The Misleading Mac OS X Update

The Misleading Mac OS X Update

Range Govindan
Mar 28, 2011

If you purchased an Apple computer in the last few years and you're wondering how you can access the Mac App Store with all of its features, then here's a handy guide how you can bring your computer up to date. Apple offers a variety of different licenses to get the latest version of Snow Leopard, but the website can be misleading. Here you'll find the facts you need to know.

For some reason, the Apple website is somewhat misleading when it comes to what you actually need to get to upgrade your Mac to the latest version of Snow Leopard. You need the latest version in order to upgrade to OS X 10.6.6 which allows you to use the Mac App Store. Without this upgrade, you can't access the Mac App Store. The latest update is the OS X 10.6.7.

For Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Users If you're running this version, then you've got the latest version of Snow Leopard. Look forward to this summer, when OS X Lion will be released. You'll probably have to pay a nominal fee of $29 to upgrade to that version. Just make sure you click the "Check for Software Updates" button that you'll find in the drop down menu of the Apple icon on the top left side of your screen.

For Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard Users If you've got this version of OS X, you can't update to the latest version of OS X by using the update feature. You've got to purchase the Snow Leopard upgrade pack, which you can find here for $29.

For Mac OS X Tiger Apple states on their website that in order to upgrade to Snow Leopard, you need to purchase the Mac Box Set, which costs $129 and comes with iLife and iWork. That's actually not true. If you've got this version of OS X, then you can just get the same version as OS X 10.5 Leopard users by clicking here. It costs $29.

The big thing is for OS X Tiger users. Both Apple customer service and the Apple website say that you need the Mac Box Set to upgrade to Snow Leopard, which isn't true. So if you've got up out of date Mac, update it with the right software and you'll save some money.

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