After last week's rumors of an OS X Lion launch fell through, I was happy to see Apple release the new operating system, and several revamped Macs, today. I won't get a crack at the new Air or Mac mini until tomorrow, but I decided to install Lion this morning. I'm happy to report, the process went off without a hitch and was faster than I expected.
When Jobs and company announced that OS X would be available only as a download through the App Store, I was prepared for the worst--lengthy download times, transfer timeouts, incomplete files. I'm happy to report that my fears were unfounded--at least in my case.
Once the transfer was complete, the installation wizard popped up. After telling the installer to begin, accepting the EULA, selecting the HD, and entering my admin password, the process began. On my 2011 MacBook Pro with 128GB SSD and Intel Core i7 CPU, the installation took less than 15 minutes--reboot included. That's a combined time of under 45 minutes for purchase, download, and install.
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