Last week, we noted that Apple had begun sending emails to at least some current MobileMe users offering them free copies of Mac OS X Snow Leopard in order to assist them with ultimately upgrading to OS X Lion in advance of MobileMe's discontinuation at the end of June. Lion is required for full compatibility with iCloud, Apple's free service that replaces many of MobileMe's features.

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Several readers who requested free copies of Mac OS X Snow Leopard have reported receiving their shipments over the past day or two, with each disc arriving with a printed copy of the software license.

The discs contain Mac OS X 10.6.3, the standard retail version of Snow Leopard. After upgrading their systems to Snow Leopard using the disc, users will have to upgrade again to Mac OS X 10.6.8 via Software Update. Once that upgrade is completed, users can access the Mac App Store and purchase OS X Lion for $29.99.

The free Snow Leopard upgrade effectively cuts in half the fee for pre-Snow Leopard users to upgrade to Lion, as they would ordinarily have to purchase Snow Leopard on disc for $29 and then Lion through the Mac App Store for $29.99. By targeting the program at existing MobileMe members who have yet to transition their accounts to iCloud, Apple hopes to encourage as many users as possible to make the move before MobileMe services are officially turned off.

(Thanks, Ben!)

Top Rated Comments

Comeagain? Avatar
121 months ago
Big bag O fail, Apple. I'm sure you can smell the desperation on each disc.

Do the right thing, Apple. Make iCloud available for Snow Leopard users. We "MobileMe holdouts" arent going anywhere.
In June you will.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
rdowns Avatar
121 months ago
Will MacRumors be covering the arrival of my cable bill? It usually arrives on the 25th of each month.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ouimetnick Avatar
121 months ago
Yo dawg. We heard you wanted iCloud, so we put an upgrade for your upgrade in an upgrade.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
KingJosh Avatar
121 months ago
Won't be long until Mountain Lion now!!!!!!! :eek::):D;):eek::apple::):D:cool:
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
kolax Avatar
121 months ago
They are doing the right thing. Apple has many reasons for wanting to get folks off old software and even old hardware.

If the issue is that you don't want to make the effort or spend the money that isn't Apple's fault. If the issue is that some software you just love love love hasn't updated, that's not Apple's fault.

Apple is now on a yearly cycle for OS X. So perhaps the next major iteration for iCloud will be for Mountain Lion only and Lion users will have to upgrade.

It isn't about the cost - it is about having a stable system that isn't broken. People who use Macs for professional purposes can't take the risk to upgrade to a new OS right away, and Lion still isn't anywhere near as stable as Snow Leopard.

Lion also changed things that will affect people's workflow for those used to Snow Leopard.

I worry that the yearly OS X cycle will end up with Apple delivering rubbish to us just to keep iterations going for marketing reasons. Why do we need a new OS X every year? I want a stable OS with less features, than an unstable OS with new features.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
3282868 Avatar
121 months ago
An upgrade for an upgrade. Yeah! :p
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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