Upgrade to ML vs Buy a new Mac?

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by gloryunited, Sep 15, 2012.

  1. macrumors 6502

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    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
     
  2. macrumors newbie

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    no.
     
  3. macrumors 68030

    MagicBoy

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

    Stop being cheap and pay the £13!
     
  4. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    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!
     
  5. macrumors 6502

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    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.
     
  6. macrumors 6502a

    dcorban

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    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.
     
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    MagicBoy

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    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.
     

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