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gloryunited
Sep 15, 2012, 04:07 AM
Hi there.

I have only one Mac and it's a MacBook Air running Snow Leopard.

If I go buy a new Mac, say an iMac when it finally comes out, can I upgrade my existing MacBook Air to Mountain Lion for free?

Thank you. :D



DunkinDonutss
Sep 15, 2012, 06:26 AM
no.

MagicBoy
Sep 15, 2012, 06:31 AM
Hi there.

I have only one Mac and it's a MacBook Air running Snow Leopard.

If I go buy a new Mac, say an iMac when it finally comes out, can I upgrade my existing MacBook Air to Mountain Lion for free?

Thank you. :D

No. The ML license is tied to the iMac serial number, not the Mac App Store account.

Stop being cheap and pay the 13!

gloryunited
Sep 15, 2012, 07:22 AM
No. The ML license is tied to the iMac serial number, not the Mac App Store account.

Stop being cheap and pay the 13!
LOL not being cheap, just planning on getting an iMac.

Btw one thing that disappoints me is not having the Airplay Mirroring feature on my 2010 MBA!

waynep
Sep 15, 2012, 10:36 AM
No. The ML license is tied to the iMac serial number, not the Mac App Store account.

Stop being cheap and pay the 13!

Actually, if you buy ML in the app store, it's not tied to the serial number. It's tied to the App Store account. I am able to install ML on any and all of my Mac's without buying it again. My wife and I each have a Mac and we use the same App Store account.

I do agree that if you buy a machine then the OS that comes with it is tied to that machine.

dcorban
Sep 16, 2012, 08:14 AM
The real answer is: it depends.

If you buy a new Mac with Lion and use the up-to-date program to gain Mountain Lion, then you are able to upgrade all of your systems tied to that Apple ID.

I assume it's too late to do this, as all new systems likely come with the upgrade already installed.

MagicBoy
Sep 18, 2012, 04:39 AM
Actually, if you buy ML in the app store, it's not tied to the serial number. It's tied to the App Store account. I am able to install ML on any and all of my Mac's without buying it again. My wife and I each have a Mac and we use the same App Store account.

I do agree that if you buy a machine then the OS that comes with it is tied to that machine.

I realise that. The in the OPs case the ML license will be tagged to the iMac. There is a clear distinction between App Store and preloaded licences.