After Lion, will refurbs still ship w/Snow Leopard?

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  1. Brian33 macrumors 6502a

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    Whenever Lion is released, I assume all non-refurb Macs will be preloaded with Lion. Will the refurbished Macs be wiped and re-loaded with Lion, or will some be available with whatever OS version they originally had? Any idea how long such Snow Leopard equipped MBPs would be available after Lion ships? (A few hours, days, or weeks?)

    (I want a refurb MacBook Pro 15" but I'm not quite ready to place my order, and I'd really like to get it with Snow Leopard, and not Lion. I prefer to wait awhile to upgrade the OS, and meanwhile I'd like the new MBP's OS to match the OS on my iMac.)

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  2. And1ss macrumors 6502a

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    This topic has come up before on Macrumors. What I remember the last time someone asked this was that refurbs come with whatever OS that was originally installed. If you look on the Apple site at refurb policies, it states this.
     
  3. noisycats macrumors 6502a

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    They toss an upload disc into the box

    That has been my experience on several occasions...the machine comes preloaded with whatever was hip during the day of the device, and an "upgrade" disc of the latest and greatest was in the box.
     
  4. mrkramer macrumors 603

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    I bought a refurb mini a few weeks after Leopard came out. It came with tiger preinstalled and an upgrade disk.
     
  5. Brian33 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks everyone for your info and experiences. This could somewhat relieve the pressure for me to buy right away before Lion hits!

    Regards,
    Brian33
     
  6. vaderhater245 macrumors 6502

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    It'll be interesting to see how this pans out as Lion won't normally come in disc form.
     
  7. Van W macrumors member

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    I had the same experience, except in 2009 with Snow Leopard (and a MBP). I was deliberately trying to get a machine with the old OS on it just in case the new one took a while to iron out the problems.

    I'm thinking of doing the same thing again, just like the OP...
     
  8. Darth.Titan macrumors 68030

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    It will probably ship with a code for use at the Mac App Store that is redeemable for a copy of Lion.
     
  9. Brian33 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I hope so, that would be ideal for me!
     
  10. Vantage Point macrumors 65816

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    It may be that after Lion comes out that Macs that come into the shop to be checked over will be updated. If so I would not expect those to be shipped for about a month. Best to call apple directly and ask as I would think they want everyone to be using the latest and greatest version that makes it easier to buy new things from them - but I am just guessing
     

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