$29 Snow Leopard Installs Whether or Not You've Got Leopard

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  1. borcanm macrumors regular

    Nov 4, 2008
    LifeHacker confirms SL upgrade disk will instal on Tiger machines.

    "Even though Apple suggests Mac users without Leopard buy the $169 Mac box set to get Snow Leopard, anyone can purchase the $29 Snow Leopard disc and install Snow Leopard in its entirety without having already installed Leopard.

    This means the $29 Snow Leopard DVD isn't an "upgrade" at all; it's the full-on Mac OS X operating system for 30 bucks."

  2. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604


    Dec 29, 2006
    dallas, texas
  3. borcanm thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 4, 2008
    It most likely is. SL is basically a service-pack for 10.5 so it makes sense to charge only 29$.
  4. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
  5. bamf macrumors 6502

    Feb 14, 2008
    Mossberg has confirmed it will work with Tiger installs in his review.
  6. borcanm thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 4, 2008
  7. C64 macrumors 65816


    Sep 3, 2008
    Apple doesn't bother with OS X serial numbers either, so why would they bother with a bunch of different disks. It's the same as buying a single licence and still have the option to install it on an unlimited amount of machines.

    I'm pretty sure they're not very happy with it (albeit silently), but it's a good way to differentiate themselves from Windows 7 and its 21 different versions and upgrade options.

    They just leave it to the user to do the right thing. And if someone downloads it or upgrades from Tiger for only $29, it's still not a total loss. It's another OS X user, and in many cases a new switcher who'll stick with OS X and buys him or herself a nice new Mac in the future: win.
  8. djellison macrumors 68020

    Feb 2, 2007
    Pasadena CA
    ^ This.

    I've tried it. I'm looking forward to it - but it REALLY is just 10.5, heavily optimised. Even Apple themselves made much of the 'NO NEW FEATURES' to developers 12 months ago.

    This turned out to be not entirely true - but it's not far off. The average user probably wouldn't notice a difference unless you pointed them out.
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