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scottgroovez
Mar 28, 2011, 12:13 PM
With Lion coming up in the Summer, should Apple offer free upgrades to customers who buy a Mac now? I say that as potential customers could be holding out on purchasing a Mac until the new OSX is released, wouldn't it be better to secure those as customers now and give them the Lion when it's available. I'm keen to get a Mac, I can wait but if I knew I was eligible to get Lion free I'd probably pull the trigger now.

I know a similar thing was offered to Windows users, a free upgrade to 7 when it was released.



eawmp1
Mar 28, 2011, 12:15 PM
Typically give you 2 weeks or so. Release date hasn't even been announced.

basesloaded190
Mar 28, 2011, 12:16 PM
With Lion coming up in the Summer, should Apple offer free upgrades to customers who buy a Mac now? I say that as potential customers could be holding out on purchasing a Mac until the new OSX is released, wouldn't it be better to secure those as customers now and give them the Lion when it's available. I'm keen to get a Mac, I can wait but if I knew I was eligible to get Lion free I'd probably pull the trigger now.

I know a similar thing was offered to Windows users, a free upgrade to 7 when it was released.

I don't remeber exactly how it was with leopard or even SL, but i think if you buy a mac after a certain date, you are eligible for a discounted disc- not a free copy

GoCubsGo
Mar 28, 2011, 12:16 PM
As with all Apple computers purchased just before the release of a new OS, a drop in disk will be found in older models still on shelves after the release and you will be given an opportunity to get a free or severely discounted copy of the new OS if purchased in Apple's determined timeframe. I bought a Mac Mini about 30 days before Snow Leopard came out and was able to get SL for free.

axu539
Mar 28, 2011, 12:48 PM
I think for SL there was a timeframe (4 weeks?) for getting SL for free. Then there was a separate timeframe outside of that for getting SL for $10. I may be wrong, as I did not qualify for either.

jayhawk11
Mar 28, 2011, 07:35 PM
I think for SL there was a timeframe (4 weeks?) for getting SL for free. Then there was a separate timeframe outside of that for getting SL for $10. I may be wrong, as I did not qualify for either.

This.

If you were within a month of Launch Day, you got it for free. There was a separate time frame that allowed you to get it for $10. Outside of that, you could buy it outright for $30 (if you already had 10.5) or $129 if you needed the box set.

I would assume that 10.7 upgrades will be handled in a similar fashion, but we don't know pricing yet on the full version.

syriaccjoseph
Jun 7, 2011, 04:08 AM
If you were within a month of Launch Day, you got it for free. There was a separate time frame that allowed you to get it for $10. Outside of that, you could buy it outright for $30 (if you already had 10.5) or $129 if you needed the box set.


It seems that the upgrade was charged $10 for those who purchased a Mac after June 8th 2009 for Snow Leopard released on August 18th 2009 . Similar pricing may follow for Lion release.

http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2009/08/24macosx.html

Check Lion up to date program to find more information
http://www.apple.com/macosx/uptodate/