Will I get Snow Leopard for free?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by amelsen, Apr 28, 2009.

  1. amelsen macrumors member

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    Alright, so I just ordered an iMac which I will be getting in approximately two weeks.

    I know Snow Leopard might come within the next couple of months, so I'm wondering.. will I be able to upgrade to that for free?

    And question number 2 - how do upgrades generally work? Will I get a completely bare and naked install, or will I get an installation that looks like and includes the same application as I eventually will get with my iMac?


    Thanks.

    - Allan
     
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    No. You will have to pay.

    Free upgrades are only available after Apple has announced a shipping date which is normally 1 month before the OS ships. Anyone who buys in that month gets a free upgrade.
     
  3. iPhil macrumors 68040

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    Have to buy a Mac within 2 weeks of OS upgrade (10.5>10.6) to pay small fee ($9.95 usually) for a drop-in disc...
     
  4. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603

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    When you upgrade nothing will change except your system software, unless you format and install (which some say to do, but it's sort of a pain in the arse so I don't recommend it).

    Upgrading the OS on Mac is sooooo easy.
     
  5. FoxHoundADAM macrumors regular

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    I was wondering this but I really can't wait any longer so I ordered my iMac already. If it's only $10 for an update disc then I don't really care.
     
  6. amelsen thread starter macrumors member

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    ... what?!?! it's not even a major version number.. and I _still_ have to pay?! Of all the things I loooooove about Mac.. I think I just found one I dislike... pffft.
     
  7. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    The $10 update discs are only available to people who qualify for the update program. That is those who bought their Macs after a shipping date for the new OS was announced. You will not qualify for this and will have to pay full price.

    Yes it is. Ignore the 10.
     
  8. amelsen thread starter macrumors member

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    *mumbles something about finding a work-around*
     
  9. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    It is a major version number. Apple decided to stick with the "OS X" label for as long as possible, meaning it's got to stick with the "10.whatever" numbering convention. It's still a major update, and, of course, if you don't consider it as such, you needn't buy it.

    Try to find a new Windows update for less than $129.

    Still, yes, an upgrade price would be nice; I find it especially irksome with iWork/iLife. Nevertheless, $129 every year and a half or so isn't too horrific, and, again, there's no true need to do it immediately, and discounts often can be found soon thereafter.
     
  10. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    Apple also every now and then does a 14 day lookback period to cover some of those who would use the 14 day return period as a reason to ask for a copy.

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    And the upgrade will just cover the OS, not any other Applications like iLife, Pages, etc.
     
  11. VulnoX macrumors member

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    Not sure how they are here about product links, but even if you do have to pay, stuff like this:
    http://www.macmall.com/macmall/shop...7&name=Mac+Box+Set+-+Single+User&mfg=MB997Z/A

    New Leopard, iLife, and iWork for $133, are pretty nice values. I am sure they will do something similar for Snow Leopard, and any new iLife and iWork.

    If you don't use Work/Life, then there are other deals for just SL. I agree it will suck to get my iMac today and have them maybe announce SL in June, but whatever. You can buy a Dell and MS could announce Windows 7 in June as well, or you could buy an iPhone and they drop the price $200 two weeks later.

    Its a game we play in the technology world, and if you want it now, sometimes you have to play the game. :)
     
  12. mastershakess macrumors 6502

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    Windows 7 won't be out for awhile! ! ! lol
     
  13. ditzy macrumors 68000

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    It is a major update. It's equivalent to moving from Vista to windows 7. Think of the OSX as you would windows, i.e Mac, OSX, Leopard as opposed to Microsoft, Windows, Vista.
     
  14. supernet33 macrumors regular

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    Yea I paid $10.00 for an upgrade last year...

    But on the other hand if you wanted it free, there are always other ways!
     
  15. VulnoX macrumors member

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    That... wasn't my point?
     
  16. ditzy macrumors 68000

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    If you want to upgrade free, there are always ways, none of which are legal. But my point wasn't about cost, it was that Snow Leopard is a new OS, in just the way that Windows 7 is, and it is as reasonable for apple to charge for Snow Leopard as it is for Microsoft to charge for windows 7.
     
  17. amelsen thread starter macrumors member

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    Perhaps I should just say I'm coming from a Linux world? I primarily use Linux at home.. and I've never had to pay to upgrade my Ubuntu =)
     
  18. FieryFurnace macrumors 6502

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    You are spending ~$1500 for a computer and then you are too stingy to buy an OS for ~$130?

    You don't need to buy 10.6, 10.5 is a nice OS and does everything perfeclty for most people.
    I don't understand some people who treat 10.6 like it reinvents the wheel. It is just an OS - sure, it's fully 64bit and uses your GPU for more then just graphics - but,...

    Anyways, I will wait for a couple of month (or even up to a year or more) until I get 10.6. I would like to see some real world performance and experiences that show me it is worth to say goodbye to 10.5.
     
  19. Drewsky87 macrumors 6502

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    Last time I checked, OS X wasn't open source...sorry bud. Either buy it with 10.5.6, wait until Snow Leopard comes out to order it, or format your HDD and install Jaunty Jackalope when you get your mac. Those are your 3 options.
     
  20. amelsen thread starter macrumors member

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    I'm fully aware what my options are... but that doesn't mean I have to like them.
     
  21. FoxHoundADAM macrumors regular

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    Thought that sounded too good. Ah well, ~$130 may be worth it. Although who know, maybe after this freezing fiasco I will have recieved an iMac within 14 days of their announcement.
     
  22. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    Not received: bought. Receiving a replacement for a machine bought outside the qualifying period does not make you qualify.
     
  23. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Impossible. Suck it up and pay for it like the rest of us. Why on Earth would you expect to get something for free because you bought a product three months before it even existed?
     
  24. FoxHoundADAM macrumors regular

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    I know, but my comment was that if I have to haggle with getting replacements for 2 months I'm sure getting Apple to give me a free upgrade to SL wouldn't be much of a request.
     
  25. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    You might think not, but I'm pretty sure they will say no. SL is likely 2-3 months from shipping right now so your machine will be miles outside any window of reasonability for a free upgrade.
     

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