How will apple check if you have leopard for snow leopards release?

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  1. TheShinyMac macrumors 6502a

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    How will they check, should I bring in my serial number for my macbook pro and also can I buy the single license and then install it on two computers/bc my friend did it when leopard came out but i am not sure how?
     
  2. spinnerlys Guest

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    Most likely it's an upgrade DVD like with Leopard, when you bought your Mac in October 2007 and were eligible for upgrading.
    The Installer sees if you have Leopard installed, and if not, it shows you the "no, I can't" message.
     
  3. SkyBell macrumors 604

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    Apple doesn't have any anti-piracy measures built into OS X. Theoretically, you could install a single license of OS X on an unlimited amount of machines - but that's illegal.
     
  4. mrj205 macrumors regular

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    Not sure on how they check to verify you have leopard. In regard to installing SL on two Macs...sure you can do it, but that would be a violation on the EULA, and therefore illegal. You would need to get the family pack if you have multiple machines.
     
  5. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    It is called a "single" license for a reason ;)

    In the same household

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     
  6. iknowyourider macrumors 6502a

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    They won't check, they'll just remind you that it will not work with Tiger.
     
  7. Shake 'n' Bake macrumors 68020

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    I know this will be a huge argument but...

    Apple doesn't make laws, therefore, it wouldn't be illegal. It would be frowned upon however.
     
  8. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Company says you can't do something, someone does it, they get sued by said company, company wins.

    Happens a lot. :p
     
  9. petermcphee macrumors 6502a

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    Right. It would be a breach of contract, essentially.
     
  10. Shake 'n' Bake macrumors 68020

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    Sure it does, but it still isn't a law.
     
  11. mrj205 macrumors regular

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    Violation of the EULA is a breach of copyright law. Therefore, the EULA ties itself to a law, making the violation of it illegal.:D
     
  12. Shake 'n' Bake macrumors 68020

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    I didn't know we had so many lawyers here :).

    But do you really think Apple will catch you? Or even try to catch you?
     
  13. mrj205 macrumors regular

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    not a lawyer, but many in the family are.:p i doubt they would ever know/care/investigate. but just wanted to inform the OP that his idea would break the law...
     
  14. zKarp macrumors member

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    something to think about

    The people who pirate wouldn't buy the product anyways(most of the time).
    I do know some people who get leaked things but then buy it anyway cause they're legit people. Example. iPhone OS3
     
  15. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604

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    Please don't try to sneak by the rules. Someone steals, it jacks up the price for the rest of us. It's lose-lose-lose situation for everyone.

    With that being said, Apple will require your serial number when purchasing the SL upgrade disc. I ordered it a few days after I got my uMBP 15". Apple will check your system (serial number) and then let you buy the disc.
     
  16. panzer06 macrumors 68030

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    Unless you bought your mac directly from Apple online, then it just added the upgrade to my cart -- no serial number required.

    Cheers,
     
  17. DarthTreydor macrumors 6502

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    so how does it work for people with intel macs who never upgraded to leopard? do they have to buy a copy of leopard, install it, then buy a copy of snow leopard and install that? or will apple sell a different version for people still running tiger?
     
  18. smartalic34 macrumors 6502a

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    there is definitely that box set that includes iLife '09 and iWork '09 in addition to upgrading you to snow leopard, but as for a stand-alone SL upgrade, apple hasnt mentioned this yet.

    as for upgrading, apple will only check serial numbers for those getting SL at the $9.95 price (the "bought a recent machine and want to upgrade" price)

    apple wont be checking serial numbers for those buying the disc at $29.
     

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