For those Mac owners still on OS X Snow Leopard, does the possibility exist to upgrade to OSX 10.8 Mountain Lion rather than to 10.9 Mavericks?

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Yes, Apple sells older OS as redeemable downloads from the web store.

Apple sells OS X Mountain Lion redemption codes, alongside OS X Lion, for £14 each on the UK store.

The US store link is below and it appears the part number is the same no matter which store you select:


I have some good news for you. Every Mac running Mac OS X 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard) or later will be able to upgrade for free to Mavericks.
Check the specs page on Apple.com

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But if you want to upgrade specific to Mountain Lion (can't think of a reason why?), the answer is no I'm afraid. Every time Apple releases a new OS, they drop support for the older ones.

You can always look on eBay or other second-hand sites to obtain a legal copy of the disk.

EDIT: Apple offers to buy both Lion and Mountain Lion in the online Store! Issue solved :)


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