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The OS X Lion USB Thumb Drive contained an installer for Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion) and was available from the Apple Store for US$69. This was a physical alternative to the downloadable version which was available from the Mac App Store for US$29.99.[1]


Previously, USB thumb drives with Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) were included with Mac models without optical drives, such as the MacBook Air.[2] One caveat of installing from a USB drive is that the internet recovery feature is not included.[3]

Future versions of OS X were only available as downloads, and became free of charge starting with OS X 10.9 (Mavericks).[4]


  1. Revisiting the forgotten history of obscure Apple accessories by Michael Steeber, 9to5Mac. 2018-03-19.
  2. MacBook Air (Late 2010) Reinstall Drive, iFixit. Accessed 2020-11-30.
  3. Apple releases $69 OS X Lion thumb drive, ships in 1-3 business days by Mark Gurman, 9to5Mac. 2011-08-16.
  4. OS X Mavericks now available as a free download by Aaron Souppouris, The Verge. 2013-10-22.

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