Apple offering Snow Leopard for free to MobileMe subscribers

Summary:Apple's trying to get users to upgrade to Lion (which costs $30) and in the big picture iCloud, because MobileMe is riding off into the sunset in June.

Apple offering Snow Leopard for free to MobileMe subscribers - Jason O'Grady

Macgasm first noticed that Apple has begun offering free copies of Mac OS 10.6 ("Snow Leopard") to paid MobileMe subscribers. The free Snow Leopard offer was presumably initiated to encourage people to upgrade to iCloud before MobileMe is shut down on June 30th, 2012.

Neither my wife nor I -- both long time MobileMe/Mac.com subscribers -- received the invitation. But we've both already made the switch to iCloud, so my working theory is that only MobileMe laggards who haven't yet made the switch to iCloud are getting the invitations.

Regardless of being invited or not, any active MobileMe subscriber can still obtain the offer by going to www.me.com/snow-leopard. Curiously, Apple is fulfilling the offer on old-school boxed DVD media and not digitally via the Mac App Store.

In order to fully switch to iCloud, you'll need to upgrade from OS X 10.6 ("Snow Leopard") to OS X 10.7 ("Lion") by purchasing a digital download for $29.99 from the Mac App Store.

The free cat offer expires on June 15th, 2012.

Apple offering Snow Leopard for free to MobileMe subscribers - Jason O'Grady

Topics: Apple, Collaboration, Mobile OS

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Jason D. O'Grady developed an affinity for Apple computers after using the original Lisa, and this affinity turned into a bona-fide obsession when he got the original 128 KB Macintosh in 1984. He started writing one of the first Web sites about Apple (O'Grady's PowerPage) in 1995 and is considered to be one of the fathers of blogging.... Full Bio

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