We have needed to upgrade the two Macs in our house (our 2008-ish aluminum iMac and Beth’s 13″ white MacBook) to the current OS X for a long time. Weeks ago I discovered it was too late to upgrade online – upgrading to 10.8 is done through the Mac App Store, which isn’t available in 10.5. Also, finding an incremental upgrade to a version that includes the Mac App Store is impossible.
In Atlanta last weekend I decided to stop at the Apple Store to inquire about upgrading with a disc rather than finding more ways online. Even the Apple Store couldn’t help, as they didn’t have discs anymore – especially with the age of our OS (we’re now three releases behind). The associate told us that the only way to upgrade from 10.5 now is to call Apple. Wow. When you’re behind, you really are behind.
So that’s what we did. Last night Beth wanted to put a ringtone on her iPhone (with iOS6) from iTunes, and couldn’t. Apparently our phones were too advanced for our computers. That was the last straw – it was time to pull the trigger. She called the Apple Store at 1-800-MY-APPLE (1-800-692-7753) and spoke to someone who somehow understood exactly what we needed. We bought a family pack of OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) for about $30, and after upgrading to that we can upgrade to 10.8 (Mountain Lion) from the Mac App Store. How convenient.
We’ll have to pay for both upgrades, but a total of $60 to upgrade two computers two times is still far less expensive than upgrading a single Windows machine from Windows Vista to Windows 7.