New Mac Owners Can Download Mountain Lion at No Cost
Along with several OS X Mountain Lion announcements at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference last month, the Cupertino California company announced an Up-to-Date program
that allowed any customer who purchased a Mac on or after June 11 to receive a free upgrade to OS X Mountain Lion upon its public release. With the Mac App Store being the only method of being released, the free upgrade is being delivered a redemption code for the store.
Although the company has yet to officially announce it, a move they probably won’t do until OS X Mountain Lion is launched, the company’s Up-to-Date online application went live for a little while earlier in the day before it was taken down. Users were asked to enter their date and location of purchase for the qualifying Mac, being forced to fill out personal contact information and enter the serial numbers of the machines eligible for the free upgrade to OS X Mountain Lion. Once all information had been submitted, Apple was generating a reference number for the claim and the actual redemption code was being delivered via email. The redemption code was being sent out as a password-protected PDF attachment with a second email containing the password for opening the PDF.
Those who attempted to redeem the OS X Mountain Lion code in the Mac App Store were not given access to the update; however the operating system has yet to go live in the store. The people who tried to put in the code they received ended up having the Mac App Store yield an error noting that it is “not recognized as a valid code.” OS X Mountain Lion will be released later this month with hints suggesting that it will be released this Wednesday, July 25th.