11 Replies Latest reply: Nov 3, 2010 8:44 AM by k.panic
BridgetMC Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Hi,

Can anyone tell me if I can jump to Snow Leopard from my current system of OS X 10.4.11?

Meaning can i skip the whole Leopard 10.5 operating system?

I keep trying to update my iPhone and iTunes but am unable to due to my old operating system. (I think?!).

I've seen the Snow Leopard for $29, is this the one I need to buy?

Thanks for any help at all!

MacBook, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • k.panic Level 3 Level 3 (605 points)
    Your upgrade options depend more on your computer's hardware than your current OS version. Do you have an Intel processor or a PowerPC processor? You can click the apple logo (top left corner of the screen) and the top option, About This Mac, to find out. If you have Intel, you are supposed to purchase the Mac Box Set which includes Snow Leopard, iLife 11, and iWork 09. http://store.apple.com/us/product/MACBOX_ILIFE?mco=MTM4NDU0ODY

    The $29 upgrade is intended for those who already have Leopard (10.5) and theoretically have either purchased a system that came with Leopard or paid $129 to upgrade. Those with Tiger who haven't paid for Leopard need the Box Set. Plus, my guess is you're running iLife 06 or earlier (maybe 08, I shouldn't be presumptuous) and 06 and earlier don't play well with Snow Leopard.

    If you have a PowerPC processor, you cannot upgrade to Snow Leopard but depending on your processor speed/amount of memory you may be able to upgrade to Leopard which is still available by calling 1-800-MY-APPLE.
  • andyBall_uk Level 7 Level 7 (20,495 points)
    Hi

    Yes, if you've an intel mac (your macbook, say) the $29 disk will update you straight from Tiger. It doesn't include iLife at that price.
  • k.panic Level 3 Level 3 (605 points)
    Just keep in mind that buying that $29 copy violates the license agreement since you don't have Leopard.

    I'm not insinuating this does or does not matter to you, merely informing.
  • andyBall_uk Level 7 Level 7 (20,495 points)
    I see

    please could you post a link to the agreement that says that?, since I can find no mention of it on/in the packaging.

    Perhaps you refer to apple's suggested upgrade route at http://www.apple.com/macosx/specs.html and similar at the store ?

    rather than

    Single Use License. Subject to the terms and conditions of this License, unless you have purchased a Family Pack or Upgrade license for the Apple Software, you are granted a limited non-exclusive license to install, use and run one (1) copy of the Apple Software on a single Apple-branded computer at a time. You agree not to install, use or run the Apple Software on any non-Apple-branded computer, or to enable others to do so. This License does not allow the Apple Software to exist on more than one computer at a time, and you may not make the Apple Software available over a network where it could be used by multiple computers at the same time.


    which is from the agreement at http://images.apple.com/legal/sla/docs/macosx106.pdf
  • k.panic Level 3 Level 3 (605 points)
    Sure. It's talking about the Leopard Upgrade (meaning the $29 copy):

    From Apple Legal:
    C. Leopard Upgrade Licenses. If you have purchased an Upgrade for Mac OS X Leopard license, then subject to the terms and conditions of this License, you are granted a limited non-exclusive license to install, use and run one (1) copy of the Apple Software on a single Apple-branded computer as long as that computer has a properly licensed copy of Mac OS X Leopard already installed on it.


    http://images.apple.com/legal/sla/docs/macosx106.pdf

    That's the Snow Leopard EULA, I've never purchased the Box Set so I don't know if the EULA included is any different.
  • andyBall_uk Level 7 Level 7 (20,495 points)
    If you have purchased an Upgrade for Mac OS X Leopard license


    IF IF IF

    where does the store say that the $29 deal is an upgrade only license?


    wheras the eula does clearly say
    unless you have purchased a Family Pack or Upgrade license for the Apple Software, you are granted a limited non-exclusive license to install, use and run one (1) copy of the Apple Software


    Unless
  • Whitecity Level 2 Level 2 (340 points)
    That's a little opaque. There is no problem going from Tiger to SL. I don't think Apple will suggest that you shouldn't outside their very very fine print.
  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (77,225 points)
    -> Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
    *Upgrade from Mac OS X Leopard with Snow Leopard*, a simpler, more powerful, and more refined version of Mac OS X. It delivers a wide range of enhancements, next-generation technologies, out-of-the-box support for Microsoft Exchange Server, and new accessibility features. It's the world's most advanced operating system, finely tuned from installation to shutdown.

    *Snow Leopard is an upgrade for Leopard users* and requires a Mac with an Intel processor."

    Also, under -> Upgrade your experience", click -> *Find out which version you're using*

    "Snow Leopard requires an Intel-based Mac. Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard users, buy the upgrade. Mac OS X v10.4 Tiger users, buy the Mac Box Set."
  • andyBall_uk Level 7 Level 7 (20,495 points)
    There is no problem going from Tiger to SL...


    Right
  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (61,900 points)
    Just keep in mind that buying that $29 copy violates the license agreement since you don't have Leopard.


    Not so and we've been down this road many times. See http://discussions.apple.com/message.jspa?messageID=11074182 and http://discussions.apple.com/message.jspa?messageID=10923658 among others. You can install the $29 upgrade w/o buying the boxed set.
  • k.panic Level 3 Level 3 (605 points)
    Hey, I certainly don't work for Apple Legal, and I'm not trying to point fingers by any means. I'm not trying to present my moral or ethical feelings on license agreements because really, I couldn't personally care less if someone uses a $29 license to upgrade Tiger. I'm just passing along the info I was told (and told to pass along to customers) when I worked for Apple.

    Yeah, I agree, it's pretty vague in the license agreement, there's no 'unless'. I was just posting what I found, that's all. It's merely information and the end-user can make their own decisions based on what they find.