HT1338: OS X: Updating OS X and Mac App Store appsLearn about OS X: Updating OS X and Mac App Store apps
HT1338 I need to update but I haven't since forever, I still have osx 10.5.8... yeah, should have updated earlier. how do i go updating now?
Currently Being ModeratedHT1338 Re: I need to update but I haven't since forever, I still have osx 10.5.8... yeah, should have updated earlier. how do i go updating now?Sep 23, 2012 8:21 PM (in response to ErikLervold)
The next release is OS X 10.6 which has to be purchased, it is not available through Software Update. The way to obtain it is to call you country Apple online store, which in the US is 800-MY-APPLE. Order 10.6 Snow Leopard from the legacy products list. When you get it, install it, then use Software Update to bring Snow Leopard to the latest 10.6.8 release.
After that, if your system will support it, call the Apple online store again, and purchase a download code for Lion. Mountain Lion can only be purchased from the App store. Once you install Snow Leopard, you can upgrade directly to Mountain Lion, if your system will support it.
If you do upgrade to Lion, one gotcha to be aware of is that support to run PowerPC programs was dropped in Lion. Many discovered this when their Office 2004 programs wouldn't run. Also, the Lion minimum memory is 2GB, however, many have found that they need 4GB for reasonable performance.