Can my wife's older MBP be upgraded?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Clint1583, Oct 25, 2013.

  1. Clint1583 macrumors regular

    Mar 4, 2011
    Hoping someone can answer this for us. My wife has an older 13" MBP with the original Leopard 10.5.8 operating system but would like to be able to update it with the new Maverick system. I noticed that Apple is now allowing owners to upgrade to both Lion and Mountain Lion for $20. so that older units can run Maverick.

    What would be the best way (if at all) for my wife to be able to do this? Would her unit even be up-gradable because of it's age? Because it's still in great condition it seems like it would be worth spending a fair amount of money to bring it up to date. Thanks for any help!
  2. Namji macrumors 6502a


    Aug 13, 2010
    why not skip all that and upgrade to maverick?

    Mac models compatible with OSX Maverick.

    iMac (Mid 2007 or newer)
    MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer)
    MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer)
    MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer)
    Mac mini (Early 2009 or newer)
    Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer)
    Xserve (Early 2009)
  3. Clint1583 thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 4, 2011
    If she has the original 10.5.8 Leopard would she have to individually upgrade to each older operating system that's in between her Leopard and the new Maverick?
  4. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    No, but you will need to get to Snow Leopard as that is the first version that supports the App Store app that you need to get Mavericks. So buy the Snow Leopard DVD from Apple here for $20 then run software update to get the newest version of the App Store. Then in the App Store get your free copy of Mavericks and install it.

    You won' need to install Lion or Mt. Lion.
  5. ammusk macrumors regular

    Oct 20, 2009
    Yep, if you want to install Mavericks you need a version of OS X with the App Store i.e. Snow Leopard, Lion or Mountain Lion.
  6. Clint1583 thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 4, 2011
    Thanks for the help. I only hope her computer meets the minimum requirements that are needed to install Snow Leopard let alone Mavericks.
  7. Animalk macrumors 6502

    May 27, 2007
    Montreal Canada
    You could also find someone who could let you borrow his Snow Leopard DVD instead of paying the 20$.

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