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If like me you bought a Mac (macbook/mini/imac) on or after 1st October, you can ugrade to Leopard for £6 from apple's website (RRP £85):

Customers who purchase a qualifying new Macintosh computer on or after October 1st, 2007, that does have not Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard included can upgrade to Leopard at a cost of £5.95 (UK) / 8.95 (Ireland).

If you purchased your system directly from the Apple Online Store, follow one of these links to participate in the programme. Subject to Terms and Conditions.
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#1
Isn’t this a very small grace period as these things go? Microsoft tend to offer about a 3 month period for giving out free upgrades although judging by the response to Vista I’m not sure how necessary it currently is. :whistling:
#2
Agharta
Isn’t this a very small grace period as these things go? Microsoft tend to offer about a 3 month period for giving out free upgrades although judging by the response to Vista I’m not sure how necessary it currently is. :whistling:


Microsoft need to do that to maintain their monopoly on PC's (i.e. they NEED everyone to think PC = Windows = PC, which is not the case but most people think it is) and artificially boost their sales figures, Apple don't need to do that as OSX will only run on Apple hardware, if you will pardon the pun you are not comparing Apples to Apples you're comparing Apples and Pears. Besides it is not the software revisions that are important to Apple it is the hardware revisions, they made a much bigger fuss about the new iMac in the first few weeks than Leopard will ever get. You cannot apply the same upgrade rules to Apples either, you see a Mac running Panther (two versions ago) or Tiger (last version) will still work fine and do everything you want it to do including running all the latest software etc., Apple make no claims about essential upgrades and do not try to force people to buy the new OS by making new incompatible with old as Microsoft do with Windows.
#3
megalomaniac
You cannot apply the same upgrade rules to Apples either, you see a Mac running Panther (two versions ago) or Tiger (last version) will still work fine and do everything you want it to do including running all the latest software etc., Apple make no claims about essential upgrades and do not try to force people to buy the new OS by making new incompatible with old as Microsoft do with Windows.
If you really want to go down that road I think you’re on to a loser as Apple seem to change their whole hardware platform every so often which completely breaks any upgrade path, but that’s not what this discussion is about. You can’t even install the operating system on the hardware so I guess you could say there is no issue with regard to applications being incompatible. :giggle:
#4
From the apple website..

"Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard and its 300-plus new features and innovations are coming Oct. 26, 2007.

If you buy a qualifying Mac between October 1, 2007 and December 29, 2007, and it does not include Mac OS X Leopard, you're eligible to get Leopard after it's released for just £5.95."

So looks like you have till the end of the year to get the upgrade... :santa:
#5
lio
If you buy a qualifying Mac between October 1, 2007 and December 29, 2007, and it does not include Mac OS X Leopard, you're eligible to get Leopard after it's released for just £5.95."
That sounds disingenuous as don’t Apple have a monopoly on supply of their hardware and surely they’ll install Leopard on all their new hardware come the end of October!

On the surface it sounds like they are being as generous as MS with regard upgrades when they really aren’t. Bad apple. :pirate:
#6
megalomaniac
Microsoft need to do that to maintain their monopoly on PC's (i.e. they NEED everyone to think PC = Windows = PC, which is not the case but most people think it is) and artificially boost their sales figures, Apple don't need to do that as OSX will only run on Apple hardware.
Regardless of the validity of your other points in this case I feel Apple are being very ungenerous. One reason that it’s good to offer a good time window for free upgrades is to make sure that your customers aren’t left with a quandary when it comes to buying a computer. If you know there’s a new OS version due soon but really want to buy now it’s frustrating to either have to wait for an uncertain time period or take a £85 hit in a month’s time. That would bug me as an Apple purchaser.

megalomaniac
Besides it is not the software revisions that are important to Apple it is the hardware revisions, they made a much bigger fuss about the new iMac in the first few weeks than Leopard will ever get.
Trust me, when you release an O/S upgrade every 12 to 18 months that you sell for £85 it certainly is important. New versions of the hardware are usually incremental and not ‘logically’ worth upgrading to for most, but the O/S update is more appealing. Do Apple release sales or revenue figures for O/S versions?

P.S I’m not bashing Apple, just this particular policy.
#7
SmilingCrow
If you really want to go down that road I think you’re on to a loser as Apple seem to change their whole hardware platform every so often which completely breaks any upgrade path, but that’s not what this discussion is about. You can’t even install the operating system on the hardware so I guess you could say there is no issue with regard to applications being incompatible. :giggle:


Actually you are completely and utterly wrong there Leopard will run on anything right back to a Power Mac G4, that is 1999 hardware and the only reason it wont run on anything older is that the hardware simply isn't powerful enough........you just try getting Vista to run on a 1999 PC.
#8
Agharta
That sounds disingenuous as don’t Apple have a monopoly on supply of their hardware and surely they’ll install Leopard on all their new hardware come the end of October!

