Apple Selling $20 OS X Lion and Mountain Lion in Online Store

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple is now offering redemption codes on its online store for both OS X 10.7 Lion and OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion for users of older Macs who have not previously purchased the software, reports TechCrunch.

    Lion and Mountain Lion, which are no longer available for download directly from the Mac App Store, can be bought for $19.99 each. Purchasing either one of the older operating systems will result in an email with a content code that can be redeemed within the Mac App Store.

    Previously, users were able to purchase a copy of Lion, but doing so required a phone call to Apple. OS X Mountain Lion was available via the Mac App Store earlier this week, but it has since been removed in favor of Mavericks, leaving the new online purchasing system as the only way to acquire an older Apple OS.

    Customers who have previously purchased Lion or Mountain Lion can download the operating systems through the "Purchases" tab of the Mac App Store.

    Article Link: Apple Selling $20 OS X Lion and Mountain Lion in Online Store
  2. osx11 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 16, 2011
    Glad that Apple cares about legacy hardware. YOU ROCK!!!
  3. B... macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2013
    Mavericks isn't free for users of 10.5 and below, so this makes sense.
  4. Lickinstick macrumors newbie

    Oct 19, 2013
    thank u Apple for providing best system for mac computers.

    Tim u are great chairman. God bless.
  5. ouimetnick macrumors 68020


    Aug 28, 2008
    Beverly, Massachusetts
    And the reason they don't just leave it for the public in the Mac App Store along with Mavericks is......?
  6. Dewroo macrumors regular


    Jul 28, 2010
    Tilton, NH.
    Costumer confusion. They wouldn't necessarily realize that Mavericks is the better and latest version. they'd see the price tag on mountain lion or lion and think "gee, since it costs more, it must be better!"
  7. bushido Suspended


    Mar 26, 2008
    perfect for those still buying iPad 2s apparently :p
  8. iParis macrumors 68040


    Jul 29, 2008
    New Mexico
    Maybe by chance the ability to redownload them is fixed. Yesterday I would hit "download" for Mountain Lion and it just had a grayed out box after clicking that and it was never initiated.

    Well I don't really think anything in the "below" category is compatible. :p And hell, if you are on 10.5 still and running a compatible machine, I think it's amazing you can upgrade to an OS 6 years newer for $20.
  9. iHacker0390 macrumors member

    Aug 19, 2012
    Grover CO
    Is there a Mac that shipped with 10.5 that can run OSXM?
  10. TylerL macrumors regular

    Jan 2, 2002
    I get still offering Snow Leopard and Lion, but Mountain Lion and Mavericks share the same system requirements.
    There's no reason I can think of to run (let alone spend time and money installing) Mountain Lion, now that Mavericks is out...not to mention FREE.


    Yes. In fact, there are a few models (Mid 2007 iMac, etc) that originally shipped with 10.4!
  11. iHacker0390 macrumors member

    Aug 19, 2012
    Grover CO
    THis makes sense for Lion since some might have stayed with SL and Lion is the latest their mac can run and its gone from the store, but Why ML? If your Mac can run ML why not just get M?
  12. Mac Write macrumors member

    Dec 16, 2012
    Vancouver British Columbia
    • 2007 iMac
    • 2007 Macook Pro
    • 2008 Mac Pro
    • Late 2008 Macbook Pro
    • Late 2008 Macbook
    All came with 10.5 and can run 10.9.
  13. 9000 macrumors 6502

    Sep 29, 2013
    If my computer could not run Mountain Lion or later, I'd definitely take Snow Leopard over the half-baked Lion.
  14. Gemütlichkeit macrumors 65816


    Nov 17, 2010
  15. 9000 macrumors 6502

    Sep 29, 2013
    My 2008 Mac Pro.
  16. Sky Blue Guest

    Sky Blue

    Jan 8, 2005
    But you can't upgrade to 10.7/10.8 without 10.6. Makes sense to sell 10.6, not necessarily 10.7/10.8.
  17. Trauma1 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 15, 2009
    How exactly does this makes sense?

    Apple is offering a Mac App Store download, and 10.5 does not have the Mac App Store.
  18. Tech198 macrumors G4

    Mar 21, 2011
    Australia, Perth
    Oh, this is good.

    Or, Apple could have just kept it on the Mac App dtore. There is no reason to remove stuff, if it s all digital delivery now-a-days.

    Why is switching to buy only models?? makes no sense.. Particually for previous versions. Makes it easier too to upgrade.
  19. sfrancis928 macrumors member

    May 31, 2012
    My mid 2009 MacBook Pro
  20. bkribbs macrumors 65816

    Jan 15, 2012
    For one, gaming sucks on Mavericks. I can't play mine craft with ~20 FPS. Until that's fixed, I'm going to try to install ML.

    Of course I can't seem to download it from the MAS, as it just does nothing when I click download so...
  21. Trauma1 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 15, 2009
  22. Sneakz macrumors 65816


    Jul 17, 2008
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Yes, 2007 Santa Rosa MacBook Pro. That's if the GPU hasn't failed by now. Actually, it shipped with Tiger.
  23. 9000 macrumors 6502

    Sep 29, 2013
    I don't know if gaming in general sucks, maybe just Minecraft. Mavericks did something to Java. It was suddenly uninstalled after I upgraded, and I had to update it (which I hate doing). I did a very quick and incomplete test of Minecraft, and it seemed like it was slightly slower than before.
  24. AnonMac50 macrumors 65816

    Mar 24, 2010
    Yes. Tiger also.

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