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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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.

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.

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..

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.

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.

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.

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.

Buy a new computer soon with Vista and MS gives you Windows 7 upgrade for free... So in that sense they do better. (referring to your comment)

It is up to the OEM to pay Microsoft for the upgrade fee. Most do. But Microsoft doesn't give anything away for free. If HP, for example, doesn't include a coupon for Windows 7, HP won't sell as many machines before release. It's in their financial interest to pay Microsoft. Apple is the one and only manufacturer of OS X running machines (legally), so they can do whatever they want

see http://www.neowin.net/news/software/09/06/...etails-revealed

Actually they should give us Win7 as a free upgrade if you have Vista, together with a letter apologizing for selling you an unfinished worst than any Win7 Beta System....but microsoft is on the right way this time, after so many years they are finally trying to do best, and apple is doing its part by bulling them either way consumers get better products, don't they?

phrea said,
Buy a new computer soon with Vista and MS gives you Windows 7 upgrade for free... So in that sense they do better. (referring to your comment)


Yea i was gonna say that you get the Win7 upgrade for free with Microsoft! Sure it's through the PC makers, but we don't care!

So you have a $3000 Apple Computer that you just bought this year. Snow Leopard is coming out and you want a cheaper upgrade for less than $29. So, here is our amazing offer. Buy a second $3000 computer and get $20 off the upgrade.

Apple must be ****ing joking.

Titoist said,
So you have a $3000 Apple Computer that you just bought this year. Snow Leopard is coming out and you want a cheaper upgrade for less than $29. So, here is our amazing offer. Buy a second $3000 computer and get $20 off the upgrade.

Apple must be ****ing joking.

Apple isn't tell you to buy a new one to avoid the upgrade fee. this is similar to Microsoft offering upgrades to people who buy computers in the months leading up to new Windows releases.

Marshalus said,
Something tells me if you paid $3000 for a system, $29 isn't really going to break the bank.

Precisely. $29 is a fantastic offer. $9.95 is in the range of 'stupidly low'. Great move by Apple.

Titoist said,
So you have a $3000 Apple Computer that you just bought this year. Snow Leopard is coming out and you want a cheaper upgrade for less than $29. So, here is our amazing offer. Buy a second $3000 computer and get $20 off the upgrade.

Apple must be ****ing joking.

Why in the world would you buy a 2nd computer to get this offer? Get real, your comment is one of the stupidest I've ever read in my life.

Or YOU must be ****ing joking.

Man... I can't believe they are proposing Snow Leopard at such a low price, and people are STILL complaining. What do you expect, everything free maybe?

PsykX said,

Why in the world would you buy a 2nd computer to get this offer? Get real, your comment is one of the stupidest I've ever read in my life.

Or YOU must be ****ing joking.

Man... I can't believe they are proposing Snow Leopard at such a low price, and people are STILL complaining. What do you expect, everything free maybe?

He is talking about that any computer bought it that does not have Nvidia 9400 chipset, does work with OpenCL and Quicktime X H.264 hardware accelerated.

I was actually talking about Microsoft offering such upgrades with new computer purchases for FREE! The fact that Apple is charging ANYTHING for an upgrade is an insult despite the low cost.

What? you are saying if I buy a machine with Vista on, when Windows 7 comes out in a few months time, Microsoft will give me windows 7 for FREE??

evo_spook said,
What? you are saying if I buy a machine with Vista on, when Windows 7 comes out in a few months time, Microsoft will give me windows 7 for FREE??

I think that any computer sold after July 1 will be eligible to get a free Windows 7 Upgrade.

mrp04 said,
I think that any computer sold after July 1 will be eligible to get a free Windows 7 Upgrade.

I don't think so. I think it's at the OEM's discretion.

PureLegend said,
I don't think so. I think it's at the OEM's discretion.


Rumors were flying about it coming straight from Redmond, but the only official info is that some vendors will offer it. I guess we'll see at the end of the month. Woo.

PureLegend said,
I don't think so. I think it's at the OEM's discretion.

It is, although it's a Microsoft sanctioned program, so OEM's don't really have much reason not to. It moves units off of the shelves, since people don't worry about waiting.

It's a normal thing. It was done for ME -> XP, and for XP -> Vista.

I know Best Buy is doing it this year, it was on that leaked memo. I imagine that Dell and the others are doing it as well.