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jinxednuance
Jun 4, 2011, 02:32 PM
This may sound like slightly a stupid question, do you think we will get a free OS when it comes out this summer?

I have a Air Ultimate '10



alust2013
Jun 4, 2011, 02:47 PM
no

Sky Blue
Jun 4, 2011, 02:47 PM
No, OS X costs $$, always has.

Jyby
Jun 4, 2011, 03:06 PM
That would be crazy!

They would definitely have an edge on Microsoft!

Cougarcat
Jun 4, 2011, 03:13 PM
That would be crazy!

They would definitely have an edge on Microsoft!

It wouldn't be that crazy if you think about it. Major iOS updates are free. Why not OS X? The reason Mac OS X is so much cheaper than Windows is that Apple makes up for it with their hardware.

That said, won't happen.

Jagardn
Jun 4, 2011, 04:15 PM
That would be crazy!

They would definitely have an edge on Microsoft!

Most people don't buy a Mac because of price, so free OS updates wouldn't drag too many more people over to change.

lewis82
Jun 4, 2011, 04:38 PM
This may sound like slightly a stupid question, do you think we will get a free OS when it comes out this summer?

I have a Air Ultimate '10

It will be announced sometime during the WWDC, the period during which the purchase of a Mac includes a rebate for Lion. But as it has always been, it won't apply retroactively.

GoKyu
Jun 4, 2011, 06:18 PM
Like any software company, Apple deserves to be paid for the thousands of hours that they put into developing their OS. If they decided to be nice and give us a deal ($30 Snow Leopard), that would be awesome, but I'm expecting the usual $129, since it's not just a minor upgrade like SL was from Leopard.

All this having been said...I'm not upgrading to Lion until/unless I'm forced by some software to do so. I'd love to be using some of the new features (Resume, Autosave, versions...Lion Server...) but Apple came up with Mission Control, which completely destroyed the way Spaces works for me and several others here.

If they give us the *option* (I know they don't care much for that word) of using MC *or* the old Spaces, I'd upgrade day 1.

Does anyone know of another virtual window manager software that's available for OS X? I saw one awhile back, but it looks like it hasn't been updated in many years...

YourHerojb
Jun 4, 2011, 11:08 PM
It will definitely cost money, but who knows how much.

There is rumors it will be cheaper than normal but It's doubtful that it will be as cheap as the snow leopard $29 upgrade since this is a much bigger update.

superericla
Jun 5, 2011, 12:00 AM
After the cost of getting a dev account dropped to $99 there's really no reason I can see that Apple would price it above $99. With a dev account you get the OS upgrade for the $99 you pay to be a dev.

willfurnell
Jun 5, 2011, 07:01 AM
After the cost of getting a dev account dropped to $99 there's really no reason I can see that Apple would price it above $99. With a dev account you get the OS upgrade for the $99 you pay to be a dev.

Actually, I thought that the final version was not released to Developers. Correct me if I am wrong. That would mean Apple could charge how much they wanted to.

rorschach
Jun 5, 2011, 07:28 AM
Actually, I thought that the final version was not released to Developers. Correct me if I am wrong. That would mean Apple could charge how much they wanted to.

If the final version wasn't released to developers, how could they test their apps with it? That's why it always has been included with the developer program.

roadbloc
Jun 5, 2011, 07:29 AM
Actually, I thought that the final version was not released to Developers. Correct me if I am wrong. That would mean Apple could charge how much they wanted to.

It is. Developers also get access to beta builds of updates.