Free Leopard w/ New iMac?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by LittleJ09, Oct 1, 2007.

  1. LittleJ09 macrumors newbie

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    Hey everyone,

    I'm looking to buy myself a new iMac as soon as this Friday (10/5/07) :D and I'm wondering about the free upgrade to Leopard "deal."

    As I understand it, in the past Apple has offered a free upgrade to the new OS when customers buy a mac that comes pre-loaded with the old OS between announcement and release. Is that accurate?

    If so, are they really strict about the announcement date being the cut-off? I'm hoping Leopard's announcement will come this week and I won't have to worry about it.... but what happens if I buy an iMac on Friday, and Leopard is announced the following Tuesday? Does their "14-day" policy apply there?

    It's not a huge deal, as a student I would get a good deal on Leopard anyways, but I'm just wondering if it would just be worth waiting to hear about Leopard (either release date or delay *gasp*) before buying.

    Thanks for your thoughts!! :)
     
  2. aaronw1986 macrumors 68030

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    Yes, that's true. And no, it must be after announcement....2 months 2 days, it's all the same if it's before the announcement.
     
  3. Tumeg101 macrumors 6502a

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    everybody gives this answer...


    Apple's only written policy is I think 14 days before, and you will get like, half off...
    But it's there unwritten policy that nobody talks about...
    If you buy it maybe within a week, and you ask nicely, you will probably get a free upgrade, if you get turned down just keep asking other people, you will eventually find a free upgrade...
     
  4. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    This is simply not what has happened in the past with the Panther and Tiger Up-To-Date programs. If you purchased a Mac within the qualifying period (normally around 1 month, in both cases starting from the date a shipping date was announced) you could send a form to Apple and they would ship you the new OS for shipping only ($10 in the case of Tiger).

    If you bought a new Mac outside the period you were out of luck.

    Note that as no shipping date has yet been announced if Apple use the same rules/policy as the last two releases you will not get a free or cheap upgrade if you buy now.
     
  5. LittleJ09 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the replies.

    I guess I'll just play it by ear and hope they announce Leopard soon :)

    I'm thinking that it would be nice to own a copy of Tiger anyway just in case there are some problems with Leopard... but hopefully there wont be.

    Getting excited for my first mac! :apple:
     
  6. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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  7. sushiman macrumors member

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    I'm planning on getting my first Mac ( iMac ) soon . I called Tokyo Apple yesterday and the rep told me that if I bought an iMac now that I could get the Leopard upgrade for half price .

    I would prefer to buy my computer with Leopard pre-installed , but my PC may not last until the end of this month . It snapped out of its coma yesterday but is living on life support !
     
  8. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    Get it in writing. Apple's never offered half-price upgrades in the past.
     
  9. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    The Tiger Up-to-Date program was half the price of the others.

    Don't expect the Leopard update to remain 9.95, I'd almost expect it to go back to $19.95 with the large changes in shipping charges since Tiger.

    But, you almost don't want the "Upgrade" sent out with the Up-to-Date program anyhow.

    The retail version includes the ability to boot the machines and make an install directly from the DVDs, instead of the upgrade DVD requiring a working OS on the drive.

    However the price makes it worth it, sort of.
     
  10. Roy Hobbs macrumors 68000

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    The Up-To-Date version is not an upgrade. It is a full version it just doesnt have the retail packaging.
     
  11. sushiman macrumors member

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    The guy said it would be in writing !
     
  12. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    Don't worry. If Leopard is like Tiger installation is very easy. Just put the DVD in and click OK a few times. MS Windows has the concept of a "fresh install" being better but this does not apply, except to MS Windows
     
  13. jonswan macrumors regular

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    Strange, when I bought my iMac last week Tokyo Apple basically told me I didn't have a hope in hell of getting a reduced price on Leopard, but why should I? This question has been done to death over and over, and perhaps the OP should've researched back a few days to see this. When they announce Leopard then maybe you'll get a discount the week before. You should work on the assumption that Leopard is out at the end of this month, and buy either then, or just before, after the announcement.
     
  14. jaw04005 macrumors 601

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    My Panther Up-to-Date discs were "upgrade" discs that required placing the original software restore disc in for verification. I don't have any experience with Tiger.

    The iLife Up-to-Date discs have always been full versions.
     
  15. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    The tiger up-to-date discs were also available as upgrades, at least some people here got the upgrades and not the full retail kit.
    Since there are still these Tiger Upgrade DVD Kits for sale for $70 or less on the resale market, it is likely that Leopard will follow the same scheme.
     

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