Forum Question: Upgrade to Lion – Snow Leopard required

When the Lion launch date became more clear, I was still running Leopard on my MacBook Pro. I decided to skip Snow Leopard and wait for Lion. Apparently that didn’t save me any $ as I now understand I have to have the latest version of Snow Leopard installed in order to install Lion. Is this correct? Is there any credit given by Apple for buying both at the same time??

Comments: 4 Responses to “Upgrade to Lion – Snow Leopard required”

    6/30/11 @ 12:33 pm

    Right. You need Snow Leopard because you need the Mac App Store to upgrade to Lion. Apple has been saying this loud and clear for a while now.
    No discount for getting one and then the other. But at $30 for each, it is still quite a cheap upgrade compared to past versions of OS X ($129) or Windows ($100+).
    You aren’t the first person to ask this question. But what I find interesting is why so many people are interested in going from Leopard to Lion? If you want the latest and greatest version of OS X, then why have you resisted going to Snow Leopard for all this time?

    7/3/11 @ 8:04 am

    One thing is not clear. How is that done, upgrade from Leopard to Lion? How can you get the Snow Leopard for $30 at the same time with Lion? Remember, Leopard does not have the App store!

      7/3/11 @ 12:07 pm

      You buy the Snow Leopard disc from Apple. You upgrade to Snow Leopard. Then you run Software Update to bring your install of Snow Leopard up to date. That will give you the Mac App Store. Then you use that to get Lion once it comes out.

    7/4/11 @ 7:59 am

    YES! I didn’t see the software upgrade from Leopard to Snow Leopard in the Apple web site, thanks Gary. Yes, it just is $30 bucks, not bad.

    Problem solved!

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