Tiger on old iMac

Discussion in 'macOS' started by blimundus, Mar 25, 2011.

  1. blimundus macrumors member

    Apr 18, 2006
    If I buy a Macbook Pro, will that give me the right/ability to upgrade my old (Intel) iMac from Tiger to the OS X version that comes with the Macbook Pro? Or will I still need to buy a separate license for my iMac?

  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    The install discs that come with Macs are model-specific. They cannot be used on different models. You can buy a retail copy of Snow Leopard.
  3. blimundus thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 18, 2006
    Thanks for the info.

    My iMac still runs Tiger because I run Ubuntu almost exclusively anyway. However, I started thinking about getting an iPad, and it seems that you either need a Windows computer (which I do not have) or Snow Leopard to activate/sync an iPad.

    I could just pay 129 euros for a Snow Leopard license, but that would just feel like a markup on top of the price of an iPad for no reason.

    That's why I started thinking about getting a Macbook Pro or Air.

    I would probably not run Ubuntu on a Macbook Pro or Air. On a desktop, I very much prefer Ubuntu over OS X. However, on a laptop, the advantages of OS X (battery life, hardware support etc) are much more important than on a desktop. Maybe I would use some virtualisation to run specific linux programmes.

    Based on the above, I guess I don't care that much that I would not upgrade to Snow Leopard on my iMac...

    Another (minimalistic) option is to activate the iPad in the store and not sync it to a computer...

    Oh well. No iPad for me. I'll have another look when there are new Macbook Airs, and when Lion comes out.

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