sharing!

  3. Samstradwick says:

    Ive got an idea. Instead of having to drive to the apple store to download it we should be sent media like a flash drive or a dvd w the software on it. So we can update in the luxurious durroundings of our homes and offices. Revolutionary.

  4. You can’t possibly think Apple will just allow everyone to download the 4gb update over their internet connection… that’s just plain stupid!

    They will probably just install a public Software Update server in each Apple store so when you request the Lion Update, it is just pulled from the Update Server inside the local Apple Store Network. Very easy to do and inexpensive too.

  5. Jamie Campbell says:

    I find your comments rather puzzling. It is NOT a matter of  “if you own a Mac Pro, you can probably afford quality broadband”. No amount of money will boost a slow connection for those who are  limping along with less than 512k. I am severely physically disabled, my computer is my life-line and trekking over to an Apple store some distance away from where I live is not practical (I usually shop online). The software on a USB stick would cost me £55 – why the huge difference from the download cost?

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