Greg Hewgill (ghewgill) wrote,
Greg Hewgill
ghewgill

snow leopard upgrade fail

What the hell, Apple.

My MacBook came with OS X 10.4, which it's been running since 2007. Amy's MacBook came with OS X 10.5. I thought I'd step us up to the latest 10.6 "Snow Leopard" version, which is supposed to be all spiffy and better.

The Snow Leopard upgrade is NZ$59 (quit laughing at the prices of stuff here and bear with me). The Family Pack is NZ$99, which sounds like a good deal to cover our two eligible computers (the 1st gen Mini is a PPC and can't be upgraded). But on the Tech Specs page for Snow Leopard, the fine print says essentially:

  • To upgrade from 10.5 to Snow Leopard, buy the upgrade.
  • To upgrade from 10.4 to Snow Leopard, buy the Mac Box Set.

What's the Mac Box Set? It contains (surprise) 10.6 Snow Leopard, plus a whole bunch of crap like iLife, iPhoto, iMovie, iGarageBand, iWeb, iDVD, iWork, iPages, iNumbers, iKeynote that I don't care about. And it's NZ$349. Why can't I just buy the upgrade and apply it to 10.4? Is there a technical reason why the upgrade by itself won't work?

It looks like I could buy 10.5 from a local shop here (since Apple New Zealand doesn't seem to offer that version anymore) for NZ$199 and then upgrade with the Snow Leopard family pack. Why is 10.5 $199? I have no idea. Is there a better solution here?

I'm getting this >< close to not caring and just using what I already have. All I really wanted was to be able to run Google's Chrome browser.

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