Apple offers Snow Leopard upgrades for $9.95

Want to buy a new Apple system but thinking about holding off until Snow Leopard is released in September? Apple is now offering an "Up-to-Date Program" to give you Snow Leopard for only $9.95.

You must purchase a qualifying computer or Xserve between June 8 and December 26, 2009, that does not include Mac OS X Snow Leopard, and complete the order form and return it to Apple within 90 days of the date of your purchase or by December 26, 2009, whichever is earlier. The $9.95 includes shipping and handing fee, but does not cover tax for U.S. customers. This offer is good only in the United States and Canada. Likewise, the products must be purchased from Apple or an Apple Authorized Reseller located in the United States or Canada, or the Apple Online store.

Qualifying computers include most systems being currently sold by Apple, including their iMac, Mac mini, Mac Pro, MacBook, MacBook Pro and MacBook Air lines, although you should be sure to check the specific model number before purchasing just to make sure.

Once Apple receives the completed order form, the upgrades from inventory in stock will be shipped within 24 hours via U.S. mail (U.S. postal delivery typically takes 3 to 7 working days). Canadian orders may require additional delivery time due to customs processing.

If you want to upgrade to Snow Leopard on a system that does not qualify for this upgrade program, your cost will be $29.

Download: Snow Leopard Upgrade Order Form (PDF)

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hotdog963al said,
Microsoft give free copies of 7 to vista users? That's new to me.

OEMs cover the price on new purchases, but these morons seem to have missed that point.

Please, do tell, does MS give you a free copy if you purchased a store copy of Vista a month before 7's release?

MS has no tie to the resellers AT ALL, so stop acting like MS is giving anything away for free. (that's to the above people, not you hotdog. :))

Marshalus said,
And Windows Vista to Windows 7 isn't?

Would be nice if Vista was as finished/polished as Leopard was, now wouldn't it?

Binary said,
Please, do tell, does MS give you a free copy if you purchased a store copy of Vista a month before 7's release?

Yes, yes they do. You do have to pay for shipping though, which was around AU$15 when Vista launched.

Go back into your hole now.

mrmckeb said,
Yes, yes they do. You do have to pay for shipping though, which was around AU$15 when Vista launched.

Go back into your hole now.


Really?

I call BS.

I didn't say buy a PC with Vista installed (that's the OEM covering the cost), I said buy Vista, as in the boxed retail version.

In any case, if they did, the cost is pretty much the same, shipping and media. So the MS fanboys can STFU.

Binary said,
I didn't say buy a PC with Vista installed (that's the OEM covering the cost), I said buy Vista, as in the boxed retail version.

So you're comparing apples to oranges, literally.

If you buy a retail copy of Leopard, Apple isn't going to give you a free upgrade to Snow Leopard. It only applies to new computers.

Same with Vista. Nobody will give you a free copy of 7 if you just bought retail Vista, you have to get it on a PC.

I'm amazed at how Apple doesn't get hammered for non competitive practices. But MS..oh geeee, you can ship your browser with your OS.

buy a new mac and get a reduced version of snow leopard for a low price..hell, if I paid for a new mac, I hardly think I'd have the money for that.

Oh good lord.

You have got to be the biggest bunch of frikken whiners on earth.


Honestly. If someone was THAT worried about saving $20, they would wait until september to buy their Mac.

The $9.99 is for people who can't wait until then, and it's the cost of the media and shipping. Big F'n whoop.

Get. Real. People.

3rd impact said,
i'd buy it but i'm not sure if it can run on my iMac G4? can somebody help me with this?

Snow Leopard will not run on a PPC Mac. So no, it wont.

I love all this bashing for an OS update. Its odd that people are commenting that its bad practise to charge for an OS update thats taking it to the next level yet....

Why is no one whinging about having to pay for game updates or extras... Halo I believe has new content packs that you have to pay for, additional features such as maps you pay for so whats the difference between paying for a game expansion set and an OS expansion set, after all they are both software..

I'm amazed at the amount of people complaining at everything these days.

$9.95 is a ridiculously low price. Couple in the amount that most systems cost in the first place then that makes the cost more of a token gesture.

OpenCL, Grand Central, Exchange support, better 64-bit support, numerous tweaks, huge speed improvements... it is more than a service pack, although only a bit more. Which is why it costs $29, or $9.99 if you buy a Mac today.

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