Macgasm notes that Apple has started to notify some MobileMe users of a new upgrade program offering a free copy of Mac OS X Snow Leopard. This offer is being offered to provide users of Macs running older versions of Mac OS X the opportunity to upgrade to OS X Lion. In addition, this reduces cost of upgrading to OS X Lion, which is required to take full advantage of the features of iCloud.
In an article sent to MobileMe customers, Apple has recommended that potential customers get in touch with Apple to receive a free DVD of Snow Leopard so that users can upgrade to Lion, and move to iCloud. All you have to do is follow this link, log in to MobileMe with your Mobile Me account, and fill out your mailing information. Apple will then send you a Snow Leopard DVD for free.
Since OS X Lion is only available via the Mac App Store, users need to have Mac OS X Snow Leopard installed on their Macs. This allows users to access the store. Since MobileMe will be discontinued in favor of iCloud as of June 30th, Apple is encouraging MobileMe users to move their accounts to iCloud. Once again, it just goes to show how much Apple cares about its customers. I don’t know of any other company that would offer an entire OS for free so that users can use one of their products.
Mac OS X Snow Leopard is still available via the Apple online store for $29 for users wishing to purchase it.
Apple has issued a supplemental update for users running Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.8 on their Macs.
This is the first update by Apple for Snow Leapord post Mac OS X Lion release. The last update was almost a month back with notable features like enhancements to the Mac App Store and built-in protection against known variants of Mac Defender malware, and had updates to make transition to Lion easier.
This Supplemental 10.19 MB update delivers a handful of final fixes for the previous-generation operating system.
The Mac OS X 10.6.8 Supplemental Update is recommended for all users running Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.8 and resolves issues with:
– Transferring personal data, settings, and compatible applicationsfrom a Mac running Mac OS X Snow Leopard to a new Mac running Mac OS X Lion
Certain network printers that pause print jobs immediately and fail to complete
System audio that stops working when using HDMI or optical audio out
A similar 10.23MB update was released for Snow Leopard Server.
The supplemental and combo updates for Snow Leopard are all available on Apple’s website, or directly through Software Update. Direct links to update below :
– Mac OS X 10.6.8 Supplemental Update (10.19 MB) – for users already on Mac OS X 10.6.8
– Mac OS X 10.6.8 Update v.1.1 (453.55 MB) – delta release for users who have yet to update to Mac OS X 10.6.8
– Mac OS X 10.6.8 Update Combo v1.1 (1.09 GB) – combo release for users who have yet to update to Mac OS X 10.6.8
– Mac OS X 10.6.8 Server Supplemental Update (10.23 MB) – for users already on Mac OS X Server 10.6.8
– Mac OS X Server v10.6.8 Update v1.1 (518.28 MB) – delta release for users who have yet to update to Mac OS X Server 10.6.8
– Mac OS X Server v10.6.8 Update Combo v1.1 (1.18 GB) – combo release for users who have yet to update to Mac OS X Server 10.6.8
-links via MacRumours
Apple’s Mac OS X 10.7, codenamed “Lion”, is officially released and is available for purchase at the Mac App Store for $29.99. Apple showcased the new version of OS X at WWDC 2011 in San Fransisco, last month.
OS X Lion has over more than 250 new features, which include the new multi-touch gestures, full screen apps, Air Drop, and new security features such as hard drive encryption. The OS X Lion will be a 4GB download. Alternatively, users can head to their local Apple Retail Store to download Lion. Later in August, Lion will be made available on a USB thumb drive through Apple Store for $69.
Additional new features in Lion include:
- Resume, which conveniently brings your apps back exactly how you left them when you restart your Mac or quit and relaunch an app;
- Auto Save, which automatically and continuously saves your documents as you work;
- Versions, which automatically records the history of your document as you create it, and gives you an easy way to browse, revert and even copy and paste from previous versions; and
- AirDrop, which finds nearby Macs and automatically sets up a peer-to-peer wireless connection to make transferring files quick and easy.
Before you upgrade, please keep in mind the following configuration to run Lion –
- Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo, Core i3, Core i5, Core i7, or Xeon processor to run Lion and not anything lower than this.
- RAM: A minimum of 2GB RAM
- HDD Space: At least 4GB of additional disk space is a must.
If you have purchased your Mac in 2006 or later, then you’re good to go.
In order to upgrade to OS X Lion, make sure that you have Snow Leopard 10.6 or higher version running. You also need to have the Mac App Store app installed in order to take advantage of the built-in App Store. In case you are running Snow Leopard 10.5 or anything less, then you must consider upgrading it to a higher version first (Snow Leopard is available for $29 at the Apple Store).
Also, please make sure that any third-party applications installed on your Mac system, are upgraded to their latest version. Third-party applications may not be compatible with the new version and will require an upgrade.