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Old Nov 25, 2012, 01:57 PM   #1
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When to upgrade to 10.8 to get 10.9 for free?

A family member has cMBP running 10.5. She wants to upgrade to 10.8 soon; I told her to wait to upgrade until she can get 10.9 for free. What typically is the free window upgrade period; 3 months? Could one reasonably expect 10.9 to be available in June next year putting her upgrade time in late March?
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Old Nov 25, 2012, 01:59 PM   #2
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I didn't think that there was an upgrade window for software purchases. Only hardware for about a month that comes with the old version. That said, you can probably email Apple and ask for an exception.
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Old Nov 25, 2012, 02:02 PM   #3
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Apple does not offer such freebies, a free OS upgrade is only tied to hardware purchase.

Also know, that a Mac, that came with Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger or Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, thus it is from 2006 to 2009, might not be able to run OS X 10.9, and even if it does, you need to buy Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard before being able to purchase Mac OS X 10.7 Lion or OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion or OS X 10.9 (though it might be different with that version).
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I didn't think that there was an upgrade window for software purchases. Only hardware for about a month that comes with the old version. That said, you can probably email Apple and ask for an exception.
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A family member has cMBP running 10.5. She wants to upgrade to 10.8 soon; I told her to wait to upgrade until she can get 10.9 for free. What typically is the free window upgrade period; 3 months? Could one reasonably expect 10.9 to be available in June next year putting her upgrade time in late March?
As others have said, there is no free window upgrade period for software. When 10.8 came out, if I had bought 10.7 the previous day, I would still have had to pay full price for 10.8.

First, she needs to have 10.6.8 installed to even purchase 10.8, unless you plan on letting her purchase and download it on your Mac or something like that. Secondly, what's the point? 10.8 is all of $20. IMO, it's definitely a better OS than SL (which is itself a great OS), so why wait? To save all of another $20? Over the course of several months, that's a pittance.
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When 10.8 came out, if I had bought 10.7 the previous day, I would still have had to pay full price for 10.8.
Depends on where you bought it and if it was opened. Apple has a 14 day return. Amazon is similar.
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Depends on where you bought it and if it was opened. Apple has a 14 day return. Amazon is similar.
Doesn't apply. 10.7 and 10.8 were digital purchases subject to the No Refunds policy unless you scored one of the Lion flash drives.
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Actually they make exceptions to their 'no refund' policy. It all depends on circumstances.
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Depends on where you bought it and if it was opened. Apple has a 14 day return. Amazon is similar.
Where I bought it and if it was opened? I'd love to know how this applies to download-only software. (Yes, I know Lion DID have the $70 flash drive, but that was ONLY available from the Apple Stores, so there "where I bought it" part doesn't apply)
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As others have said, there is no free window upgrade period for software. When 10.8 came out, if I had bought 10.7 the previous day, I would still have had to pay full price for 10.8.

First, she needs to have 10.6.8 installed to even purchase 10.8, unless you plan on letting her purchase and download it on your Mac or something like that. Secondly, what's the point? 10.8 is all of $20. IMO, it's definitely a better OS than SL (which is itself a great OS), so why wait? To save all of another $20? Over the course of several months, that's a pittance.
What makes 10.6.8 required to purchase 10.8+? Is it the App Store first availability? I'll look and see what the minimum specs required for 10.8 is.

Thanks for all the help everyone!
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Old Nov 27, 2012, 12:50 PM   #11
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What makes 10.6.8 required to purchase 10.8+? Is it the App Store first availability? I'll look and see what the minimum specs required for 10.8 is.

Thanks for all the help everyone!
The Mac App Store was first added to Mac OS in 10.6.8. Since all OS upgrades are now digital downloads that are only purchasable/downloaded from the Mac App Store, it makes having access to it a necessity.
also, assuming that cMBP means one of the Pre-unibody style macbook pros, then we can safely assume that the MBP referenced here is at minimum an Early 2008 model, which if I remember correctly supports Mountain Lion, but is most likely next on the "chopping block" when it comes to being supported in any new OS/Software.
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What makes 10.6.8 required to purchase 10.8+? Is it the App Store first availability? I'll look and see what the minimum specs required for 10.8 is.
That's what it is. You need the MAS in order to purchase Lion or ML, and it was introduced with 10.6.8.

System requirements for Mountain Lion: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5444
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