On the surface it sounds like they are being as generous as MS with regard upgrades when they really aren’t. Bad apple. :pirate:


I'm sure it will come with leopard direct from Apple, but you can also buy them (Macs) from PC World, John Lewis, Currys Digital etc. etc. until those sorts of places sell off their old stock there will be plenty of systems out that don't come with Leopard, this offer is for those people. Ok I'll agree it probably should be free, but in reality at £5.95 that is about the cost of postage and packaging so it's pretty damn close to free.
#9
So then, to get all of the features and enhancements that Leopard offers on my Power Mac, it is going to cost me £85 and that will run on my G4 system quite happilly.

Just remind me again, how much is Vista Ultimate??? Oh and the additional RAM, Graphics card, CPU I would need too???

Sounds a pretty good damn deal to me! Can't wait.
#10
Please let’s not turn this into yet another rehash of Apple v MS. I simply think this is a very poor deal for the people that bought a Mac 3 or more weeks ago when compared to what MS offer with regard free updates.

For the record: I would like OSX, have no interest in Vista, only upgraded from Windows 2000 to XP because hardware and software manufactures stopped providing driver and application support.
I don’t have a Mac because I like MIDI tower cases for expandability and the only Macs with that form factor start at £1,700 and the last time I looked I’d be paying over £1800 for a 2GHz four core system with the same spec as my PC which cost about £1100 less and has a 2.4GHz quad core CPU which happily runs silently at 3GHz.

I just don’t understand why Apple doesn’t release a mini tower at a reasonable price so that people like me can get on board. Any ideas? :thinking:

megalomaniac
I'm sure it will come with leopard direct from Apple, but you can also buy them (Macs) from PC World, John Lewis, Currys Digital etc. etc. until those sorts of places sell off their old stock there will be plenty of systems out that don't come with Leopard, this offer is for those people.
Oops, I forgot about the other outlets for Mac hardware. :w00t:
#11
damn i bought my mac in november from pc world :-(
#13
Agharta
Please let’s not turn this into yet another rehash of Apple v MS. I simply think this is a very poor deal for the people that bought a Mac 3 or more weeks ago when compared to what MS offer with regard free updates.

For the record: I would like OSX, have no interest in Vista, only upgraded from Windows 2000 to XP because hardware and software manufactures stopped providing driver and application support.
I don’t have a Mac because I like MIDI tower cases for expandability and the only Macs with that form factor start at £1,700 and the last time I looked I’d be paying over £1800 for a 2GHz four core system with the same spec as my PC which cost about £1100 less and has a 2.4GHz quad core CPU which happily runs silently at 3GHz.

I just don’t understand why Apple doesn’t release a mini tower at a reasonable price so that people like me can get on board. Any ideas? :thinking:

Oops, I forgot about the other outlets for Mac hardware. :w00t:


Well said.

I think the problem you have is that you are not the market they are aiming for, part of the reason that OSX performs so much better than Windows is that the hardware is a known target there's no chopping and changing of hardware like you get with PC's you buy the hardware as is and have limited upgrade options. Personally I'm with you on that one, my machines are PC's running Windows and Linux and I like being able to tinker. Although if I had the money for a Laptop the MacBook Pros would be top of my list, my Dad has one and they are so nice, everything just works and it is the little touches you notice most like the keyboard automatically lighting up when the room gets dark etc. Windows XP was a great OS in its day but OSX puts it to shame and has done for a while now and Microsoft have lost the plot a bit with Vista which is an awful mess of badly fitting stolen ideas, incompatibilities and DRM hell. With Linux on the desktop finally becoming a viable option to regular users through disributions like Ubuntu (new version out tomorrow) I think Microsoft could be in for a struggle over the next few years.
#14
megalomaniac
Windows XP was a great OS in its day but OSX puts it to shame and has done for a while now and Microsoft have lost the plot a bit with Vista which is an awful mess of badly fitting stolen ideas, incompatibilities and DRM hell. With Linux on the desktop finally becoming a viable option to regular users through disributions like Ubuntu (new version out tomorrow) I think Microsoft could be in for a struggle over the next few years.
I’m not convinced about Ubuntu being that friendly and I’m an ex-pro programmer. I’ll keep an eye on OSX but I don’t feel any desire to upgrade and would be happy still being on 2000 if it’s wasn’t for lack of software support. If I had the chance to experience OSX on a trial basis for a few weeks it may seem compelling but I’m still left with the high cost of the MIDI tower systems. Maybe by the time I actually need to upgrade Apple will have a system for me.
#15
Agharta
Regardless of the validity of your other points in this case I feel Apple are being very ungenerous. One reason that it’s good to offer a good time window for free upgrades is to make sure that your customers aren’t left with a quandary when it comes to buying a computer. If you know there’s a new OS version due soon but really want to buy now it’s frustrating to either have to wait for an uncertain time period or take a £85 hit in a month’s time. That would bug me as an Apple purchaser.

