Will Leopard Cost Money

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  1. shane0mac macrumors member

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    I am very new to mac and not familiar with how thier os upgrading works.
    I'm just curious weather it will cost me money to upgrade to Leopard from the current osx version.
     
  2. tech4all macrumors 68040

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    Based on previous releases of OS X, yes it will cost money. Probably $129 for single user license and $199 for family pack. The 10.5.x updates should be free however. :)
     
  3. ToastMaster macrumors regular

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    It had better cost money. Apple would be in a pretty sorry state if they started giving away operating systems for free.

    Not that I wouldn't mind a free upgrade to Leopard, mind you.
     
  4. mrkramer macrumors 603

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    Major upgrades like from 10.4.x to 10.5 will cost money, the only free upgrades are smaller ones like going from 10.4.7 to 10.4.8
     
  5. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    Well, what else do you have to offer? iTune credits, simoleans and Canadian Tire Dollars perhaps?

    (and we have had some curious weather around here lately, thanks for mentioning it)

    :D
     
  6. iMeowbot macrumors G3

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    Upgrades used to be free to Mac owners, then Apple got greedy :(
     
  7. ToastMaster macrumors regular

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  8. davidjearly macrumors 68020

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    Er, I would hardly say it is greedy to pay for an OS. It's not as though it costs £200 like MS.

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  9. Markleshark macrumors 603

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    I don't see how it can be feasible for them to offer a Brand New OS for free. It's not like I have to upgrade or my computer will set on fire and everything will stop working.

    Don't want to spend money? Don't upgrade. I hardly think its Apple becoming greedy. Theres a new iPod shuffle out... I bought the first one, does that mean I should get the new one for free?... Didn't think so...
     
  10. iMeowbot macrumors G3

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    They don't charge to recover development costs, those are already there because they want something to ship with their computers. They managed to be profitable selling Macs without charging for OS upgrades right into the middle of 1992. There is no comparison with the Microsoft situation because MS don't profit from the hardware.
     
  11. Eraserhead macrumors G4

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    Yeah but the Macs were really expensive until 1992, (like twice as much as a PC in some cases, which hurt sales) and the OS was new and needed frequent updates (Though compared to Windows it was amazing ;) ), it's like Apple not charging for Mac OS X 10.1
     
  12. davidjearly macrumors 68020

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    There is no logic there I'm afraid. It is easily comparable with the MS situation.

    MS do profit from hardware sales, just not directly as it is not their own hardware.

    The bottom line: We are paying for a NEW product.

    Would you also expect a free iPod everytime they are upgraded? No.

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  13. GITANAJAVA macrumors regular

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    Yes, especially when you consider how Apple struggles so to turn a profit on hardware. :rolleyes:

    Planned obsolescence keeps the bottom line green.
     
  14. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    Re: Will Leopard Cost Money

    No, I think you may be able to find a copy for 10 dead chickens.
     
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  16. DoogieWoogie macrumors member

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    Why do Apple give us Software Coupons when we purchase a Mac or a OS?

    I think OS 10.4 owners should get 10.5 for half price.
     
  17. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    Apple Coupons beat a "Certificate of Authenticity" any day, but they are worth just as much.

    And don't think too much, you might hurt yourself waiting for a half price sale.
     
  18. DoogieWoogie macrumors member

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    So they're worthless then.

    I'm not expecting a sale per se - but loyal Apple users should be rewarded.
     
  19. j26 macrumors 65832

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    **Sharpens axe**
     
  20. Chef Medeski macrumors 6502a

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    **Sharpens Knife to kill the guy who got the copy for only 10 dead chickens**
     
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    **Sharpens spear to ward off man with knife**
     
  22. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    Many, many even mostt Operating systems ARE given away from free now days. Of the major players only Windows and Mac OSX are not free.

    Sun (www.sun.com) gives away their OS called "Solaris". Sun is a lot like Apple too in that they make the "whole stack", the hardware, the OS and many of the applications Solaris is also a lot larger then Mac OS and was quite expensive for Sun to develop. Notice that Apple is including technology from Sun's Solaris in Leopard -- DTrace. If you look a lot of Sun's technology is inside Mac OS. Off the top of my head there is NS, and NIS and Java too.

    Also of cource there is LInux. It is given away by people who don't even offer to sell you hardware.

    And what about BSD UNIX that Apple got for free and uses as the core of Mac OS? BSD is still free

    I guess is that most copies of Mac OS X will be given away (kind of) when you buy a new MAc. I'm gues they sell more new macs then boxes copies of Mac OS X.
     
  23. tdhurst macrumors 68040

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    When...?

    When were upgrades free? I've never heard of such a thing...
     
  24. tdhurst macrumors 68040

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    Nope

    I REALLY, really doubt it.

    This is brought up every damn time OS X is upgraded...

    First of all, you don't HAVE to upgrade. Second, if you can afford a Mac, I'm sure you can scrounge together enough cash for a new version of OS X, or, if you're really smart, get some people together and buy a family pack.
     
  25. DoogieWoogie macrumors member

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    Because it's an appropriate query.

    It's in Apples interest to encourage as many people to upgrade, so a small price reduction for owners of previous OSs would be logical.
     

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