Apple OS not available at retail stores

topic posted Fri, August 26, 2011 - 11:22 PM by  TMIbo
Was trying to buy a 10.6 DVD the other day and it appears to have been pulled from distribution by Apple. You can still order it online but don't bother going to an Apple retail store for a copy. Same thing for 10.5. The Apple genius at the store in Berkeley told me that it was a decision from Apple corporate to do this. Sucks to not be able to run down and get a 10.6 or 10.5 legit copy when one needs one. Only mail order now.

Sigh. Guess Apple is serious about getting folks to buy new hardware and upgrade to 10.7…

This also appears to be the case for Fry's Electronics as well BTW.
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  • Re: Apple OS not available at retail stores

    Sat, August 27, 2011 - 12:35 PM
    Honestly, I'm surprised you can still buy 10.6 online, as Apple has always stopped selling previous versions of the OS when a new one is released. It's been this way all the way back to System 7, and possibly further!

    You can, however, order 10.6 from Amazon for $37:
    • Re: Apple OS not available at retail stores

      Sat, August 27, 2011 - 11:22 PM
      They have to provide an upgrade path for currently supported hardware, that's probably the only reason. You can buy 10.6 from Apple's web store online for $29 and $4 for shipping. I think you can also get 10.5 as well but am not certain as I did not specifically look for it there.
      • Re: Apple OS not available at retail stores

        Tue, August 30, 2011 - 1:23 AM
        . . Why ? System Software Overview: System Version: Mac OS X 10.4.11 (8S165) Kernel Version: Darwin 8.11.0 Boot Volume: Snagglepuss 2011.07.26 Computer Name: dr. dosh ’s PowerBook G4 17" User Name: dr. dosh (drdosh) is the most stable and useful version . It's got that cool hold down the ctrl and two finger zoom option as default , too
        Once again , just my opinion :) Get a French DVD version of whatever it is you are looking for
        It - a l w a y s - supports English ( or your favorite language ) also Ω just a thought •
    • Re: Apple OS not available at retail stores

      Sat, November 24, 2012 - 4:31 PM
      You can now purchase 10.6 for Intel Macs from an Apple rep for $20. Here's a link to purchase the Snow Leopard disks—a phone number to call is mentioned in the upgrade instructions for 10.8!

      You'll need this to upgrade a 10.5 system to Lion or Mountain Lion too; the link also tells you which computers are supported by Mt. Lion. All older Intel Macs support 10.6. In fact, it's better to use 10.6 if you are still running older OS X software, etc.

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