Apple finally launches OS X Lion USB drive [CNET News]
OS X Lion will be made available on a USB drive - albeit at twice the price of the downloadable version. Over a decade ago, Apple ended the practice of putting floppy disc drives in its computers and today it manufactures several that don't even have a DVD/CD drive. Apple clearly views the future of software distribution will be through broadband - which it has popularized with its iOS and Mac App Stores.
While non-broadband customers will have an option to install OS X Lion, it seems unlikely that this practice will continue in future versions.