Apple Gives $29 Snow Leopard Upgrade Away for Free to Some
By Sarah Jacobsson Purewal
PCWorldApr 19, 2012 4:05 am PDT
If you still haven’t upgraded to Snow Leopard, and you paid for Apple’s cloud-based MobileMe service back when it still cost money, you can now snag the OS X upgrade for free.
Macgasm reports that Apple has been sending out emails to MobileMe users who have yet to upgrade to the three-year-old OS X update. The reason for this offer–Apple’s MobileMe service will end on June 30, 2012, and Mac users will need the latest version of Mac OS X (Lion) to take advantage of Apple’s new iCloud. The upgrade to Lion will still cost users $29, but they can now get the formerly-$29 upgrade to Snow Leopard for free.
Snow Leopard originally debuted in June 2009, so it’s actually three-year-old OS, and users who are still running Leopard are two iterations behind.
MobileMe users can request a DVD copy of Snow Leopard from Apple, as long as they do so by June 15, 2012. The Snow Leopard upgrade still appears as a $29 download on the Mac App Store, and there’s no word if Apple will eventually be offering the older OS for free to everyone, or just to (formerly) paying MobileMe users.