Will there be any free upgrades to Leopard?

lilvenom

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I plan on buying a MacBook Pro in the coming weeks and I know Leopard is coming out in a few months... will there be any free upgrades available to people buying MacBooks now? or will I have to just buy the new OS when it comes out later this year?

sorry if this question has been asked before but I haven't really seen anything on it...
 

robbieduncan

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This question has been asked loads, but anyway.

Now. 95% chance of no. In the past once a shipping date (and no a month is not a date) is announced any Mac bought gets a free upgrade. So as no shipping date is yet announced it's full price upgrades.
 

Fearless Leader

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no, if apple had any sort of leopard upgrades they'd be touting that all over the place. They may around, the month before they launch, but now no, sorry.
 

JFreak

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Well, they might announce a more specific date soon
Yes, definetely. They need to set a date so in-house they have a real target.

and they might give a DISCOUNT and not a free upgrade.
No, most probably not. At least the last 5(ish) years there has always been free upgrade for all computer purchases after Apple has announced a release date for the next OS (this is called the up-to-date program) — and I can't even remember the last time that Apple discounted anything with the coupons they're including with software purhcases. Because the coupons have been worthless that long I don't see them returning to them in the near future.
 

robbieduncan

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and I can't even remember the last time that Apple discounted anything with the coupons they're including with software purhcases. Because the coupons have been worthless that long I don't see them returning to them in the near future.
They gave a free upgrade to 10.1 to anyone with a coupon from 10.0. And that was only because 10.0 did not actually do everything that OS9 had on the same hardware (no DVD player!)
 

JFreak

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10.1 was more like a service pack rather than a full OS upgrade. It was mainly just patching up 10.0 to a usable state.
No, it was more like you could buy OSX before it was released. So 10.0 was Apple's way of selling a "version 0.something" software and it was only logical to give the "version 1.x" software free for the people buying the zero-something version before it was usable (which is a definition for 1.x software).

As far as I can remember, the last 10.1 version was very usable; even more so than Windows five years ago.
 

Cromulent

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No, it was more like you could buy OSX before it was released. So 10.0 was Apple's way of selling a "version 0.something" software and it was only logical to give the "version 1.x" software free for the people buying the zero-something version before it was usable (which is a definition for 1.x software).

As far as I can remember, the last 10.1 version was very usable; even more so than Windows five years ago.
Actually that was the Mac OS X Public Beta. Mac OS 10.0 was the full release version and as I said 10.1 was the service pack like upgrade to get it in a somewhat usable form.
 

robbieduncan

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Actually that was the Mac OS X Public Beta. Mac OS 10.0 was the full release version and as I said 10.1 was the service pack like upgrade to get it in a somewhat usable form.
Mmm yeah. I had the beta too. I actually used it as my every day OS on my home laptop. Boy has OSX come a long way in a short time.