Over the past decade Apple has made a complete turnaround, going from chasing to PC manufacturers to being the manufacturer every other company strives to be. This is largely in part due to the OS X operating system. At the end of July, Apple released the newest version of OS X – Mountain Lion, and there are some users who can get it for free.

The price to upgrade to Mountain Lion from an older version of OS X is USD$19.99, and it’s available to purchase and download from the Mac App Store. There are a number of users out there however who won’t have to pay.

If you’ve bought a new Mac anytime between June 11 and July 25, 2012, you can receive Mountain Lion for free. If you buy a new Mac from July 25 and onwards, and it comes with an older version of OS X, you will have 30 days to upgrade to Mountain Lion for free.

This scheme is called Up-to-Date and is not heavily advertised by Apple, making it little known to Mac users. If you have an electronic copy of your sales receipt (you get these if you buy the computer from the Apple store -online and brick and mortar – or resellers) and the serial number you can log on to Apple’s registration site and fill in your details. This doesn’t just apply to users who bought a new Mac, users who purchased a refurbished one are eligible as well.

If you’d like to know more about Mountain Lion and what your business can do with it, please contact us.