Developers Complain About New Lion Install Process, But Rave When It’s Done



Apple’s Developer Forums going crazy about the new way to install OS X Lion through the Mac App Store. There’s complaints about failed downloads, invalid redemption codes and overall installation issues. But once developers get it installed, they say the new OS is awesome and totally opens up the Mac to new possibilities.

What Apple developers are getting used to is the fact that the standard method of installing OS X previews is now the Mac App Store.

This is causing a few grumpy old devs to curse Apple and their new ways.

The process involves first requesting a redemption code for the Mac App Store in order to download the Lion Dev Preview.

The Lion beta release downloads in the background. There’s a small greyed-out icon in the Dock with a status bar (see the screenshot above).

Once the file is downloaded there is a separate procedure in order to install on multiple machines. It does not work like the iOS dev center where UDID’s can be added to a single account.

The confusion comes in when trying to install the preview on multiple machines or machines with different iTunes accounts. Apple usually does not provide a clear installation procedure with their previews or beta builds.

Another curious fact is that if you decide to use the Lion preview, you cannot ultimately upgrade to the public release when it comes out in the summer. Not sure why; other than the way OS X is installed.

As always, using dev builds of any products comes with risk that may outweigh the gain in the long run.

  • Nutz320

    This is cool!

  • Stickmencreation

    It does sound strange but it’s probably just something to get used to… developers will ease into Apple’s new system soon enough!

  • JoseGutierrez1

    I personally think it’s a great system. Prevents unauthorized people from accessing the dev builds, a huge problem on the iOS side.

  • Ken

    On the restriction/prohibition of upgrading to the public release of Lion, it makes me think Apple is going to enforce a One License-One-CPU upgrade path, a la Windows; no more one DVD, twenty machines updgraded ….

  • JoseGutierrez1

    Here’s me playing with OS X Lion.

  • Stickmencreation

    Thank you much for the video!

  • Hjgu

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  • Download

    Interesting and useful post

  • chromey

    More likely it will be one license per iTunes account.

  • Caspian Prince

    Well you bought Lion for 30 bucks, your bytes do count…so basically it’s not a steal!

  • Tara Snow

    You know sometimes when I’ve been
    wronged by a company and I feel like no matter what I say to them
    they aren’t going to fix my problem, I really want to vent, so I get
    on the internet (on my ipad or android usually) and vent.