Apple details Mac OS X Snow Leopard Up-to-Date program

Apple details Mac OS X Snow Leopard Up-to-Date program

Summary: With a new version of Mac OS X on the way, some people might be put off buying a new Mac because they want access to the latest OS as soon as it's out. Fear not, Apple has just released details of its "Up-to-Date" program.

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With a new version of Mac OS X on the way, some people might be put off buying a new Mac because they want access to the latest OS as soon as it's out. Fear not, Apple has just released details of its "Up-to-Date" program.

Here's the meat:

If you’ve purchased a qualifying computer or Xserve on or after June 8, 2009 that does not include Mac OS X Snow Leopard, you can upgrade to Mac OS X Snow Leopard for $9.95.

That's $9.95 plus tax, but it's still a good deal. There is some small print though regarding qualifying products, but it still gives potential buyers the confidence to part with their cash now and still be able to get their hands on Snow Leopard for ten bucks. Completed order form must be postmarked or faxed within 90 days of the date of purchase of a qualifying computer or by December 26, 2009, whichever is earlier.

If you buy multiple systems you can order one upgrade kit and specify a right to copy which means that you don't have to spend $9.95 per system.

Topics: Operating Systems, Apple, Hardware, Software

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  • Why does Apple charge?

    Is it for shipping of the CD? Why not do what other OEMs have done with Windows Vista, and offer it as a free upgrade from XP if you purchased a computer before the official release of Vista.
    GuidingLight
    • I remember when I got my 1st laptop

      and it came with ME, I had to pay $20 for the XP
      upgrade, when it came out a few weeks later. I am
      trying to remember when I bought my second laptop
      a couple of years ago, if I had to pay for the
      disc, or not. If I did I don't think it was very
      much, I do know it wasn't as much as the first go
      around from ME to XP.
      xXSpeedzXx
    • Microsoft isn't based in California...

      Microsoft isn't based in California. It's some weird California Tax Code.
      It was explained a few years ago when iPod Touch users were
      complaining about having to buy the OS upgrade.
      olePigeon
      • That could very well be true

        California does have some "unique" laws.
        GuidingLight
    • According to Apple ...

      ... the$9.95 covers:

      Covers product plus shipping and handing fee. U.S. customers add appropriate sales tax.
      Adrian Kingsley-Hughes
    • Sarbanes-Oxley

      Apple is interpreting the accounting rules very strictly. Not surprising
      since they're still stinging from a backdating options investigation.
      Backdating options was also a "gray" area of accounting.
      frgough
      • Would you please read SOX

        I'm tired of folks trotting out SOX and claiming its mysterious accounting rules force them to take certain action.
        jshaw4343
      • You have tried that argument before

        as an excuse for Apple's greed: It was disproven then, and it is not tue now.

        I can understand shipping and Handling (4.99 for most places) but the fact is Apple wishes to collect more money, plain and simple.

        It has zero to do with Sarbanes-Oxley
        GuidingLight
  • LOL - Buy now! Upgrade later - just pay the Apple tax..

    Yea ok - this is nuts. I have no idea why Apple apologists let Apple do this. MS does NOT charge for service packs and upgrades via their "buy now, upgrade later" campaigns.

    Get your credit cards ready, because Stevie Jobs is gonna hit you again!
    JT82
    • since when...

      is a major overhaul of the OS code a service pack? $10 is a super deal.
      lostarchitect
    • How 10.6 different than Windows 7?

      Last I checked, Windows 7 is not free. And its basically the same level of upgrade as 10.6 (Snow Leopard).

      Apple's "service packs" are free. Thats what the x.x.1 upgrades are.
      Stuka
      • Very simple answer to the question in your subject line

        [i]How 10.6 different than Windows 7?[/i]

        If you buy a Vista computer within the months leading up to the Windows 7 release, the upgrade is free. If you buy a Mac within the months leading up to the 10.6 release, Apple charges you $10. See the difference?
        NonZealot
        • We don't even know the prices yet

          Putting down Apple without even knowing any windows 7 details is
          amazing. Where are these free upgrades?
          Richard Flude
        • Microsoft isn't based in California. [nt]

          [nt]
          olePigeon
    • $10 incl. shipping and handling. OMG

      Under this scenario a customer has just bought
      a Mac. They looked at the OS and the hardware,
      they liked what they saw, and so they bought
      it. Why not, people have been happily using
      Leopard for a while now, apparently there's a
      lot to like. Apple now brings out a new version
      of the Mac OS that significantly enhances the
      value of the computer they just bought and
      provides that new OS to them for about one
      third the price of retail.
      $10 including shipping and handling. Sure, free
      is nice, but $10 is hardly something to get
      your panties in a bunch over.
      UGottaBKidding
      • Well its more to about the point of charging period..

        plus since when does a CD cost $10 to ship? Unless they are fedexing it, its probably no more than a few dollars.

        The point being Apple charges you their "tax" to buy a system early and upgrade it later. MS doesnt do that.
        JT82
        • Don't hold me to the versions nor their competitor....

          MS did charge for a DOS upgrade. It was about $5.00 to go from 6.1
          to 6.2 or something like that. If memory serves me correctly it was
          because of a patch they were required to make because they had
          someone else's code in theirs or something in that vain.

          Yes I'm off on some of the details however, back then I thought it was
          strange they charged for the upgrade; however it was a cost of doing
          business. $5.00 back then is possibly more than $10 today.

          You're spouting platitudes, there isn't any MS nor Apple tax. You're
          wasting too much cranial time on a $10 upgrade. Worry about
          something important in your life, your family. We'll blow $10.0 on a
          few gallons of gas and a few beers having nothing to show for it; D'uh
          BubbaJones_
  • I'd pay in a heartbeat.

    if you're thinking about buying a computer
    before the release date, then either wait or
    pay $10 bucks. That is not a big deal and
    everyone talking about "apple tax" really have
    no clue.

    I still haven't heard what windows 7 is going
    to cost, but my guess is that it is not going
    to be a free/ upgrade and apple charges $129.00
    for the full version so lets see if windows 7
    is comparable... my guess is it will not be and
    everyone that is complaining will all of a
    sudden shut up...

    10 bucks is nothing when your spending
    thousands on equipment. that is very reasonable
    for handling, packaging etc.
    paulcampagna.com
    • paulcampagna.com

      "I still haven't heard what windows 7 is going
      to cost, but my guess is that it is not going
      to be a free/ upgrade and apple charges $129.00
      for the full version so lets see if windows 7
      is comparable... my guess is it will not be and
      everyone that is complaining will all of a
      sudden shut up..."

      No they won't. people such as Non-Zealot are hypocrites and will never admit they are wrong and don't ever shut up.
      Axsimulate
  • RE: Apple details Mac OS X Snow Leopard Up-to-Date program

    RicD_ please send me $10, heck everyone send me $10. you won't miss it.
    altrenda