buying Lion OS X for other family member?

I WAS the one

macrumors 6502a
Original poster
May 16, 2006
Here is the situation:

My sister's Macbook is outdated with Snow Leopard, I am so happy with Lion that I told her I was going to buy her a copy.

here is the question?

If I use my Apple ID to pay for the OS on her computer am I going to be the registered owner of that Macbook or she will always be the Owner?

I don't want to her lose the authority over the Macbook just because I upgrade the OS.

Anyone with this kind of situation?


macrumors 68020
Feb 17, 2011
Spokane, WA
You know you can gift her the "App", or give her the $30 through iTunes/MAS to buy it herself. Then you don't have to worry about the licensing.


macrumors 601
Jun 19, 2007
Plymouth, MN
Gifting it would make the most sense - she will get that specific item and she will be the owner and it will be tied to her own account.


macrumors 65816
Nov 19, 2004
What the others said. Also, even if you signed into the App Store with your account, you couldn't purchase Lion again because it would already show you have a copy of it. Just gift it.

I WAS the one

macrumors 6502a
Original poster
May 16, 2006
Thanks, I didnt knew that a gift option was on the Mac App Store... Too late!
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