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Apple Selling $20 OS X Lion and Mountain Lion in Online Store

Apple is now offering redemption codes on its online store for both OS X 10.7 Lion and OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion for users of older Macs who have not previously purchased the software, reports TechCrunch.

Lion and Mountain Lion, which are no longer available for download directly from the Mac App Store, can be bought for $19.99 each. Purchasing either one of the older operating systems will result in an email with a content code that can be redeemed within the Mac App Store.

If you need to purchase Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, you may order it from this page.

The most current version of OS X is OS X 10.9 Mavericks. To learn more, please click here.

What do you receive: An email with a content code for the Mac App Store.
Note: Redemption codes are usually delivered within 1 business day but may occasionally take longer.
Previously, users were able to purchase a copy of Lion, but doing so required a phone call to Apple. OS X Mountain Lion was available via the Mac App Store earlier this week, but it has since been removed in favor of Mavericks, leaving the new online purchasing system as the only way to acquire an older Apple OS.

Customers who have previously purchased Lion or Mountain Lion can download the operating systems through the "Purchases" tab of the Mac App Store.

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44 months ago

And the reason they don't just leave it for the public in the Mac App Store along with Mavericks is......?

Costumer confusion. They wouldn't necessarily realize that Mavericks is the better and latest version. they'd see the price tag on mountain lion or lion and think "gee, since it costs more, it must be better!"
Rating: 25 Votes
44 months ago
perfect for those still buying iPad 2s apparently :p
Rating: 20 Votes
44 months ago
thank u Apple for providing best system for mac computers.

Tim u are great chairman. God bless.
Rating: 18 Votes
44 months ago
I get still offering Snow Leopard and Lion, but Mountain Lion and Mavericks share the same system requirements.
There's no reason I can think of to run (let alone spend time and money installing) Mountain Lion, now that Mavericks is out...not to mention FREE.


Is there a Mac that shipped with 10.5 that can run OSXM?

Yes. In fact, there are a few models (Mid 2007 iMac, etc) that originally shipped with 10.4!
Rating: 16 Votes
44 months ago
Glad that Apple cares about legacy hardware. YOU ROCK!!!
Rating: 15 Votes
44 months ago
If my computer could not run Mountain Lion or later, I'd definitely take Snow Leopard over the half-baked Lion.
Rating: 11 Votes
44 months ago
Maybe by chance the ability to redownload them is fixed. Yesterday I would hit "download" for Mountain Lion and it just had a grayed out box after clicking that and it was never initiated.

Mavericks isn't free for users of 10.5 and below, so this makes sense.

Well I don't really think anything in the "below" category is compatible. :P And hell, if you are on 10.5 still and running a compatible machine, I think it's amazing you can upgrade to an OS 6 years newer for $20.
Rating: 5 Votes
44 months ago

Is there a Mac that shipped with 10.5 that can run OSXM?

My mid 2009 MacBook Pro
Rating: 4 Votes
44 months ago

Is there a Mac that shipped with 10.5 that can run OSXM?

These models originally shipped with 10.4 and can run 10.9.

* MacBook Pro (15-inch and 17-inch, Mid 2007)
* iMac (Mid 2007)

There are lots of models introduced between October 2007 and August 2009 which originally shipped with 10.5 and can run 10.9:

* iMac (Early 2008)
* iMac (Early 2009)
* iMac (Mid 2009)
* Mac Mini (Early 2009)
* Mac Pro (Early 2008)
* Mac Pro (Early 2009)
* MacBook (13-inch, Aluminium, Late 2008)
* MacBook (13-inch, Early 2009)
* MacBook (13-inch, Mid 2009)
* MacBook Air (Late 2008)
* MacBook Air (Mid 2009)
* MacBook Pro (15-inch and 17-inch, Late 2007)
* MacBook Pro (15-inch and 17-inch, Early 2008)
* MacBook Pro (15-inch and 17-inch, Late 2008)
* MacBook Pro (17-inch, Early 2009)
* MacBook Pro (13-inch, 15-inch and 17-inch, Mid 2009)
* Xserve (Early 2009)


From there, you'd have to source 10.6. Ebay, Amazon would be your only option aside from piracy. Maybe a friend who might have it or a local Apple retailer (not an Apple store) who would do you a favour.

Apple has been selling Snow Leopard on DVD from the online store for a while.


I think the question they are trying to ask is "Are there still Macs, which originally shipped with OS X 10.5, capable of running OS X M...

I believe the answer is yes.. The only hardware I believe that has been eliminated so far is the Core Solo and Core Duo Macs (and of course the PPC's)... But I could be wrong....

There are several models that can upgrade to 10.7 but not 10.8 or 10.9, due to having 32-bit EFI or older Intel integrated graphics which never got a 64-bit driver. These all have Core 2 Duo or Xeon 64-bit processors.

The following originally shipped with 10.4 and can upgrade to 10.7 but not later:

* iMac (17-inch, 20-inch, Late 2006)
* iMac (24-inch - Late 2006)
* Mac Mini (Mid 2007)
* Mac Pro (original - Mid 2006)
* Mac Pro (8-core - Early 2007)
* MacBook (13-inch, Late 2006)
* MacBook (13-inch, Mid 2007)
* MacBook Pro (15-inch and 17-inch, Core 2 Duo - Late 2006)
* Xserve (Late 2006)

The following originally shipped with 10.5 and can upgrade to 10.7 but not later:

* MacBook (13-inch, Late 2007)
* MacBook (13-inch, Early 2008)
* MacBook (13-inch, Late 2008)
* MacBook Air (original - Early 2008)
* Xserve (Early 2008)
Rating: 4 Votes
44 months ago

THis makes sense for Lion since some might have stayed with SL and Lion is the latest their mac can run and its gone from the store, but Why ML? If your Mac can run ML why not just get M?

Because of incompatible software. For example, Parallels 7 will run on Mountain Lion but not Mavericks. I think Parallels 8 will run on Mavericks, but Parallels is pushing people to upgrade to 9.

I'm sure there are other apps out there that aren't compatible with Mavericks.

I have users on everything from Leopard to Mavericks. It's intriguing which software runs and which breaks when you upgrade.
Rating: 4 Votes

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