If you wanted to get your hands on Apple’s Mac OS X Lion operating system but didn’t have the resources or an Internet connection capable doing so, Apple has today released its OS X Lion USB Thumb Drive, retailing at $69/£55.

The USB drive currently ships in between one and three business days and requires customers to have at least 7GB of free hard drive space to install the updated operated system. Apple makes one caveat, stating that if users decide to buy the USB drive over the download option in the Mac App Store, they will not be able to reinstall Lion from Lion Recovery:

When you install OS X Lion using the USB thumb drive, you will not be able to reinstall OS X Lion from Lion Recovery. You will need to use the USB thumb drive to reinstall OS X Lion.

If you are new to OS X Lion, Apple has included over 250 new features including multi-touch gestures, full-screen apps, Mission Control, Launchpad and a number of small improvements to your workflow.