OS X updates

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  1. twdi macrumors member

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    Windows updates or service packs are always free of charge

    How is this with the Mac OSX? Does apple also offers updates on scheduled moments and are they also free?
     
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    Yes, updates to OS X are also free. When a new version is released, Apple sells them for cheap. Mountain Lion currently costs $19.99 I think.
     
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    Updates are free, upgrades have to be paid.

    Software update, upgrade--what's the difference?
    An update is going from 10.8.1 to 10.8.2 or going from Windows 7 SP 1 to Windows 7 SP2, an upgrade is going from Mac OS X 10.7 Lion to OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion or from Windows 7 to Windows 8.
     
  4. blueroom macrumors 603

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    Updates are free.
    New versions of OSX are announced about once per year usually for $20-$30
    OSX is always the full version, unlike the many flavors of Windows.
     
  5. mrsir2009 macrumors 604

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    Apple gives you free updates via the Software Updates in the App Store, and they release one major OS upgrade per year, which costs about $20-$30.
     
  6. colourfastt macrumors 6502a

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    I have never had any OS update through the App Store.
     
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    What OS are you on? I've received them for Lion and Mountain Lion.
     
  8. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    I never use the Mac App Store, but I was under the impression that apps update via the MAS, but OS X updates via Software Update. Is this not the case?
     
  9. SandboxGeneral, Jan 12, 2013
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    With Mountain Lion, Software Update is now integrated into the MAS. In the :apple: dropdown, you still have two choices:

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    Then one app opens and you have the options at the top of the screen. Under the Updates tab you will see updates for apps you purchased plus any OS X or other Apple software updates that are available.

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  10. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Thanks for the explanation!
     
  11. Peace macrumors Core

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    What ? Well I do declare. Something you didn't know ?

    Hell hast frozen over.

    :eek:
     
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    Hehehe... to his credit, I think he still runs Snow Leopard. Ahh the fond memories. :)
     
  14. Peace macrumors Core

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    Ya. I much prefer the old software update to the dumb MAS way of doing it.
     
  15. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    LOL! There's plenty I don't know! I'm blissfully ignorant of many of the changes that came with Lion and ML.
    Exactly. The more I read, the more I'm not looking forward to the time when I'm forced to adopt ML. For now, I'm very pleased to stick with SL.
     
  16. mrsir2009 macrumors 604

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    I’m pretty sure they intergrated the software updates with the app store in lion or ML. Makes sense, I guess.
     

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