Trust me, when you release an O/S upgrade every 12 to 18 months that you sell for £85 it certainly is important. New versions of the hardware are usually incremental and not ‘logically’ worth upgrading to for most, but the O/S update is more appealing. Do Apple release sales or revenue figures for O/S versions?

P.S I’m not bashing Apple, just this particular policy.

I was gonna buy a mac laptop but knew of the release coming in October so i have held off buying a mac, i may not bother at all now tbh!
#16
I called Apple today and they said that any hardware purchased after the 26th October is more than likely to have Leopard included in the box but they couldn't guarantee it, but obviously you can get it for £5.95 anyway.

Hopefully it will be in my box when I order on the 26th
#17
Bought a cheap Mac Mini refurbished from apple store on 2/10/07 and just checked apple's website and it is qualified for £5.95 upgrade:) :)
#18
I bought my Mac Mini on September 28th :(

To be honest I knew Leopard was coming and needed a machine straight away. From what I've read Leopard is only an incremental upgrade and isn't worth the full £85 in my opinion.
#19
Tiger was released 2 and a half years ago so this is a Major upgrade.
#20
trench
I bought my Mac Mini on September 28th :(
Bad luck. If you were based in the USA you could probably join a class action lawsuit against Apple for their despicable behaviour, which seems to be becoming a hobby for some people.

Apple doesn’t release a Macbook in your favourite color; take them to court for the trauma they have caused you. :p
#21
Just a bump as now is the time you can actually get the offer :)
#22
diverse
I was gonna buy a mac laptop but knew of the release coming in October so i have held off buying a mac, i may not bother at all now tbh!


Diverse, if your a PC user...you will never look back if you buy a mac.

There are plenty of free programs that with windows you have to pay for!. I bought my mac over 12 months ago and love it. In fact I never bought software for my Pc becuase I thought it a ripoff in some cases, unless it came with the compputer

however with the mac, I feel like upgrading to the latest versions of software because i get more for my money!

and less grief:thumbsup:

Only downside is that I need a PC for Goldmine as my technical team dont like the idea of dual booting on my mac under windows

otherwise I would convert my other computers to Apple...

Converted..indeed, i dont crash anywhere near as often as my pc did, in fact in 12 months prob about 3 times and that was my browser

took a good couple of months to get used to, but now I love it

But I would suggest getting as much ram as you can, i'm using 1gb and it is just okay, would suggest 2gb if you can afford it!

Apple may sometimes be for the ones that like glossy trendy new gadgets but I love my mac and hopefully will never go back to a PC
#23
Money Spinning
Tiger was released 2 and a half years ago so this is a Major upgrade.

so its like a service pack then, albeit a very expensive one?
#24
matt3454
so its like a service pack then, albeit a very expensive one?


The last OS Tiger was released in spring 2005.

2 and a half years is the longest gap ever between an Apple Operating System launch - Ignore the fact it's 10.5, the numbers are irrelevent, it's a completely new operating system.
#25
I read this month’s issue of MacUser and I’m under whelmed by the changes in Leopard unless they haven’t reviewed it accurately! It does sound a worthwhile upgrade but it also sounds expensive for what it is. Maybe another review will show it in a better light. The virtual desktop sounds nice but Linux has had that for aeons.
If you buy the family pack and have 5 Macs it changes the value for money and it then seems cheap. Oops, I shouldn’t use the word cheap in relation to Macs as I might offend the brethren. :-D
#26
i got my macbook (with free nano) on 30h october.. with a copy of leopard included in the box.
but... i also was able to get one for 5.95.
sold both on eBay for £60 each
:)
#27
sexyboy
i got my macbook (with free nano) on 30h october.. with a copy of leopard included in the box.
but... i also was able to get one for 5.95.
sold both on eBay for £60 each
:)


Did they give you a full retail copy for the £5.95?
#28
No just an upgrade dvd and manual, however it is really the full DVD :)

For the record, my first Upgrade DVD was shipped by TNT and was lost (Like the government discs!). Took 2 weeks for TNT to accept that fact that they had lost it. Apple sent out another copy and it arrived the next day via UPS.

Had to laugh.
#29
Could someone paste the exact link for this offer as I can't seem to find it anywhere on the Apple website.

Thanks in advance.
1 Like #30
Heres the link:
http://www.apple.com/uk/macosx/uptodate/

You dont get the full retail version you just get a disk and a
booklet in a jiffy bag.

I purchased my mac on 28/09 but Apple didn't ship it until 05/10.
The lady I called said just to enter 05/10 in the purchase date box and
it would be honoured - it was.

The only problem I had was delivery - TNT were useless and despite
calling and re-arranging delivery to work 5 times they still had no
record of it. One lady I spoke to asked why I didn't get off my a--e
and go and fetch it from the depot myself! (45 miles each way).
I eventually got it after speaking to a supervisor who called the depot himself. When it eventually arrived the driver said it had been on his van for ages but he never drove out my way as it wasn't on his route!

Why they don't just post it I will never understand.
Getting the mac was just as troublesome via UPS - almost 4 weeks!

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