Whether or not OS X Lion shows up on the Mac App Store late next week, as All Things D believes, or on the 26th, as some Apple Store employees belive, one thing’s for sure: it’s coming before the month is out.
So it’s not totally a surprise that Amazon.com is running low on copies of Snow Leopard, having sold out entirely of retail copies of OS X 10.6 on their UK site and only selling it through third-parties on their US site.
What is surprising, at least to us, is that it’s happening so soon. How are people going to upgrade to Lion if it’s impossible to buy Snow Leopard?
It’s something of a problem. Because Lion requires Snow Leopard to be installed and upgraded to 10.6.8 in order to download the install file from the App Store, Apple’s sort of tied Lion and Snow Leopard’s tails together. If retailers are already selling out of Snow Leopard, if you want to hard wipe a Mac and do a fresh install of Snow Leopard and Lion, you may just have to resort to less savory methods of procurement.
I’m curious what Apple’s going to do about this. Will they print more copies of Snow Leopard? Release it for free as a DMG file? What do you think?
[via Apple Bitch]