Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 4th May 2011 21:51 UTC, submitted by poundsmack
Mac OS X "With the release of Mac OS X 10.7 Lion this summer, Apple will make the switch to a new kind of digital distribution for its operating system upgrades by releasing the software first through its new Mac App Store, AppleInsider has learned. The Mac App Store, available to all users running the most recent version of Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, will become the de facto method for obtaining the Lion upgrade, people familiar with the matter have revealed. Users will be able to upgrade instantly without the need for physical media by purchasing Lion through the Mac App Store." The old-fashioned regular disc version (and hopefully, on a USB drive for Air owners such as myself) will still be available.
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kedwards
Member since:
2009-04-25

Snow leopard upgrade was offered for close to $25. It said it "Required leopard" to work, but never checked. The "full version" was also available for $130 or so. I think the only difference was the packaging. If the upgrades are only distributed via the app store in the future, the problem goes away.

I'm not sure how much they care about the piracy of the os upgrades, but that could cut down on the desire for new hardware.


Snow Leopard was never released in a "Full Version" retail disc for $130. Their retail discs only comes as an "Upgrade Version" and comes in two flavors, a single user license for $29, or a "family pack" (5 user licenses) for $49. The retail discs don't check for Leopard pre-installed.

Apple also sold Snow Leopard for $9.95 through their Up-To-Date program for customer that bought their Macs between June to December of 2009. The discs purchased though the Up-To-Date program checks to make sure Leopard is pre-installed on the computer.

I don't think Apple really cares about piracy of their OS. They are a hardware company and that is where they make most of their money.

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Yeah, I had my facts a bit skewed. I was confusing the previous full version ( Mac Leopard) with the Mac Box set. The box set included more software and was aprox 130. It wasn't an upgrade version. Legally that's what you were supposed to buy if you had anything other than leopard. That's what happens when you post on an empty stomach before lunch.

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wocowboy Member since:
2006-06-01

All the Snow Leopard discs, whether they were labeled Single-User or Family Pack, Full Version or Upgrade, were identical, they all had the full version and did not check to see if you had a previous version of MacOS installed or not, and they did not check in with Apple to see if they had been installed on one computer or 50.

Apple uses an honor system instead of the horrific anti-piracy hoops you have to jump through when using Windows, wherein if your $6 network card in your computer dies and you install a new one, Windows goes nuts and threatens to lock you out if you don't talk to a Microsoft representative over the phone and plead your case that you should not have to pay for another full version of Windows because your hardware "changed". I'm not making this up, it actually happened to me once with XP.

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biffuz Member since:
2006-03-27

Apple also sold Snow Leopard for $9.95 through their Up-To-Date program for customer that bought their Macs between June to December of 2009. The discs purchased though the Up-To-Date program checks to make sure Leopard is pre-installed on the computer.



Nope, I installed it on a new drive ;)

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kedwards Member since:
2009-04-25


Nope, I installed it on a new drive ;)


Glad to hear it doesn't require you to install 10.5 before you can install 10.6 on a new disc. I have the 10.5 up-to-date disc for my MBP that I bought in 2007 and it will not install unless I have 10.4 pre-installed.

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