will new macbooks ship with leopard?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by farqueue, Aug 7, 2006.

  1. farqueue macrumors 6502


    Jun 18, 2006
    Hello ,as a new mac user who got a macbook last month, just wondering if the new batch of macbooks will ship with leopard.

    or do current tigre users get a free leopard update??
  2. Chundles macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    Leopard isn't due till next year. The WWDC will show a preview of Leopard but the actual shipping date will, most likely, not be announced till later this year or early next year. Leopard will undergo a lot of refinement and changes between this preview and it's final release - Tiger changed quite considerably between it's preview at WWDC 2004 and release in April 2005 - Apple will be giving out a Developer's Beta of Leopard to facilitate this process.

    From the day it is available in stores all new Macs purchased after that date will come with 10.5 either pre-installed or as a drop in DVD.

    Apple has also offered the drop in DVD to users who purchased a Mac within a specified date range before the new OS begins shipping (about 2 weeks if I recall correctly).

    Current Tiger users and those who purchase a new Mac between now and about 2 weeks before 10.5 goes on sale will have to purchase Leopard.
  3. asxtb macrumors 6502

    Sep 1, 2005
    I'm pretty sure it is offered to people that bought a Mac on or after the day it is announced. At least this is how it worked for iLife.

    Edit: That is, it is offered to people that did not have the software shipped with the Mac.

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