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Question about new OS

Discussion in 'Mac OS X 10.7 Lion' started by jinxednuance, Jun 4, 2011.

  1. macrumors regular

    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
  2. macrumors 601


  3. Guest

    Sky Blue

    No, OS X costs $$, always has.
  4. macrumors regular

    That would be crazy!

    They would definitely have an edge on Microsoft!
  5. macrumors 603

    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.
  6. macrumors 6502a

    Most people don't buy a Mac because of price, so free OS updates wouldn't drag too many more people over to change.
  7. macrumors 68000


    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.
  8. macrumors 65816


    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...
  9. macrumors regular

    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.
  10. macrumors 6502

    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.
  11. macrumors member


    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.
  12. macrumors 68000

    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.
  13. macrumors G3


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

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