Apple has confirmed that Snow Leopard users are eligible for a $30 upgrade to Lion when the OS becomes available next month. Some customers, however, will be able to upgrade for free, Apple has confirmed.
There is still a bit of confusion regarding who is eligible for a $30 upgrade to Lion.
Basically, the requirements are a supported (Intel) Mac and Snow Leopard with the Mac App Store installed.
Users running Leopard, for example, need to go through Snow Leopard first, then install Lion.
Some think this spells unnecessary hassle. Others believe Apple is trying to milk Lion for all it can.
In the end, many agree it’s still easier (and cheaper) to upgrade Leopard to Lion than it is to upgrade a Windows installation. For some, however, there will even be free upgrades!
Apple has confirmed that all new Mac purchases on or after June 6 are eligible for a free download of Mac OS X 10.7 Lion.
Here’s Apple’s official word on this: “The Mac OS X Lion Up-To-Date upgrade is available at no additional charge via the Mac App Store to all customers who purchased a qualifying new Mac system from Apple or an Apple Authorized Reseller on or after June 6, 2011,”
the company states.
“Users must request their Up-To-Date upgrade within 30 days of purchase of their Mac computer. Customers who purchase a qualifying Mac between June 6, 2011 and the date when Lion is available in the Mac App Store will have 30 days from Lion’s official release date to make a request,”
the Cupertino, California based company says.
The exact launch date of OS X Lion has not been confirmed yet.
Apple said Lion would be released in the July timeframe as an exclusive Mac App Store download, but users can provide Apple with an email address right here
and have the Cupertino tech giant notify them when Lion ships.