To upgrade from OS X 10.5.8, you must first buy Snow Leopard.
Elsewhere: call the phone number in the Apple Online Store
Apple's price is $19.99 or £14.00 or 18,00 €. It is not available to download from any legitimate source (institutional / corporate deployments excepted).
Make sure your system meets Snow Leopard's requirements:
Mac OS X 10.6 "Snow Leopard" System Requirements
To install Snow Leopard for the first time, you must have a Mac with:
- An Intel processor
- An internal or external DVD drive, or DVD or CD Sharing
- At least 1 GB of memory (RAM) (additional RAM is recommended)
- A built-in display or a display connected to an Apple-supplied video card supported by your computer
- At least 5 GB of disk space available, or 7 GB of disk space if you install the developer tools
After you install Snow Leopard you can decide if you want to upgrade OS X to the latest version, Mavericks. Mavericks is available in the Mac App Store, which is available to you after upgrading to Snow Leopard.
Make sure your system meets the requirements for Mavericks:
Mac OS X 10.9 "Mavericks" System Requirements
To install Mavericks, you need one of these Macs:
- iMac (Mid 2007 or newer)
- MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer)
- MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer)
- MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer)
- Mac mini (Early 2009 or newer)
- Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer)
- Xserve (Early 2009)
Your Mac needs:
- Mac OS X 10.6.8 "Snow Leopard" or later already installed
- 2 GB or more of memory (RAM)
- 8 GB or more of available hard disk space
If your system does not support Mavericks' requirements, you may be able to upgrade to Lion.
To do that you must phone Apple to order a download code. Redeem the download code in the App Store to download Lion.
Make sure your system meets the requirements for Lion:
Mac OS X 10.7 "Lion" System Requirements
- Mac with an Intel Core 2 Duo, Core i3, Core i5, Core i7, or Xeon CPU
- Core Duo CPUs are not sufficient for Lion
- 2GB of memory (RAM)
- Mac OS X 10.6.8 "Snow Leopard" already installed (update any 10.6.x version to 10.6.8)
To determine which Mac you have, what kind of CPU it uses, and how much memory is installed:
> About This Mac
So here's what I do NOT understand:
In the keynote we where told it's avaliable for free on all supportet Mac, that includes 2007 iMac which shipped (in my sisters case) with, guess ... right, Leopard (10.5).
Now, WHY she's forced to buy a new OS first to upgrade to an OS that we where told it's FREE!?
That's some kind of ... you know... so how can I get it for FREE as they promised??? Otherways they should'nt say it's free for this Model becaouse they'd know 2007s iMac shipped with 10.5!?
I agree. The reason I bought a mac was so that it would last me a long time and I would consequently save money. I was quite happy with leopard despite it running a bit slower and a few programs not being supported.
Now they hold me to ransom by not allowing my iPhone to sync with itunes, and I will have to pay to upgrade from leopard to snow leopard (via a DVD in the post) to use it for all of 1 minute until I can download mavericks from the app store.
You can still sync your iPhone with iTunes, the only thing you have to do is make sure your version of iTunes is compatible with 10.5. Look at iTunes Version history:
Granted certain iOSes won't work with 10.5.8, and certain Apps won't work with the older iOS, but that's the limitation of having an older operating system. It is not like older Apps don't exist to do what you need. And if they don't and you run into an App that needs a newer iOS, contact its developer requesting they make available the older version of their App to be able to use on your system. App developers that are worth their salt keep all versions available.
Sheesh, what a crybaby! You can stay where you are and your computer still works.
If you want to upgrade easily, the Snow leopard route is the way to go.
It's ridiculous that you feel entitled to free upgrades, no matter how long you have been sitting on your os.
I am HAPPY to pay for this continued software support, and am EXTRA happy if it happens to be free.
In my opinion, to complain and/or whine because you feel like you aren't getting something you deserve for FREE is an embarrasement to you and all right thinking computer users.