Questions about version of Mac OSX

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Afini, Sep 12, 2008.

  1. Afini macrumors member

    Sep 9, 2008
    Portland, OR
    :rolleyes:So I've ordered my first Mac, and I've always been a windows user.

    I see people talking about OS versions, is the version something similar to the SP for windows? Is Snow Lepoard that I see people talking about a new OS or an upgrade for the current OS or....?

    Sorry if the question seems noobish, I'm just used to WinXP just downloading SP as they come out, and I'm not sure about how the Mac OS works, will it just update the version as neccesary, will I need to purchase it, or simply visit a site? Thanks a bunch!
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    Snow Leopard is a 10.x update that people WILL be paying for.

    All other updates (10.2.x, 10.4.x, 10.5.x, etc.) are free and pushed through Apple Software Update.
  3. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

    Jaffa Cake

    Aug 1, 2004
    The City of Culture, Englandshire
    The differently named versions are major revisions to the OS, with new features and stuff which you have to pay for. So Tiger for example was 10.4, and Leopard is 10.5. Minor revisions (big fixes, that sort of thing) are available as free downloads and are still classed as being the current big cat name.
  4. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus


    Jan 15, 2006
    The Kop
    Snow Leopard will be the next OS. If it follows the same pattern as the previous versions it will be a paid upgrade which will come on an install disk. You will have to either buy it online and wait for delivery or go to the shop and purchase it.

    In general the windows service packs can be likened to 10.x.x releases as these are downloaded via the internet and include bug fixes and security updates. Where as 10.x releases are new operating systems.
  5. TEG macrumors 604


    Jan 21, 2002
    Langley, Washington
    The current version is 10.5 (Leopard) with update 4, making it 10.5.4.
    This would be similar to saying XP w/ Service Pack 4.

    Snow Leopard will be 10.6, will cost money, and will be a totally new version, like going to Vista, just not made of FAIL.

  6. Afini thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 9, 2008
    Portland, OR
    I figured it would be as straight forward as that, but I wanted to make sure. Thanks a lot for all your replies!
  7. plinden macrumors 68040


    Apr 8, 2004
    I remember discussions about whether Snow Leopard will be a free upgrade to Leopard users, or will be charged for (upgrades from prior versions of OS X will definitely cost).

    But I don't remember any announcement from Apple - is there any official announcement I missed that mentions this one way or another?
  8. strider42 macrumors 65816


    Feb 1, 2002
    No official announcements, but apple ALWAYS charges for what it considers a major OS upgrade (which they obviously do in the case of snow leapard, indicated by the fact thaqt they gave it its own name and an entire .x number upgrade). The only exception to this pretty much ever was 10.1, which was free because 10.0 was pretty much unusable.

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