MacRumors was looking around today and discovered that at the bottom of OS X Lion’s press release, there is a paragraph about the OS’s “Up-To-Date” upgrade program. The press release says that if you bought a Mac from yesterday until Lion releases, then you will receive the new OS for free once it’s available. MacRumors also notes that in the past, these Up-To-Date programs have cost about $9.95 for an install DVD to upgrade, compared to the $29.99 retail price. Apple seems to have taken the same path as they did with iOS for this release, thankfully. The excerpt from the official press release can be found below.
The Mac OS X Lion Up-To-Date upgrade is available at no additional charge via the Mac App Store to all customers who purchased a qualifying new Mac system from Apple or an Apple Authorized Reseller on or after June 6, 2011. Users must request their Up-To-Date upgrade within 30 days of purchase of their Mac computer. Customers who purchase a qualifying Mac between June 6, 2011 and the date when Lion is available in the Mac App Store will have 30 days from Lions official release date to make a request.