10 Replies Latest reply: Jun 25, 2012 2:23 PM by MlchaelLAX
dmf9483 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Hi

 

I've recently acquired an iMac and wanted to upgrade to Lion, however I believe I need to upgrade from Leopard to Snow Leopard first - which could prove to end up costing a fortune!

 

I've read recently that Apple are offering the upgrade to Snow Leopard free of charge for MobileMe users, however when I've followed a link to fill in a request form, this just takes me to the Find My Phone feature on iCloud.

 

Does anyone know if this free upgrade is still available, and if so how can I go about getting it?

 

Thanks


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  • BGreg Level 6 Level 6 (17,500 points)

     

    I've recently acquired an iMac and wanted to upgrade to Lion, however I believe I need to upgrade from Leopard to Snow Leopard first - which could prove to end up costing a fortune!

     

     

    Snow Leopard costs $29 and Lion costs $30 ... however, see this article.

     

    Also, while the Lion minimum memory is 2GB, many have found poor performance at 2GB, which was fixed by upgrading to at least 4GB.  In addition, you probably know that Lion no longer supports running PowerPC code in emulation mode, so programs like Office 2004 will no longer work under Lion. You can set up a dual boot system, with Snow Leopard on one partition and Lion on another, if you need to run any PowerPC programs. 

  • MlchaelLAX Level 4 Level 4 (1,960 points)

    dmf9483 wrote:

     

    Hi

     

    I've recently acquired an iMac and wanted to upgrade to Lion, however I believe I need to upgrade from Leopard to Snow Leopard first - which could prove to end up costing a fortune!

     

    I've read recently that Apple are offering the upgrade to Snow Leopard free of charge for MobileMe users, however when I've followed a link to fill in a request form, this just takes me to the Find My Phone feature on iCloud.

     

    Does anyone know if this free upgrade is still available, and if so how can I go about getting it?

     

    Thanks

    I recently received the free Snow Leopard Install DVD by logging on to MobileMe.  However, I am dragging my feet until the end of the month to upgrade to iCloud.

     

    It sounds like you already upgraded to iCloud.  Since it requires Lion to upgrade to Lion (or your claim that you already have Lion to upgrade to iCloud), there would be no reason for Apple to offer you the free SL DVD.  It is only for MobileMe subscribers who want to go from Tiger-Leopard to Lion and save the $29 SL fee.

     

    However, once you get to Lion, if you have any PowerPC applications that require Rosetta, they will not run in Lion.  You will have some options, but they all require Snow Leopard, so the purchase would not be in vain.

     

    Do you have any continuing PowerPC applications?

  • dmf9483 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi BGreg

     

    I don't think I have any PowerPC apps, so should be OK on that count... the article was interesting, but I'll be honest, I'm a real novice at all this stuff, and it all sounds a little scary!

     

    I think I have a back up thingy on the mac which is mentioned in the article; Time Machine. That said, I've had this mac for 3 days and aren't really sure how to use it!!

  • dmf9483 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi MIchaelLAX

     

    I do have an iCloud account that I can use on my iPad and iPhone, but I can't use it on the Mac, which is why I was trying to request the upgrade.


    I'm new to the Mac, having only had it for 3 days, but do rely quite heavily on iCloud as I use the iPhone & iPad for work so to keep my calendars, etc in sync it's really handy.

     

    I could manually update the Mac each day, which isn't the end of the world, but a little bit of a pain!

     

    Thanks

  • MlchaelLAX Level 4 Level 4 (1,960 points)

    Then why do you say it will cost a fortune to upgrade from Leopard to Lion?  As noted before, Snow Leopard $29 from Apple store (free shipping) and then you use the App Store to buy Lion for $30:

     

    http://store.apple.com/us/product/MC573Z/A

     

    Which model iMac is it?  Go to the Apple Menu to About this Mac, click on More Info and tell us about your iMac.

  • dmf9483 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    OK, perhaps that was an exaggeration saying it will cost me a small fortune. Just seemed a bit silly spending money to upgrade and then upgrade again, if there is a more cost effective way to do it, but perhaps that's just me.

     

    I've cut and paste the Mac info below; as I said, I'm really useless with techy stuff like this, so this really means very little to me.

     

    I'm still getting used to going to the top left of the screen to close down a window rather than top right!

     

    Model Name:          iMac

      Model Identifier:          iMac9,1

      Processor Name:          Intel Core 2 Duo

      Processor Speed:          2.66 GHz

      Number Of Processors:          1

      Total Number Of Cores:          2

      L2 Cache:          6 MB

      Memory:          4 GB

      Bus Speed:          1.07 GHz

      Boot ROM Version:          IM91.008D.B08

      SMC Version (system):          1.37f3

      Serial Number (system):          YM9071300TG

      Hardware UUID:          870DFDFA-B6D3-50FF-80D1-E4964C1EBC98

  • MlchaelLAX Level 4 Level 4 (1,960 points)

    Looks like this is your iMac with either a 20" or 24" screen:

     

    http://www.everymac.com/systems/apple/imac/specs/imac-core-2-duo-2.66-20-inch-al uminum-early-2009-specs.html

     

    or

     

    http://www.everymac.com/systems/apple/imac/specs/imac-core-2-duo-2.66-24-inch-al uminum-early-2009-specs.html

     

    By saying "cost a small fortune" we interpreted this as meaning that you would have to spend monies to upgrade PPC applications, but your answer to BGreg corrected that misinterpretation.

     

    Yes, this iMac can easily be upgraded to Lion at a total cost of $59.  I do not see any way for you to avoid this cost to upgrade; since you have already upgraded MobileMe to iCloud.

     

    How did you get iCloud without Lion? And did you previously have a MobileMe account?

  • BGreg Level 6 Level 6 (17,500 points)

    Since you're new to mac systems, and you want to upgrade to Lion, you should plan to follow the Apple path, which is upgrade to Snow Leopard then upgrade to Lion.  Start with buying the Snow Leopard retail disk. See Kappy's post on steps to upgrade from 10.5 to 10.6.

  • evafromsan antonio Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Pardon me, for getting into the middle of this post, but how long did it take for them to send you the DVD to upgrade to Snow Leopard?  I just found the free link, so I logged in to get it.

  • MlchaelLAX Level 4 Level 4 (1,960 points)

    Took me about 1 week to receive the DVD...