With Mac OS X Lion due to hit tomorrow it came as no surprise to us that an internal image from Apple would be snapped and then uploaded on a website somewhere. More often than not they do not show anything of interest, but things are a little different this time. The snap was from an AppleCare manual, which offers reinstall and recovery system details.
9 to 5 Mac explains that to begin the recovery process all you need to do is hold Command-R down while starting up. This will then take you to the new recovery mode, and from there you will then be able to restore your Mac to a date that appears on a Time Machine backup. That is not all, you can also access Disk Utility and perform a series of tasks that you would normally find when fully booted.
However, the best feature is how Mac OS X Lion users are able to reinstall the new operating system over the Internet. Both these are welcome features, but you have to wonder why this has not been made available before now? Maybe the reason is due to the fact that you will not have a physical copy, as you will have to download Lion as an app via the Mac App Store?
We cannot moan about this, as you will be getting a brand new Mac OS for just $30 — just think how much Microsoft charges for an upgrade from Windows Vista to Windows 7? We are uncertain if that figure apples to just one Mac device, then you will have to download a copy for each Mac that you have in your home or office.
There are other such utilities to look forward to in this latest version, such as being able to wipe the content from your Mac from another Mac remotely. We can see that this will become one of the standout features; we just hope that it does not become a security issue down the line.
Before you even consider upgrading your Apple Mac device to Lion there are a few things that you will need to do first. You will need to make certain that your device is all ready to go ahead with the update. The second is to go through these steps; only then are you ready to update to Mac OS X Lion.
What feature are you happier with, the remote wipe of the recovery system in boot?