July 20, 2011

Mac OS's New Online Recovery

Apple PR:

"If your Mac problem is a little less common — your hard drive has failed or you’ve installed a hard drive without OS X, for example — Internet Recovery takes over automatically. It downloads and starts Lion Recovery directly from Apple servers over a broadband Internet connection. And your Mac has access to the same Lion Recovery features online. Internet Recovery is built into every newly-released Mac starting with the Mac mini and MacBook Air."

(via @jsnell on Twitter.)

That's a huge feature. If you need to re-install Mac OS, but you don't have an install disk, no worries...your Mac automatically connects to Apple over the Internet and downloads the OS.

No other major OS can do that. Available on new MacBook Air and Mac Mini models today, and let's go ahead and guess all others with a firmware update down the road.