It is being reported that new Macs, namely the ones introduced today, have a feature called “Internet Recovery“, which will download and install Lion on machines with failed or blank hard drives. This directly addresses some of the concerns surrounding OS X Lion’s download-only distribution model, and say, if a hard drive went bad and […]
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Apple Introduces ‘Internet Recovery’ So Users Can Install Lion on Blank Hard Drives

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It is being reported that new Macs, namely the ones introduced today, have a feature called “Internet Recovery“, which will download and install Lion on machines with failed or blank hard drives.

This directly addresses some of the concerns surrounding OS X Lion’s download-only distribution model, and say, if a hard drive went bad and needed to be replaced. How was a user to remedy this problem? The way in which Apple is doing this is rather interesting. Internet Recovery will boot you Mac from Apple’s servers, present the user with a stripped-down user interface to select a network, and then download the OS. After the image is loaded, users will be able to go through the usual setup process.

As for older Macs, as in any introduced before today, users will first have to install Snow Leopard from a disc, and then download and install Lion. Sounds like a pain. If I had to guess, Apple will introduce Internet Recovery as an update for older Macs sometime in the near future. But that’s only my guess.

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