I remember reading a Mac forum thread where this bloke was against buying the Mac OS X Lion. The reason he stated was that he is accustomed to working on multiple Mac machines, and paying $29.99 to upgrade each of his Mac was a dumb idea. Dumb? Well, I don’t know but expensive for sure.
Sure, Lion is worth every penny of $29.99. In his case, however, he has to fork a lot of money out of his pocket. Worth it? Maybe… Maybe not. The lingering question is whether one has to pay $29.99 each time they are going to install Mac OS X Lion on their Mac machine?
Priced at $29.99, anyone with an Apple ID can download Mac OS X 10.7 lion. However, what about installing lion on multiple Mac machines? Do we really have to buy the OS for every machine? The simple answer is — good news — no!
In other words, one who purchases Mac OS X Lion from the Mac App Store is entitled to install the OS on different machines. Consider Mac OS Lion as your one-time investment OS, and to install the OS X Lion on another machine, all you have to do is re-download it from the Mac App Store.
What Apple has to say about this?
Nothing. However, if I get this right, Apple has explicitly mentioned during the WWDC event that Mac 10.7 Lion is available for “All your authorized Macs.”
If we take the word “your” out of the context, that would be a completely different story. Fortunately, that’s not the case here. So, “All your authorized Macs” could only mean one thing — you can install the Lion on all the Macs you are authorized to access. So, if your Dad’s iMac runs on Snow Leopard, you can upgrade your Dad’s machine from Snow Leopard to Lion through the Mac App Store, even if you have already installed Lion on your MacBook Pro.
The screenshot below, which was captured from the WWDC 2011 event, speaks volumes:
Lastly, by ditching DVDs — and launching the Mac App Store — Apple has made it easier for Mac users to get their copy of Mac OS X Lion. And the best part is you can install Lion on all the authorized Mac machines. In other words, by shelling out $29.99, you have an unrestricted freedom to feed your Macs with the Lion love. Cool?