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Apple offers iLife upgrade for recent Mac buyers

updated 06:35 pm EST, Mon January 12, 2009

Apple iLife upgrade

Apple has announced a discount upgrade program for iLife '09 that is available to certain Mac purchasers. The promotion is designed to satisfy owners that receive computers bundled with the older version of iLife. The company will allow any customer that purchases a Mac between January 6th, 2009 to March 28 to upgrade to the latest software for $10. The systems must have been obtained from an Apple Store or an authorized reseller, and the program is still valid with certified refurbished products.

To receive the software, customers must complete an order form that includes a sales receipt or packaging slip showing the date of purchase and part numbers of the qualifying systems. Both US and Canadian residents can apply, with estimated delivery times of 3 to 7 days via USPS and slightly longer if passing through customs.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Still sucks for all those people who either got their new Mac for Christmas or bought it before the end of the year for tax purposes. I realize the full prize still isn't a horrible lot of money, but it would have been nice if the time period was December 1, 2008 on.

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  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969


    In Better News....

    It will be free of charge once someone gets it up on the torrents.....

  1. LEStudios

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Good things come those...

    who wait.

    Yeah most usually wait to MacWorld Show for product announcements. Because think of people who spend $2799 and could have got a New 17" Mac Book Pro with 8 Hour battery and can Build To Order Memory to 8GB.

  1. jondesu

    Joined: Dec 1969



    This was announced the same day as the keynote, so why is it just making it's way here now?

    And to the idiot who suggested torrents, how cheap can you be to not pay the $79 that a really good suite of software costs? If you don't need it, don't get it, but don't rip someone off.


  1. The Placid Casual

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Delivery Estimate 3rd Feb

    I urgently needed to buy a new machine yesterday here in France. It was impossible to find any Macbook Alu's at the big computer retailers, with the Applestore online also quoting a 10 day wait! In the end I picked one up from a small reseller I tracked down, and yep, no iLife 09 in the box.

    I placed my order for the 'up to date' pack earlier, and paid my 9 Euros. I am being quoted 31st Jan for dispatch, and 3rd of Feb for delivery at the earliest.

  1. timothytripp

    Joined: Dec 1969


    It would be nice...

    If Apple would provide free upgrades to iLife as any other system upgrade. I just bought my wife an iMac in July and while she loves it, it was expensive and one of the things that made it attractive was the built-in iLife. For Apple to be charging for an update seems a little cheap compared to the rest of the Apple experience we've had so far. I will say that the "family" license is very reasonable, and even the $79 single license isn't bad, but Apple portrays iLife as part of the OS (which they update regularly) but then they have a separate upgrade charge for it. If Microsoft tried to do this with parts of Vista (like Windows Movie Maker or Media Player), people would go bananas. We all just like Apple though so we allow them to walk on us just a little bit. I just think they would better serve their "we have a better way" experience by offering iLife upgrades for free (not iWork since it doesn't come in the box with every iMac and is clearly sold separately).

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